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Old 03-08-2016, 11:00 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Justin View Post
Thanks, Pauly.
Yeah battery life seems to be an issue in the cold. I've found that keeping the camera in a small pouch (within easy reach), and keepng a hand/toe warmer packed inside the pouch has helped prolong battery life in cold temps.
I will look more into iMovie, which my buddy Rob has also suggested.
Thanks again.
Remote areas- battery use is always a compromise- you gain one thing to the detriment of another. Cold saps all rechargeable batteries, I slip the battery of my full-frame Nikon out of camera and into an inner pocket. YOu may experience fogging slipping the whole camera in there if it has been in the cold for long, a trick for bringing a cold camera into the "warm" is to put it into a ziplock bag, Cold air is normally quite dry... thus dry air is trapped in the bag...any condensation will form on the outside of the bag. DO NOT TAKE THE CAMERA OUT UNTIL ITS TEMP has warmed up- or it will instantly fog up! GoPro has a much larger battery available and there are several aftermarket devices out there like this that will give up to 12 hours continuous use.

A friend just went on a mountain climbing trip, they used a solar cell sheet to recharge everyone's phone... Spread out over gear in a canoe, you could be charging backups while you are shooting away or perhaps charging while in use- i turn my gopro on while hooked up to to computer... I have not tried to capture anything while it is charging, so not sure if this will work... but its charging all the time its on.

Or you can get something like this that itself is rechargeable and will recharge your backup batteries a couple of times.

Or some "fire" related chargers are starting to show up- no experience with them myself. But keeping a small stick fire going is not a challenge in the Adirondacks...

Finally, extra batteries are not that expensive.

As far as GoPro Video software crashing, seems all video software that i have used (Final Cut Pro included) all have sporadic issues. Depends on your computer, and even I have issues from time to time and I have very current and powerful Macs-because of my profession- (which is not video-but I can/know how to do it) ... I use them for very large-high res images and 3D illustrations- etc. The best fix? Save often! Especially when you set it to process something. Working with video means you are asking your computer to deal with a quickly staggering amount of images/data. If you configured it to take a photo every second, after a minute you’d have 60 photos. But after a 5 hour time lapse you’d have 18,000 photos. A computer that experiences a hiccup- like an email coming in etc. where the processor has to accept something new- it will react the only way a computer can, it freezes. A restart can mean you will lose everything till the last save. So the other thing you may want to do is have ONLY the video software running.

That video software is free -more or less, and it does a pretty good job! Not exactly a top of the line non-linear editing program that you can fade all sorts of types of clips and sound effects and music, narration all at once.. but it's not bad!

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