With only a few holiday shopping days left, I couldn’t think of a better time to share the ultimate Epson and GoPro holiday gift experience. Yes, “experience.” Read on and you’ll understand what I mean.
When you think GoPro, what comes to mind? For most people, including myself, a long time Epson employee, it’s adrenaline and action packed videos. And while that’s absolutely true, GoPro cameras, like the HERO4 Session, are versatile cameras capable of so much more. Beyond capturing high-quality video – from the top of Mammoth to the epic Hawaiian surf – you can take your experience a step further and pull still camera frames from the video to create a printed sample, a panoramic print (everyone knows how much I love panos) or a more traditional size print. And, it’s there in the printed sample that lies a cornucopia filled with endless, customizable holiday gift ideas and possibilities.
The idea here is simple and the approach can be as extreme or “everyday” as you’d like. Put your mind into vacation mode and think scenic, fun places like the Grand Canyon or Mammoth. Using a GoPro camera, you can capture video at 4K or 1080p resolutions. If you record at 4K, you can actually capture the video by using a steady pan across the scene, and probably create a pretty good canvas panorama print. Check out the video below and the recent series of Community posts – Drones on a Plain, Propeller Panoramas and A Stitch of Nine in No Time – to learn how to create a panorama from aerial video files in Photoshop.
If you record in 1080p resolution, the Epson SureColor P400 13-inch photo printer is the perfect solution to output your still image panoramic print, given its 8.3-inch glossy and luster roll paper support. Lower resolution, no problem. The pano of Mammoth Mountain shown here was converted in Photoshop CC 2015 from 1080p video shot on the GoPro HERO4 Black printed on the P400 and came out to 8.3” x 27” long. I did this in about an hour. Bonus: The big photo on the wall (also of Mammoth) was shot on my phone and printed at 12”x18”.
Keep in mind too that you can shoot 12 megapixel stills with the GoPro cameras. Plus, leveraging Protune, an advanced set of features available on the GoPro HERO3+ and HERO4 cameras, photographers and the like gain more control over settings like ISO Limit, EV Compensation, Sharpening, White Balance and Color Temperature. With the P400, you can print beautiful output from a 12 megapixel file – it offers borderless printing from 4”x6” to 13”x19,” including the popular frame sizes such as 8”x10” and 11’x14.” From there, you can create keepsake gift items, like a panorama print to display proudly on the wall, or a shadow box filled with a variety of still prints captured from your latest GoPro video experience. The same is true when pulling still images from a video file for printing.
Instead of gifting your loved ones with “stuff” this holiday season – well, unless the “stuff” uses super cool technology (like the GoPro cameras and Epson photo printers), offer a piece of yourself – a personal, custom memory preserving an unforgettable experience.
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