Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Drivin' Home

Hi everyone!  Welcome to 2013.  Ready or not, it's a new year.  We had a good holiday here at Digital Diner and hope that you did also... but the holiday is over and now it's time to get back to the grind.

My New Year's Resolution is 4k!

Over the holiday, we got a new camera, the GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition.  It is a tiny little device, only slightly larger than a box of matches, but it is capable of taking amazing, cinema quality video (If you don't want to hear technical details, just skip to the video below and enjoy our little time lapse creation).  GoPros are the cameras that extreme skiers and surfers connect to their helmets and surfboards to get those amazing shots that make you want to go out and try all sorts of risky sports.  This new version of the camera is able to record 12 megapixel stills and video at up to 4K resolution.  You see, while you may hear about high definition 1080p video, the next big thing is 4K video, with four times as many pixels.  In 1080p (pronounced "ten-eighty pee") each frame of video is 1920x1080 pixels or 2 megapixels per frame.  In 4k format, each frame of video is 3840x2160, or roughly 8 megapixels.  You can't buy a TV that will show this high quality video yet, but it will likely be coming this year.  Right now the only way to see it is on a very high resolution computer screen or a preproduction TV set, however, I can tell you it looks spectacular.  There are also a very few theaters around the country that show movies in this format, but they are difficult to find.  
The GoPro camera can record some slow motion (720p @ 120 fps and WVG @ 240 fps)  Woohoo! It's not a $10k Phantom, but it's slow motion!  In the other direction, it does a fine job capturing time lapse photography, which you already know we enjoy.  It also comes with a waterproof housing and all sorts of ways to mount it to various things.  You can expect fun films from us in the coming months.

So, as a trial, I stuck the suction cup mount to the windshield as we drove home from Oregon and took a little time lapse of out trip across the Siskiyou mountains at the Oregon/California border.  Add a little dub step music et viola!  It's a movie.  I hope you enjoy it.  (BTW, this particular video is NOT in 4k since it isn't a cinematic masterpiece and not many people would be able to see it in its full glory anyway)