After watching back my footage from my first visit to Barrow Hospital a few slight problems where spotted. The first problem that i noticed from a few of my shots was that the red LED light which turns on when the GoPro is recording (On the front, top & back of the camera) could be seen in the reflection of some shots. So in some scenes where i looked through a window the reflection of the light could be seen and in shots done in dark areas of the buildings. Also when I went close to any surface the light could be seen.These shots obviously could not be used. Here are some stills taken from my footage to show examples of what I mean:
As you cans see the red LED shows up in the dark and even in shots done in the light in reflective surfaces. Here is a video that shows the lights as i try and do a close up shot moving through some tape:
To resolve this solution I simply researched the Gopro settings and managed to fully turn the LED light off. Yet, this created another problem, I was unable to tell when I had begun recording. So to overcome this I have to now double check at the front of the camera on the LCD screen to make sure the film has begun shooting, then later cut out myself checking this from each shot.
Another problem with my initial footage was that my fingers seemed to creep into the side of some shots. This was an easy mistake to make with the GoPro seeing has it is a very wide angle camera with its 170 degree view. Also, the camera is very small, so there is not much to hold onto whilst filming. Furthermore, the GoPro does not have an LCD screen to look at any playback or whilst recording, so everything is just point and click and hope for the best. Below is a still taken from my footage, it shows my foot and finger obstructing the shot.
Another problem caused by not being able to check my footage on site and the fact of the wide angle lens is my shadow being visible in some footage. The once again takes everything away from the shot and makes them useless. Here is an example:
On top of these problems I found that some of my footage was quite shaky, due to holding the camera in my hands and not being able to film as smoothly as i might want to. The solution for these problems involves a few extra pieces of equipment. Firstly, I have constructed a home made Figrig to prevent shaky footage and to stop my fingers from getting in any of the shots. I will explain the construction of the Figrig in the next blog post. I have also downloaded the video playback app from the Gopro website, which gives a 2 second delayed playback of what the Gopro is seeing and recording. The only problem with this is that you need an iphone to run the app, luckily I have managed to get hold of a second hand one for this. Also this requires you to connect the Gopro and the iphone with wifi, which drains the battery very fast. So, I will only be using this when I really need to make sure a shot is looking good. As for the shadows, I will just have to be extra careful when filming.
Gopro do offer a “lcd touch bacpac” which lets you do all this on your camera, though this costs an extra £79.99, so unfortunately I am not going to be able to amount the funds.