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GoPro HERO5 Interfaces

Posted by Mark Kirschenbaum on

We love learning how to "talk" to the GoPro Camera from the various interfaces. This is a continuously updated blog post that contains the various methods which external devices talk to the GoPro Camera. We purposely never became members of the Developer Program so that we can share this interface since we feel it should be open for all to use. Feel free to send us resources and notes to update this post.  Methods of Communication Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) -...

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GoPro HERO5 Tear Down and Software Study

Posted by Mark Kirschenbaum on

Well, it lasted a whole week, but I had to pop the hood on the new GoPro HERO5 (Australia - Streaky MP) and see what makes it tick. Let's start with the hardware GoPro completely apart. Note the cover is on with tape, and ultrasonically welded around the LCD no need for that hole, but its tough. The lens just twists off. Components Ambarella A9SE7 Dual Core Cortex ARM A9 with 4k Image processor SONY IMX117 Same sensor as GoPro HERO4 MICRON...

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Skydiving Camera Helmet Build

Posted by Mark Kirschenbaum on

This boogie season I decided to upgrade my camera setup. Here are the steps I took to build the helmet. Before it's assumed, we were NOT given any of these products and purchased them with our own money. Luckily for me, we do make the accessories.   Hardware Sony AX53  ($998) 4K video, incredible B.O.S.S. stabilization, great quality, complete image control, spectacular zoom, and good audio. Complete solution for ground video. Downside: 1.5lbs. (Can't wait for the new Stabilized GoPros)  Schumacher Quick...

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Convert your GoPro to a standard USB Drive

Posted by Mark Kirschenbaum on

Sick of your GoPro HERO3+ or HERO4 Camera connecting to the computer as a 'Camera' vs. a drive?" Miss the old disk-drive method? Turned On by HYPOXIC's latest update forces the GoPro Camera into being a disk drive!  Update your Turned On install and it will automatically switch to "Disk Drive" mode. If you would like the "PTP / Camera Mode" just choose Advanced on the license screen. 

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GoProInfo Tool to extract GoPro Camera's Settings

Posted by Mark Kirschenbaum on

Unfortunately there is no human readable settings information in the GoPro MP4 file.  However there are few bits that contain the camera's information. Hypoxic wrote a tool to extract the GoPro settings and the times of the highlight tags. This tool was made for the GoPro HERO4 but may work for older cameras. Leave feedback on HYPOXIC's Facebook page or git repository if you have suggestions.   For MAC OSx GoProInfo v. 0.0.5For PC GoProInfo v. 0.0.6 Based upon Bento4, the...

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