GOPRO HD HERO INSTRUCTIONS





  1. Status LCD Screen
  2. Power/Mode Button
  3. LED Light
  4. HDTV Out Port
  5. USB Port
  6. Combo TV/Audio Out
  7. HERO BusTM Port
  8. Battery Door
  9. Shutter/Select Button
  10. SD Card Slot
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Using Camera Buttons

POWER/MODE BUTTON - Front of Camera

POWER/MODE button powers camera on and off and works as a mode switching button once camera is on.

Turn Camera On

Press and hold the POWER/MODE button and the camera will turn on. The camera will beep 3 times, indicating the camera is powering on.

Push the button once quickly, otherwise modes might shift.

Turn Camera Off

Press and hold the POWER/MODE button for 2 seconds. The camera will beep 7 times, indicating the camera is shutting off.

Changing Modes

Once the camera is on, pressing the POWER/MODE button will change modes from video mode to self-timer, to photo mode, etc.

SHUTTER BUTTON - Top of Camera

Shutter button starts and stops video recording and photo capture. When in the SET menu of options the shutter button acts as a toggle button for changing settings, See the SETTINGS MENU section of these instructions for more information.

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STATUS LCD ICONS

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Basic Functions

TO SHOOT VIDEO

Turn on camera by pressing POWER/MODE button. The camera will power on in VIDEO mode as the default mode. Default resolution is 960p (1280x960). See Settings Menu section to learn about resolutions. Press shutter button to begin recording video. Red LED light on front of the camera will blink while video is recording. Press shutter button to stop recording or camera will automatically stop recording when your SD card is full or your battery dies (approx 2.25 hours of battery life on a full charge).

USING 10 SECOND TIMER

Press the POWER/MODE button until you see the 10 SECOND TIMER icon. Press the SHUTTER button and the camera will automatically shoot a photo in 10 seconds. A series of beeps and a flashing red LED light will indicate when the photo has been taken.

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(blinking icon)

TO SHOOT PHOTOS EVERY "X" SECONDS TIME LAPSE MODE

Press POWER/MODE button until you see the blinking camera icon. The default timing is to shoot a photo every "2" seconds, automatically. Press the shutter button to start taking photos. Press the shutter again to stop. To change the timing to shoot a photo every 2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds. See the SETTINGS MENU section of these instructions.

The camera display only displays up to 999 photos. However, the camera will continue to take pictures past the 999th photo.

TO SHOOT SINGLE SHOT PHOTOS

Press the POWER/MODE button repeatedly until you see the solid, non blinking camera icon. Press SHUTTER button to take a photo. A beep will sound and a red LED will flash to indicate a photo has been taken.

TO SHOOT TRIPLE SHOT SEQUENCE PHOTOS

Press POWER/MODE button until you see the triple shot icon on the front LCD status screen. Press the shutter button to shoot 3x photo-sequence in 2 seconds.

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SETTINGS MENU

ENTERING THE SETTINGS MENU

Press the POWER/MODE button repeatedly until you see the SEt icon (above). Press the SHUTTER button to enter the settings menu. Press the POWER/MODE button to cycle through options once in settings menu.

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CHOOSING ONE BUTTON MODE ON / OFF

"One Button Mode On" forces the camera to automatically begin recording video or photos once the camera is turned on, depending on which default power up mode the camera is set to (see next instructions). In "One Button Mode On" the camera is either "on and recording", or powered off. This simplifies camera operation when loaning the camera to friends or when you know you only want to shoot in one mode.

The shutter button is disabled in “One Button Mode” and will not start or stop the recording while the camera is on.

Symbol on LCD Screen     Function
onF (default setting) One Button Mode Off
onO One Button Mode On

CHOOSING DEFAULT MODE AT POWER UP

You can program your camera to turn on in either Video mode, Photo mode, Triple Shot Sequence mode, or Photo Every "X" Seconds mode:

Symbol on LCD Screen     Function
F (default setting) Video Mode (F means "Filming")
P Single Shot Photo Mode
3 Triple Shot Photo Mode
PES Photo Every "X" Seconds Mode

Press the SHUTTER button to toggle between choices.
Press the POWER/MODE button to save whichever setting is showing on the screen and continue to the next feature option.

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CHOOSING VIDEO RESOLUTION

Your HD HERO camera shoots the following video resolutions:

NOTE: Above r1, r2, r3, r4, and r5 settings in the SET menu appear as 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 (no "r") on the bottom left corner of LCD screen when not in the SET menu. See previous "STATUS LCD ICONS" drawing for an example of this.

