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GoPro Gorilla Style For Indie Film Makers

Looking good on a budget is never easy! 

goPro-4-blackThere is always a trade off.  Being affordable with your equipment seems to always always look less than professional. What if you could have the proverbial cake and well at least nibble on it too?  Well, with the Gopro Black and a few accessories you can look unique and your video will look like a million bucks too.  Lets take a look at what I think would make a great affordable production package for beginning film makers.

The GoPro 4 Hero Black – $399

HERO4 Black takes Emmy® Award-winning GoPro performance to the next level with our best image quality yet, plus a 2x more powerful processor. The H4 delivers super slow motion at 240 frames per second. Incredible high-resolution 4K30 and 2.7K60 video combines with 1080p120 and 720p240 slow motion to enable stunning, immersive footage of you and your world. Protune™ settings for both photos and video unlock manual control of Color, ISO Limit, Exposure and more. Waterproof to 131’ (40m) with 12MP photos at 30 frames per second and improved audio.

Now Make it look Better With The Ribcage from Back-Bone

ribcage-backbone   – $249.00

Do it yourself and save some coin! Install Back-Bone’s custom, all aluminum Ribcage mod kit on any GoPro Hero4 Silver or Black (not included). Your camera will then be able to take micro M12, CS-Mount or C-Mount lenses. Attach almost any other type of lens with optional C-Mount adapters!


Add An Amazing Lens that Capture great light and nice viewing Angles

The CS-Mount 4 to 12mm Varifocal Megapixel Lens from Arecont Vision can be used with the Arecont Vision MegaVideo Series cameras with 1/2″ format sensors. The lens is IR corrected and features a manual iris.

Crop Factor of the GoPro is 5.8 = 23mm – 70mm  Basically this just means that since the Sensor on the GoPro is only 6.17mm VS a 35mm  sensor the image gets magnified by the lens by the crop factor rating. so the 4mm lens is equal to 4mm x 5.8’crop’ which is now a 23mm lens.

Not to mention the F-stop is 1.4 VS the Gopro 2.8 You will notice significantly better low light performance! Literally twice as bright.

Now Lets Capture Some Great Audio

The RØDE VideoMic GO is compact and light weight by design and delivers clear, crisp, directional audio with incredible ease of use. Its tight pickup area focuses directly in front of the microphone and reduces other surrounding sounds, ensuring that your subject is isolated from distracting background noise.

Don’t Forget the GoPro Mic adapter for $20 from GoPro


If You Are Recording Outside get a Wind-Sock


The Rode DeadCat GO wind muff is a furry wind cover for the VideoMic GO, designed for use in windy environments. Its artificial fur is specially designed to minimize wind noise while remaining acoustically transparent.


For Professional Interviews and Business Video Production a LAV comes in Handy


The Audio-Technica PRO-88 VHF wireless microphone system is a reliable, camera mountable microphone system for event videos, training videos and much more. The Pro-88 bridges the gap between quality and affordability by incorporating high quality, rugged components for optimum results. The system consists of the Pro 88 camera mountable receiver, body-pack transmitter and AT 829mW lavalier microphone.


Now Lets Get Great Looking Handheld Shots as well and Stable Mounted Shots

EI-717 series, are die cast and machined by exacting specifications for greater stability. Each head is equipped with a fluid damping system. (infinitely or 3 plus 0 step), which provides for ultra -75°/+90° tilt range and +360° pan range. The rigid and light aluminum alloy legs ensure for excellent loading capacity and stability.

A quick release system with a safety lock prevents inadvertent disengagement of the camera latch.


Amazing Handheld Shots Start With a Gimbal


The Feiyu G4 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal allows you to capture stabilized, free-floating shots with your GoPro HERO4, HERO3+, or HERO3 camera. It is held and operated using a single hand and features four different operating modes for increased creative possibilities. You can choose to lock the camera in place along all three axes (pan, tilt, and roll), or select modes where the camera will smoothly follow as you pan and tilt the handle. Switching between modes is done using a single LED push-button on the handle, which flashes to indicate the mode selected.


Last But Not Least Get a simple Lighting Kit to Start With


The CowboyStudio 2400 Watt Digital Photography/Video Continuous Softbox Lighting Boom Set comes with a carrying case, 2 Light Stands, 3 Softboxes, 1 Boom Kit, and twelve 45 Watt 5500k Compact Fluorescent Daylight Balanced Photo Bulbs. This product is used in the studio to provide any form of lighting above the subject. It is particularly effective as a hair light or back light, which breaks up the subject from the background.



While film equipment is definitely set for your own personal preferences we at Vertex Media do believe this simple collection of film equipment with deliver the best BANG-4-Buck when it come to professional video production! The versatility in this collection is portable, high quality image capture and sound.  Never forget sound.  The human brain can tolerate a little fuzz in the image and or grain, the brain does not forgive poor audio!  For a complete package under $2000.00 I challenge anyone to find a better starter video production kit.

October 28, 2015 • #, #, #