GoPro HERO Tutorial: How To Get Started

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hey guys in this video I want to show

you how to get started with the GoPro

Hero the hero is GoPros entry-level

camera and it's a great way to get into

using a GoPro and figure out how it

works before you have to get into too

many settings so I'll get your camera

let's get started to open the box simply

lift the tabs at on the side here and

slide this sleeve off of the main box

then underneath here there's another tab

you just need to peel that back and then

you can slide the cover off your camera

there's some documentation here it's got

a QuickStart guide and some other

documentation you can remove that pull

this case off here are your cameras

right here put your camera out and

inside of this box here is the rest of

the stuff that comes with your kit so

you can get all that out too and here is

everything that should have come in the

kit here's a skeleton backdoor your

camera and it's on a buckle here and

there's two adhesive mounts in here and

also a white locking plug and a USB

cable you also need to buy a micro SD

card if you haven't already it requires

a class 10 or uhs-1 card up to 32

gigabytes max I'm just going to begin

with some basic information here this is

the waterproof housing that surrounds

your camera with all of the other GoPros

the camera actually comes out of this


but with the hero it's actually a

permanent part of this housing so as

long as you have this backdoor on which

is a solid backdoor here your camera is

completely waterproof as long as you

have the seal closed correctly this here

is the lens port it's called and it's in

front of the lens that's the part of the

camera housing that you really need to

make sure it stays clean free of water

drops and free of dirt so you can get a

nice clean video or picture this here is

called the buckle this is a horizontal

surface buckle and this is the thumb

screw that connects your camera to the

buckle the thumb screw is always used

when mounting your camera to one of the

mounts however the buckle is only used

with certain mounts your camera comes

with a partial battery charge

test it out record some videos or photos

but before you do that you have to

insert the microSD card into your camera

to insert the microSD card in your

camera you need to open the back door up

so lift this black tab in the front here

and release it from the back door then

you pull the back door forward this way

and that will open up the back your

camera if the buckle down here is in the

way just loosen this thumb screw rotate

the buckle out of the way and the back

door will open further and this is the

micro SD card slot so with your micro SD

card upside down with the text facing

towards you just insert it into the slot

here and push it in with your thumbnail

till it clicks in place and then close

the back door again by closing it all

the way both thumbs pull the latch over

the ledge here and push it down with

your fingers so that it closes securely

next I'm going to show you how to use

the buttons on your camera scroll

through some of the modes and give you a

basic rundown of how the camera works to

turn your camera on press this button

here this is the front power mode button

when you push that button your camera

will turn on straight into video mode if

you push the button again it scrolls

through the different modes there it's

in single photo mode there it's in burst

mode time-lapse mode and the settings

menu I'm going to push it one more time

to go back to video mode to start

recording a video you push the top

button here the shutter button now it's

recording a video you can see the LED

light flashing and the timer going that

indicates that the video is recording

push the button again to stop recording

now your camera display will show that

you have one video recorded video mode

is the only mode designated to taking

videos this mode here is the photo mode

this is designated to taking a single

photo with the push of a shutter button

so if you push the shutter button it

will take one photo if you push the mode

button again it will change to your

burst mode this takes ten photos over

two seconds so if you push the shutter

button it'll take ten photos

automatically over two seconds this is

great for action sequences and things

that are happening really fast the next

mode is time-lapse mode this will take

photo every half a second from when you

push the shutter button until you stop

pushing the shutter button it's going to

continuously take photos you can use

this for making time-lapse videos or

also for recording yourself in action

when you can't reach your camera a 32

gigabyte card can hold about 18,000

photos at 5 megapixels so you shouldn't

have a problem running out of room if

you push the mode button again it will

take you to the settings menu settings

menus where you can change video

resolution set the time and date format

your card which means erase the files

and turn quick capture on and a few

other settings there are only three

video resolutions with the hero so I'm

going to show you what they're for push

the top shutter button to select and you

can go into the settings menu this is

resolution so if you push the shutter

button again it'll show you the

different options we've got 1080

37:20 SF 60 and 720 - 60 so what that

means is 1080 - 30 means it's recording

1080p HD video at 30 frames per second

the 720 s - 60 means is recording 720p

video in super view at 60 frames a

second and the other one 720 F 60 is

recording 720p video at 60 frames a

second but it's not using the super view

setting the 30 frames per second is

great for regular speed video and it's

the highest quality video you can get

with this camera the 60 frames per

second resolutions are both good for

slow-motion you can slow down the video

two times and have good quality video to

make your selection in the settings menu

push the mode button it will select

different options and push the top

shutter button to select you can exit

out of the settings menu at any time by

holding down the top shutter button and

it'll take you back into video mode

on the LCD status screen here the top

icon shows what mode you're in so it's

showing a video camera that means you're

in video mode right here is the

resolution it says 720 s 60 that's the

video resolution or if you're in photo

modes it will show you the photo

resolution which is 5 megapixels on the

hero this counter here shows how many

videos you have recorded or if you're in

the photo modes it'll show you how many

photos you have recorded total on your

memory card right here the timer that

shows how much video time is left on the

