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How did they capture all that amazing Mav's footage?

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 March, 2015 - GoPro athletes Jamie Sterling, Mark Healey and Shane Dorian, along with the worlds best big wave surfers grabbed some amazing clips at the 2014 Mavericks event. But how? Here's the tech side that goes on behind those GoPro moments.

Due to the unusually punishing waters of Mavericks and the extreme physical forces on the reef, the production team opted to use Dive Housing instead of our standard Standard Housing. The Dive Housing is built to withstand unusually extreme conditions and has a higher depth rating (197 feet). 

As the GoPro production team and the surfers work hard to get the shot, GoPro Camera Tethers were utilized as an extra measure of safety against losing cameras in the massive surf.




In the early morning, the production team shot 2.7K/30fps – the slower frame rate meant that they could capture more light and get a better image before the sun rose. You’ll notice that the team used Narrow 1080p/120fps and Medium and Narrow 2.7K/60fps to film when they weren't close to the surf. 

Narrow and Medium modes brings you closer to the action without sacrificing quality. You’ll also see that the production team shot in 960p/100fps for all the POV scenes. The square resolution allows you to capture more of the athlete’s head and feet. The high frame rate means that you can record super slow motion- perfect for the chaos of the waves. 

Katie Kilbride

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