Well, today i tried it... briefly. Just a little test to see if it worked...and... it does!
There are some caveats though:
- It doesn't work in ProTune mode as the HDMI out is disabled.
- It's still limited by being 8bit and having the tiny sensor.
- You can't have the GoPro in it's waterproof housing as the HDMI cable needs to be in.
Other than that, it works a treat. I need to do some more detailed testing and analysis of the footage.. it marginally looks better than the same shot using the ProTune option on the GoPro.
Both were captured at 1920x1080 running in 25p mode....medium lens width. I had a quick play with both the files in FCPX and obviously, the ProRes file was ready to rock immediately and seemed to respond well to colour grading... the ProTune mp4 from the GoPro itself need some time to transcode to ProRes, but once it was done, the footage was also quite plyable in post... If i had to choose, i'd say the file from the Ninja was slightly cleaner with less noise.
Of course, using the Ninja takes away a lot of the portability and attractiveness of the GoPro, but in some instances, it's a really nice option to have.
I would have posted the footage, but by the time it's been through Vimeo or YouTube compression there's no discernable difference.
|As you can see, the mp4 is 35mbps and the ProRes HQ is 172mbps, but both are HD 1-1-1 (REC709)