Press the SHUTTER button to toggle between choices.
Press the POWER/MODE button to save whichever setting is showing on the screen and continue to the next feature option.

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CHOOSING EXPOSURE SETTING

Choose between Spot Meter and Center Weighted Average Meter exposure settings depending on the lighting of your environment.

Press the SHUTTER button to toggle between choices.
Press the POWER/MODE button to save whichever setting is showing on the screen and continue to the next feature option.

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UPSIDE DOWN IMAGE CAPTURE

If you need to mount your camera upside down to get the perfect photo or video angle, you can program the camera to save the photo or video upside down so that it appears right side up when you review it on your computer or TV. This eliminates the need to "flip" the photo or video later on your computer.

Press the SHUTTER button to toggle between the UP / UPd choices.
Press the POWER/MODE button to save whichever setting is showing on the screen and continue to the next feature option.

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SETTING VIDEO LIVE FEED ON / OFF

You can set your camera to send a live video signal out the side TV or HDTV ports by toggling the VIDEO LIVE FEED setting on and off. Video Live Feed 'ON' (LFO) allows for plugging the camera into wireless transmitters and TVs for live viewing from the camera. Video Live Feed 'OFF' (LFF) allows for playback of photo and video files from the camera onto a TV. Video Live Feed via the USB port is not supported.

If Video Live Feed is turned on (LFO), the camera will stay in normal camera mode when plugged into a TV and will send a live video signal to the TV. Plugging in the component cable will send an HD video signal out from the camera, and plugging in the composite cable will send a standard definition signal out from the camera. NOTE: If the component cable is used to send live HD video out from the camera, and you begin simultaneously recording HD video to the SD card, the live video feed will be reduced to standard definition as the camera cannot record and transmit HD video at the same time. If you wish to have an HD live video feed from the camera you cannot begin recording HD video to the SD card. If the composite cable is used to send standard definition video out from the camera, then the camera can simultaneously record HD video to the SD card.

Press the SHUTTER button to toggle between choices.
Press the POWER/MODE button to save whichever setting is showing on the screen and continue to the next feature option.

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CHOOSING ON SCREEN DISPLAY ON / OFF

When the camera sends a live feed video signal out to a wireless transmitter or TV, it will send a battery meter icon and a recording on/off icon via an “On Screen Display” that will appear in the video feed. If you prefer to turn these status icons off, you can do so by toggling the “On Screen Display” setting off.

Press the SHUTTER button to toggle between choices.
Press the POWER/MODE button to save whichever setting is showing on the screen and continue to the next feature option.

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CHOOSING PHOTO EVERY 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 SECONDS TIMING

You can shoot a photo every 2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds, ongoing, with the "Photo every X seconds" mode. When you see P2 (photo every 2 seconds is the default setting), you can press the SHUTTER button to toggle the following options:

Press the SHUTTER button to toggle between choices.
Press the POWER/MODE button to save whichever setting is showing on the screen and continue to the next feature option.

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CHOOSING LED BLINKING ON / OFF

You can set the red LED light to blink while filming or to be off at all times, for stealth:

Press the SHUTTER button to toggle between choices.
Press the POWER/MODE button to save whichever setting is showing on the screen and continue to the next feature option.

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CHOOSING BEEPING SOUND ON / OFF

You can set the beeping sound to beep or be silent at all times, for stealth:

Press the SHUTTER button to toggle between choices.
Press the POWER/MODE button to save whichever setting is showing on the screen and continue to the next feature option

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CHOOSING NTSC / PAL SETTING

This controls the video output of the camera when viewing on a TV.
Select nSC (NTSC) if viewing on a TV in North America. Choose PAL if viewing on a PAL TV (most televisions outside of North America). or if viewing on a PAL TV in any region.

Press the SHUTTER button to toggle between choices.
Press the POWER/MODE button to save whichever setting is showing on the screen and continue to the next feature option

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DELETE LAST FILE SAVED

When "LSt" is on the LCD screen, you can delete the last file saved to the SD card:

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DELETE ALL FILES AND FORMAT SD CARD

When "ALL" is on the LCD screen, you can delete all files and format the SD card:

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AUTO POWER OFF SETTING

You can program the camera to automatically turn off at 60, 120, 300 seconds, or you can set the camera to OFF to keep the camera on until you manually turn it off.

Press the SHUTTER button to toggle between choices.
Press the POWER/MODE button to save whichever setting is showing on the screen and continue to the next feature option

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SETTING THE TIME AND DATE

You can set the time and date on the camera as long as the battery stays in the camera. Once the battery is removed the time and date settings will be lost:

Plug the camera into a usb charger to avoid losing time and date settings while swapping batteries.

