Y’all, we’ve never had any sort of good recording device for family memories outside of our iphones. It’s just sad! Sure, we have tons of still pictures but I often lament the fact that we don’t have baby steps, birthday parties and Christmas mornings on a video reel.
So, after weighing many options, we got a GoPro. I am really a novice at the whole thing and am not sure that I could offer anything in a review that a gazillion other sites haven’t covered. (I know this because I have read all of them.)
We used it for the first time on our Disney trip last month. Over the course of eight days, we had over 200 little video clips. A laughable amount were of the ground or back of our hands. We went with the trial by fire method and opted against reading directions (Honey….).
It took me about two weeks and an ungodly amount of hours to sort through all of the videos and figure out how to edit them together. I am NO professional, but we will ALWAYS cherish these memories and the little personalities that were sometimes lost in print.
If you made it to the bitter end, THANK YOU for sticking around. It’s 8 minutes of your life that you just spent right there :-) We have watched it SO many times ourselves, which makes me so darn happy that we finally did it!
I don’t have a review or how to, but am happy to answer any questions you have. In the mean time, here are a few things you might want to know:
- We used the GoPro Silver Hero 4. We chose this one because of the LCD back and touch screen.
- We also have the Dual Battery Charger with Extra Battery. This is a MUST! I charged both batteries each night and kept a spare in our bag. The one time I didn’t do this, it was dead. That was our Animal Kingdom day, hence the fact that there are only still images.
- We did not buy any of the strap it to your body accessories yet, and might not. We took a wrist strap off of an old camera and attached it to the hard clear outer gopro case. We just held it in our hand with the strap tightened around our wrist the whole time.
- I edited all of the clips, pictures and music together in Windows Movie Maker. I tried the GoPro Studio for a couple of days and lost a ton of work both times. Movie Maker was intuitive and worked great. Keep in mind that this was my first time ever doing something like this.
- Next time I will be more purposeful about getting a good, solid 1-2 minute clip of highlights of our trip. This time was very willy nilly. I had 4 second videos of random things and then 6 minutes clips of things that were a total bore. I only used a very small fraction of everything I had! And, I didn’t want it to be two hours long, so I think starting with short clips of GOOD stuff would have been easier.
I cannot wait to use this more!!! I’ve gotten a few good videos of Whit’s baseball games and can’t wait to edit those together at the end of his season. Also, if you have any tips or pointers for me, I’d love to hear them!
DIXIE DELIGHTS DELIVERED