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Old 05-01-2012, 12:12 AM   #1
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How come the fish in my GoPro footage look so small?

The title says it all. The fish look miniscule when I go back and watch the footage. I had a monster 25-30lb red snapper swim up on my yesterday, and when I viewed the footage it looked about 12lbs. Triggerfish I had speared that were pretty decent sized looked like babies on the end of my polespear. Is there a zoom setting, or is it because I use a head mount and the camera is farther away from the target then if I were to use a gun mount?

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PS. Go ahead, get it out of your systems and tell me to shoot bigger fish
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:17 AM   #2
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Re: How come the fish in my GoPro footage look so small?

Do you have it set on R-5? Are you using a flat lens? As I understand it, R-5 with a flat lens makes the fish look closer/bigger than any other setting.

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Re: How come the fish in my GoPro footage look so small?

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The title says it all. The fish look miniscule when I go back and watch the footage. I had a monster 25-30lb red snapper swim up on my yesterday, and when I viewed the footage it looked about 12lbs. Triggerfish I had speared that were pretty decent sized looked like babies on the end of my polespear. Is there a zoom setting, or is it because I use a head mount and the camera is farther away from the target then if I were to use a gun mount?

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Perspective distortion

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Old 05-01-2012, 01:07 AM   #4
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Re: How come the fish in my GoPro footage look so small?

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Do you have it set on R-5? Are you using a flat lens? As I understand it, R-5 with a flat lens makes the fish look closer/bigger than any other setting.

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I am using the flat lens.

I am slightly ashamed to say... I don't know what the R-5 is
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:29 AM   #5
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Re: How come the fish in my GoPro footage look so small?

ive been told the r3 setting is better. check out the manual and it will show you how to change to the different settings.
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Re: How come the fish in my GoPro footage look so small?

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I am slightly ashamed to say... I don't know what the R-5 is
If you have the Hero 2, the 1080 setting is the same as R-5 on the original Hero, and I believe what used to be the R-3 is the 960 setting on the H2.
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Re: How come the fish in my GoPro footage look so small?

Post up the footage.
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Post up the footage.
It has to be editted... 2.8 gigs.
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Re: How come the fish in my GoPro footage look so small?

If you dont have editing software. Download mpeg streamclip for free off squared5.com i believe? And compress the shit out of it. Or just take a screengrab it will
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Re: How come the fish in my GoPro footage look so small?

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The title says it all. The fish look miniscule when I go back and watch the footage. I had a monster 25-30lb red snapper swim up on my yesterday, and when I viewed the footage it looked about 12lbs. Triggerfish I had speared that were pretty decent sized looked like babies on the end of my polespear. Is there a zoom setting, or is it because I use a head mount and the camera is farther away from the target then if I were to use a gun mount?

Thanks in advance.

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Gives you a whole nuther perspective on those shark videos huh???

What camera do you have?

... wide angle catches everything in the frame, but makes everything look farther away. It is, as far as I know, an unavoidable consequence of light refraction.
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Re: How come the fish in my GoPro footage look so small?

Sorry I haven't responded guys. I've got finals this week, last one tommorrow. I'm going diving Sunday and have the whole next week off. I'm going to handle all this video stuff after that.

Thanks for all your input. Really appreciate it.
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