memory card at the current resolution it

will change if you change the

resolutions because they take different

amount of memory or if you're in photo

mode it'll show how many photos are left

on your memory card and this indicator

here is the battery life status

indicator that just shows how many bars

about er you have left it's showing one

bar here so we're going to charge the

camera in just a minute to turn your

camera off

hold down the front power mode button

and your camera will turn off

to charge the battery on your hero

camera open up the back door of your

camera and grab the USB cable that came

in your kit plug the small end of the

USB cable into the USB port on your

camera plug the other end of the USB

cable into a port on a computer and

you'll see your camera will start

charging once the battery is completely

charged this will stop moving and will

be show a completely full battery the

battery lasts for about two and a half

hours in the beginning it's a lithium

rechargeable battery and it's not

removable from your camera

when your camera is connected to a

computer with USB cable and the USB mode

is indicated you should be able to

access your camera's memory card if

you're using a Mac there are some

programs that block that access to this

so you might have to use image capture

to import your files the memory card

usually shows up on your computer as no

name or untitled and within that folder

your files are stored in a folder called

100 GoPro you can drag those files onto

your computer which is best to drag them

onto your computer before you try to

view them the second way to transfer

your files is to actually remove the

micro SD card from your camera and use

the adapter that came with your micro SD

card you can put this into an SD card

slot on your computer and then drag the

files over to your computer from there

you always want to make sure your

camera's firmware that runs your camera

is updated there's two ways to update

your camera its firmware and that's

through GoPros website and

slash support

we're also by connecting your camera

through GoPro studio which is GoPros

free editing software any updates will

add extra settings or fix any glitches

that were in your camera's firmware in

previous releases

the hero comes with two backdoors the

standard waterproof backdoor and the

skeleton backdoor the standard

waterproof backdoor is a solid backdoor

there's no openings in it this is good

for anytime you're going to be in the

water or in an environment where your

camera could get dirty or wet

the only drawback about the waterproof

backdoors the audio can be muffled

sometimes so if you're an environment

where your camera is not prone to get

dirty or wet you can use this skeleton

backdoor the skeleton backdoor also

allows you have access to the USB port

when it's on there to change the

backdoors you just open the backdoor up

by lifting the tab and flipping the

backdoor down and then you just kind of

wiggle it off till it comes this little

bar comes out of the clasps down here

just like that and then you can put on

the new backdoor make sure the white

gasket here this little rubber gasket is

what creates the seal so make sure

that's facing the inside of the camera

and then just wiggle it in place you

can't take the buckle off if you want if

you're having trouble doing it with it

on and then close the backdoor make sure

it seals up tight by getting the

complete ledge of this latch over the

ledge on the backdoor and closing it if

you're going to be using your camera for

surfing or other water sports I highly

recommend also getting a floaty backdoor

the GoPro cameras don't float and this

backdoor will help your camera float

when you put on the back your camera

the hero comes with a few basic mounting

pieces and although I'm sure you'll want

to expand your mounting selection from

here but this is a curved adhesive mount

with the square corners this is a flat

adhesive mount with the rounded corners

this is the white locking plug and the

camera comes on the buckle with the

thumb screw the curved adhesive mount

has a curved bottom here and this is

mostly for mounting to helmets or any

other curved surface the flat adhesive

mount is better for mounting to flat

surfaces because this bottom is

completely flat so you mount it to


surfboards sometimes on your vehicle any

other area we have a nice flat smooth

surface and this is the white locking

plug this can be used when you're using

this horizontal surface buckle to secure

your camera and also to reduce vibration

for the adhesive mounts you want to find

a smooth surface it's not flexible and

nice and clean I wouldn't typically

adhere it to this because it's kind of

rough but I'm going to just to show you

how to use these the adhesive mounts

should be applied at room temperature

but if you're in a cold environment you

can heat up the bottom of it with a

hairdryer or a lighter without touching

the plastic liner of course and then

peel off the liner that will soften the

adhesive a bit when you're ready to

adhere the mount to the surface just

remove the red liner here steal it off

and stick it to the surface that you're

mounting it to give it a good push to

get the adhesive tacky and you should

wait 24 hours before you put your camera

into the adhesive mount after 72 hours

the adhesive will be fully cured and

you'll have a really strong mounting

location for your camera

then to mount your camera in there you

just slide these tabs in I'll show you

backwards you can see slide these tabs

in here and just slide it in until it

clicks in place and then you can put the

white locking plug in here it just fits

in between these tabs here and this goes

over the thumb screw before you attach

it just slides right down in there like

that and then this goes through the

thumb screw of course the hero is

compatible with a lot of the different

mounts made by GoPro and by other

companies to learn more about which

mounts might be right for you you can

check out my book here it is on the

helmet front mount and here it is on the

bobber buy go pull this is a floating

handle and GoPro also makes a floating

handle called the handler because your

camera is permanently part of this

housing and can't be replaced like the

other GoPro cameras I highly recommend

getting a protective case like this one

from in case the Blues protect your

housing so I won't get a scratch as

easily the scratches really show up

really prominently on this dark housing

I hope that helps you get started with

your hero camera for more information

and help on how to edit and share your

files and use all the different mounts

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