GoPro Field Guide: Resolutions, Frame Rates and FOV

 

In the second episode of the GoPro Field Guide, we meet up mountainside with Media Team members Abe Kislevitz and Caleb Farro to hear their take on Resolutions, Frame rates, and Fields of View. Abe walks us through the different resolutions, from 4K all the way down to WVGA and their respective frame rates. He clues us in about the best uses for each of the modes, from POV, follow cam, slo-motion and gear mounted shots, to the best modes for YouTube and Instagram videos. Abe points out that there is a trade off between high frame rate and high resolution.

Another option that GoPro users have to customize their footage is Field of View. Changing the Field of View between Wide, Medium, and Narrow is essentially the same thing as zooming in, but it does this by cropping in on the sensor instead of digitally zooming, which means higher quality footage. For the best results, Abe suggests having an end goal in mind and experimenting with different resolutions, frame rates, and fields of views to achieve this.

Don’t forget to watch Episodes 1 and 3 of the GoPro Field Guide to get you capturing like the pros!

Episode 1: GoPro Field Guide: Understanding Protune
Episode 3: GoPro Field Guide: On Location

As always, happy capturing!

You might see examples of extreme use in this video. Please take appropriate precautions to ensure your own safety, the safety of those around you, and to protect your GoPro camera.

GSI Outdoors: Wine in the Backcountry

There are many water bottles on the market these days. But we’ve seen few designed specifically for wine. This entry from GSI Outdoor brings the wineskin into the modern era with some nice details and a great price ($10). We filled it with some red wine and tested it out. Our first impressions on the Soft Sided Wine Carafe are below. Drink up!

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The Gear: GSI Outdoors Soft Sided Wine Carafe (available now; $9.95)

Where To Test It: Campsite happy hour.

Who’s It For: Deep woods drinkers.

Specs: 750ml capacity. Weighs 1.3 oz. when empty. Double-screw cap opens to two sizes, a large opening for filling and a smaller spout for an accurate pour. A re-writeable date bar lets you record the type of wine in the bag.

Boring But Important: Made of a BPA-free plastic pouch.

First Impressions: It weighs almost nothing and folds down tiny when empty. The back of the carafe lists the proper serving temperature of 19 popular varietals (see image below), not that you’ll have much control over this in the backcountry beyond a bath in a chilly stream. Caveat: Wine is heavy, and this only carries one bottle. Fill it with whiskey for longer backcountry trips. (Or check out the Highland Flask and Highland Fifth.)

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GearJunkie’s Take: While this modern version of the bota bag is pretty cool, it still doesn’t measure up with the classic leather pouch. Plus, it really needs a strap for ‘round the shoulders portability and easy access! For the price, though, this is a handy container to carry wine in a backpack.

Would We Buy It: Sure, it’s a great product for $10. It seems pretty tough and didn’t leak from a hard hand-pressure squeeze. I’d probably stow the red in an external pocket, though, just in case.

 

—Sean McCoy is a contributing editor. The “First Look” column highlights new gear arrivals at GearJunkie.com. Photos © Monopoint Media LLC.

Peak Design: Bino Kit and Cover

At Peak Design we’ve always got a few stews in the cooker. Towards the end of our most recent Kickstarter campaign we announced 3 new products that will ship in the Spring/Summer 2015 timeframe, hopefully sooner: CaptureBINO, Bino Kit and Shell. Sign up here to get updates on the development and availability of our newest gear.

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HOW DOES CAPTURE BINO WORK?

For those familiar with our Capture Camera Clip, Bino Kit works exactly the same. For those wondering what the heck a Capture Camera Clip is, read on.

CaptureBINO consists of two parts: an aluminum quick-release clip that clamps onto your backpack/belt, and an aluminum adapter that screws into your binoculars. The adapter slides and locks into the clip. It can be released by pressing a little red button on the clip and sliding your binos out in the reverse direction of how you slid them in. The system is extremely secure – capable of holding over 200 lbs (90 kg) – far more secure than a strap. Unlinke other binocular pouches and holsters out there, CaptureBINO keeps your binos very quickly accessible and does not add a bunch of unnecessary bulk to your gear.

WHAT KIND OF BINOCULARS WILL CAPTURE BINO FIT?

Any set of binos with a 1/4″-20 tripod mount. Some cheaper binoculars don’t have this mount, but most prosumer and professional rigs do.

WILL BINO KIT WORK WITH ALL VERSIONS OF CAPTURE?

Yep.

 

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WHAT KIND OF CAMERAS WILL SHELL FIT?

Shell will be created in two sizes, small and large.

The small version is intended to cover small to medium sized SLRs and mirrorless cameras (squeezing a Canon 5D/Nikon D600), and a standard zoom (55-200mm) lens when retracted.

The large version is intended to cover medium to large SLRs (loose on a Canon 5D/Nikon D600 to Canon 1D Nikon D4), and a lens up to a 70-200 F2.8 lens (without hood).

