NEW Update from GoPro. Shoot, edit, and go social with photos + videos

Apparently as a followup to my well-timed and very handy video I put out this week (check it), my favorite camera manufacturer today announced the launch of a new app. It’s getting really slick my friendz. While you could control the Hero3 cameras with earlier version of the app (view – start -stop – etc) the newest version of the app allows you the same ability to control the camera, but you can now remotely view the images and videos on the camera and–here’s the kicker — edit + share them from the app for iphone, android, and windows phones.

From today’s TechCrunch article: “The app is simple enough. It connects to GoPro cams through a WiFi signal, giving owners a large set of available tools. The cameras can be viewed and controlled from a smartphone or tablet, for one –this includes adjusting the dozens of available settings on each little guy. Owners can also view, manage and download content from the camera to their phone. From there, it can be shared like any other media. Upload the action to Geocities or FriendFeed like you would any other picture.”

This update illustrates why I opened this post with “my favorite camera manufacturer”. It’s not because they are overwhelmingly the best. Sure I love them. Not sure I could make my living with just a GoPro, but truth be told it’s really what they stand for and where they’re going that make me love them the most. Like I told the New York Times a while back — it’s 5 years past due when Nikon and Canon should have had this sort of reliable technology built in small packages to allow creative photographers to shoot, edit, and share their work in new and novel ways.

Dear Canon and Nikon,
I know I’ve been telling you this stuff for 5+ years. I’m sure other pros and consultants and bean-counters have too. So why is this so hard?

ASIDE: given that you are reading this post, you’ll probably want to know how I pack my GoPro’s to travel everywhere I go. Here’s a quick post and a short vid.

AND here’s their cutsy little promo vid illustrating the emotional bits…

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46 Responses to NEW Update from GoPro. Shoot, edit, and go social with photos + videos

  1. Bram July 30, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    Change is hard and scary for some Chase :)
    Awesome update for sure

  2. earl July 30, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    I have 2 Canon 6d’s and we have alot of this functionality already with the wifi and smart phone app combine. its essential now for getting shots and vids out on location for social medai.

    • Chase July 31, 2013 at 7:46 am #

      it’s nice to see this popping up, but let’s face it. meaningful change only really is evident with the legacy manufacturers when this sort of stuff becomes a default feature set, right?

  3. Damon July 30, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    This is regret but the app runs on a few seconds delay which can defeat the purpose in many ways.

    • Damon July 30, 2013 at 10:42 am #

      Great* My auto correct hates me.

    • Gene July 30, 2013 at 11:22 am #

      Plus, on the Android platiform, the app won’t let you see a live preview once you hit record, so its only good for framing the initial shot. What works better is the LCD back pack – then you have a delay-free preview of what the camera sees.

      • Chase July 31, 2013 at 7:48 am #

        @ gene. yeah – but remember that the ol LCD back draws some serious battery juice so don’t get too hooked on it

    • Chase July 31, 2013 at 7:47 am #

      yeah – certainly not instantaneous. my guess is that this improves quickly over time and depends a bit on your network strength

  4. Oscar Lopez July 30, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Anybody got a coupon code? :)

  5. Will Byington July 30, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    This is excellent news… can’t wait to see it in action. A few thoughts… a) I agree 100% that Canon and Nikon are behind on this and I look forward to them catching up. As someone who has three GoPros (an original Hero, A Hero 2 and now the black edition Hero 3) I have long been a fan of them and use them often. b) I do agree with the complaint above that the delay on the Hero3 viewing through at least the old app is a pain and as I have been using it with a Phantom Quadcopter… the delay causes problems for sure. c) My other biggest problem lately is needing to power my GoPro for long time-lapses but as far as I have found, there are no solutions (other than drilling or doing it myself) to weather/waterproof the camera while charging. I had to do a long concert time-lapse with my GoPro in a home made protection during a monsoon… luckily it seemed to have come out ok, but hated worrying about it in the rain. Do you know any solutions or is there something they offer that I have missed?

  6. Christian Stelter July 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    Nice move.

    I just updated my GoPro Hero 2 w/ WiFi Backpack for testing. At least with this combo transferring video needs some patience. 7-8 minutes for a 142 MB video (highres, 1m18s length). Is this faster on a Hero 3?

  7. Christian Stelter July 31, 2013 at 4:12 am #

    Canon just announced the Canon LEGRIA mini – at least for Europe in Mid September. WiFi Live Streaming, Sharing etc. pp.

    Unusual form factor. It has also a waterpoofed housing.

    • Chase July 31, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      nice. moving in the right direction

  8. Brian July 31, 2013 at 4:13 am #

    I just upgraded. The girl in the video was able to take stills from the video, was just that just clever video editing for the advert or can you actually do that because I can’t figure out how it’s done in app

  9. faisal July 31, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    GoPro still needs to sort out issues.

    • Chase July 31, 2013 at 7:51 am #

      @faisal – no question there. you are correct. part of the room for gopro to grow is in reliability – especially given their desire to be the default camera for pro’s these days looking to get tough POV shots. the platform can be a bit moody but we’ll expect that to continue to improve as they tweak and update the product.

      also – the parts are a pain. too many parts, too small. reducing all that micro shit to some more well crafted body / batter / card pieces will improve the experience.

      but i’ll take the small, high caliber package that their making now over anything else on teh market for sure.

  10. Bill Binns July 31, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Great article! Very excited about the new GoPro app. Have found myself using my Go Pro for more and more non-extreme situations and the new app will surely continue the trend. Couldn’t agree more on Canon and Nikon. They need to spend less time on “8% less chromatic aberration” or the megapixel wars and more time making their products useable and relevant in today’s world.

    Canon and Nikon should look to Kodak to see what happens when a big imaging company sticks it’s head in the sand and pretends it’s beloved business model is going to last forever.

  11. c.d.embrey July 31, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    “Canon and Nikon should look to Kodak to see what happens when a big imaging company sticks it’s head in the sand and pretends it’s beloved business model is going to last forever.”

    Got that right. Canon seems to being its very best to drive me away.

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