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15 Mar

A Heroic Transformation: GoPro Hero 3 goes Cinematic

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Novo: a modified, cinematic Hero 3 Novo: a modified, cinematic Hero 3 View Factor/Radient Images

Ever wished your GoPro camera had cinema-style controls and a bigger, better lens? The new Hero 3 camcorder certainly has the credentials for more serious shooting, with a sensor capable even of 4K resolution

Camera support product specialists View Factor have used the GoPro Hero to showcase their camera modification skills and created the Novo: a heavily customised Hero 3. The result is a more controllable device, which uses custom geared C-Mount lenses and has a much greater degree of control over all aspects of the camera.

Back-focus

The C-mount system has a back-focus adjustment that allows macro shooting and there's an internal CPU which is interfaced to the camera can disable the standard auto exposure and allow manual adjustment via the lens.

Sadly, this device is not available for sale: it's rental-only from Radient Images.

Apparently, the remodelled Hero 3 takes a lot of work to produce, which suggests that it won't be going into mass-production any time soon, even if it does look like a 100% finished product. But it does, perhaps, show at least one way ahead for this type of camera.

 


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  • The company who produces these, View Factor, does some amazing work with engineering and manufacturing. I was at their shop in Southern California before their follow focus system came out. I was shown a demo of the controller and motors and they explained to me that they couldn't find a manufacturer who could mill their motor gears consistently within their needed tolerances so they gave up the search and bought a CNC machine to manufacturer the gears themselves. Smart, dedicated, and uncompromising.

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  • In searching for mod's and options for GoPro's, a little googling turned up the 'factory' mount, and this mob sell lenses of different types that fit the "M12-Mount" or more properly "S-Mount" that the GoPro cameras use.

    http://www.m12lenses.com/M12-Fixed-Iris-Zoom-Lenses-s/44.htm

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  • @PiDicus Rex

    "In searching for mod's and options for GoPro's, a little googling turned up the 'factory' mount, and this mob sell lenses of different types that fit the "M12-Mount" or more properly "S-Mount" that the GoPro cameras use.

    http://www.m12lenses.com/M12-Fixed-Iris-Zoom-Lenses-s/44.htm"

    Do you know where I could go to find a tutorial on how to replace these?

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