The intent of Shell is protection from water and dust, not to create a waterproof, hermetic seal for your rig. It will allow you to carry and operate your camera in rainy and dusty environments. It will not be submersible – it’ll be more like a rain jacket.

Scott Wintersports

PRW is stoked to be representing Scott Wintersports in the Northwest!

We will be profiling the greatest wintersports gear in the coming weeks. First up the Scott LCG Goggle.

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SCOTT LCG Goggle

The reigning champion in goggles, the SCOTT LCG is back for year two. Featuring SCOTT’s award-winning Lens Change Slider system, the SCOTT LCG raised the bar. The interchangeable lens and Fit Systems allow skiers to fully adapt their vision. Thanks to the LCG and its portable low-profile molded lens case, you can now quickly and confidently adjust to whatever the mountain throws at you.

 

 

CamelBak 2015 Kudu 12 Hydration Pack with Back Protection

From Pinkbike.comRichard Cunningham
The Kudu 12 pack has wings which spread the load securely and comfortably to the rider's hips. The shoulder straps are ventilated with mesh fabric.

The Kudu 12 pack has wings which spread the load securely and comfortably to the rider’s hips. The shoulder straps are ventilated with mesh fabric.

 

Helmet and pad storage is well thought out and accessible.

Helmet and pad storage is well thought out and accessible.

CamelBak Kudu 12 Hydration Pack

One of the more impressive items seen at Press Camp in Park City in June was CamelBak’s Kudu 12 hydration pack. The Kudu has a pouch between its ventilated mesh back and its bladder compartment which contains a three-layer impact protection pad. CamelBak’s ‘Impact Protector’ is a CE 1621-2 Level 2 certified protector, which adds very little weight and bulk to the pack in exchange for a hefty measure of safety. The Kudu 12 features a pull-over rain shroud, a wide hip belt with a quick access pocket and the usual range of useful zip compartments that CamelBak is known for. An outer flap is designed to stow a helmet for transfer stages, and there are straps on the lower end of the pack to secure pads. The reservoir holds 100 fluid ounces (3 liters) and there is enough room in the larger compartment for foul weather gear. Inside a stretch-mesh pocket is a roll-up tool organizer to facilitate quick repairs. The pack design is wider than it is deep, to keep the bulk of the its contents closer to the body and less apt to throw the rider off balance. I thought the pack was an important development – a necessary item for enduro racing which has been redesigned to serve a greater purpose. The Kudu 12 holds 549 in³ (9 liters) and MSRP $200.

Six pads on the mesh-lined pack separate the Kudu 12 from your back, and form channels for ventilation. The tri-layer protection element is inserted into a dedicated pouch directly behind the six pads.

Six pads on the mesh-lined pack separate the Kudu 12 from your back, and form channels for ventilation. The tri-layer protection element is inserted into a dedicated pouch directly behind the six pads.

Outside Inside: Adventure Games

Ahhh, summer. Great time to get outdoors. We have lots of things you can do back at the camp after the hike or paddle. Check out our new and ever growing adventure games. Great packable fun for everyone in your group.

BACKPACK TABLE TENNIS

This one-of-a-kind Backpack Table Tennis Set features authentic style table tennis paddles, 3 table tennis balls and 1 net with adjustable posts. For use on a smooth, flat table top surface, you can play at home or take it on the go for all your adventures. A great way to inject a little friendly competition into your down-time, the included net will fit most tables up to 1.75” thick.

  • Authentic table tennis paddles
  • Net expands up to 6’ wide
  • Includes: 2 paddles, 3 balls, 1 net w/ pac

 

Dome 2 in 1 Ladderball/Cornhole

You’ll enjoy two different games in one unique, packable set with this Dome 2 in 1 Ladderball/Cornhole game set. Set it up just like a tent and play for hours around the campfire with your family or buddies. Perfect for any outdoor space, this set conveniently packs down to a small, lightweight pack-sleeve making it a great option for backcountry trips as well.

  • Shock corded fiberglass poles w/ Rip-stop nylon outer
  • 2 players
  • 2 games in 1

Yakima SupDawg

Our twice-annual pilgrimage to the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City was this month. Thousands of brands display new wares and gear that won’t be available to public until 2015.

Yakima introduces ‘world’s widest’ SUP carrier — The Yakima SUPDawg is a SUP roof rack that can carry two 36 inch wide boards, making it the widest on the market, Yak cites. The universal mounting hardware can fit to any bar shape, eliminating many of the hassles of fitting a new rack.

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 The ultimate SUP carrier that does all the work for you

• Premium, sleek glossy black finish to complement modern vehicles

• Integrated rollers for easy loading of oversized SUP boards

• Fully assembled out of the box

• Slider adjusts to boards up to 36˝ wide

• Soft padding cradles and protects boards

• Integrated strap management stows strap ends for travel

• Tool-free install on round, square, factory and aerodynamic bars

• Includes everything needed to carry up to 2 SUP boards

• Fully integrated security

 

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