Technology changes everthing.
Ever since I got back into riding, I have been wondering the best way to document my rides. Traditionally, a DLSR has gone into underseat storage, and up until now, I have been fully happy just to ride to a shot, set up, and shoot. I wanted a bit more in the way of unattended documentation to capture things when traveling makes holding a camera problematic.
The GoPro Hero3+ is, hands-down, a great solution to this problem. Viewing the videos it produces shows seamless capture, good sound quality. That said, there are some serious things to consider regarding ultimate useage. I am fully glad that I didn't get their 'Black' edition given the editiing facilities (PC) I currently have. The 'Black' is undoubtedly a great camera, and presumabley better than the silver edition, but I have been struggling with the Silver for a couple of weeks due to an aging PC. I have a dual-core 3GHz Pentium4 with 2GB of main memory, >1TB of drive space, dual head LCDs. Up until recently, a great performing system. Now....hopelessly out of date, and nearly useless for editing.
But I digress.
Regarding the 'holding the camera problematic' statement above, it can be best described by my very first video effort, 'Winter14'. The initial part of the video was shot with a handheld iPhone4, then mixed with stills from a Nikon, and then finally merged with GoPro video. Notice the difference in the stability of the video; it underscores why I wanted a better solution to my problem, and also shows (fractionally) the capability of the GoPro. If I had a good system, this video would have been longer, with a lot more features.
The 'Winter 2014' video link below works fine in Google Chrome, mixed success in Firefox, and is BAD in Internet Explorer. Sorry; I am working out the bugs for video. : (
What you need to easily edit GoPro videos:
a. A fast system: Intel i5 or equivalent processor
b. 4GB min, 8GB recommended
c. 64bit processor min.
d. Dual head monitors are nice, maybe necessary.