Once you select the "minutes" setting and press the SHUTTER button, you will return to the SEt entrance for the settings menu.

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EXITING THE SETTINGS MENU

When you see ESC on the screen, press the SHUTTER button to exit the SETTINGS MENU.


CONNECTIVITY / BATTERY CHARGING

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

The HD HERO camera is compatible with Microsoft® Me/2000/XP/VISTA or later, or Mac OS X 10.2 or later. The HD HERO camera can also be plugged into any standard definition or HDTV that has RCA or component (RGB) ports, allowing for high quality playback.

Windows System Requirements for Full HD 1080p and 720p 60 fps Playback: Macintosh System Requirements for Full HD 1080p and 720p 60 fps Playback:

If you are having problems achieving smooth playback on your computer, the HD HERO camera can also plug directly into any standard definition or HDTV that has RCA or component (RGB) ports. The HD HERO camera itself provides very smooth playback directly on a TV and when using component (RGB) cables for HD playback, the quality matches that of playing back on a computer.

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USING SD CARDS

The HD HERO camera is compatible with 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacity SD and SDHC cards. While all speed cards work in the camera, GoPro recommends minimum Class 4 speed cards for reliability when shooting HD video. GoPro's own testing has shown improved reliability in high vibration activities with name brand SD and SDHC cards.

GoPro recommends using Patriot and Kingston SD cards.

To insert the SD card, slide the SD card into the SD card slot on the side of the camera with the SD card label facing the front of the camera. The SD card will click into place once it is inserted past flush with the camera. Use your finger nail to do this.

To remove the SD card, push it further into the camera and it will spring out from the camera far enough so that you can pull it out.

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TRANSFERRING VIDEO AND PHOTOS TO COMPUTER

On a PC with WINDOWS operating system:

  1. Connect the camera to a computer with the included USB cable.
  2. Turn on the camera by pressing POWER/MODE button. LCD screen will display "USB".
  3. Double click on MY COMPUTER and you will see a "Removable Disk" icon. If you do not see this, close the MY COMPUTER folder and then reopen it and the "Removable Disk" icon should appear.
  4. Double click the "Removable Disk" icon.
  5. Then double click the "DCIM" folder icon.
  6. Then double click the "100MEDIA" icon.
  7. The photo and video files will be in the "100MEDIA" folder.
  8. Drag your photo and video files to your hard drive or double click a file to view it.
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On a MAC

Simply plug the camera into your MAC with the included USB cable and the MAC OS will recognize the camera as an external hard drive.

IMPORTANT TIP FOR MAC USERS: When deleting files from your SD card you must empty the trash before removing the SD card or unplugging the camera. If you do not empty your trash the photo and video files will not be completely erased from your SD card.

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CHARGING BATTERY

The LCD will blink a "bAt" message when the battery is low and the camera will save the file, if recording, and turn off. You must now charge your battery.

  1. Connect the camera to a computer with the included USB cable.
  2. Red LED on front of camera will turn on, indicating the battery is charging.
  3. Red LED will turn off once battery is charged.
  4. Battery will charge 80% in 2 hours when plugged into computer USB port. 100% charge after 4 hours total charging time.
  5. Battery will charge 80% in one hour when using a 1000mAh USB compatible wall or car charger. 100% charge after 2 hours total charging time.

Lithium ion batteries do not have memory issues. There is no need to fully drain the battery before charging it.

To charge battery and record video / photos simultaneously

A free downloadable update patch will allow you to charge the camera while simultaneously recording video or photos with the camera plugged into a wall or car charger. Visit gopro.com to learn more.

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REMOVING BATTERY FROM THE CAMERA

The battery is designed to have a very tight fit to maximize reliability in high vibration activities. To remove the battery, squeeze the sides of the battery and pull it out of the camera. It is intentionally not easy to do, but the battery will come out.

In most cases it is not necessary to remove the battery. Please note, if you do remove the battery you will lose your time and date settings on the camera.

Plug the camera into a usb charger to avoid losing time and date settings while swapping batteries.

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CONNECTING CAMERA TO TV OR HDTV

Make sure your camera is set to the correct NTSC or PAL video setting or your camera will not work properly with your TV. This is explained in the SETTINGS MENU section of these instructions.

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STEPS TO REVIEW PHOTOS AND VIDEO ON A TV OR HDTV

  1. Make sure your camera is set to LIVE FEED OFF (LFF) in the SET menu. LIVE FEED OFF will allow your camera to playback saved video and photos files on a TV via TV playback.
  2. Plug your camera into the RCA or COMPONENT (RGB) ports on your TV or HDTV with the included cables. Icons on the side of the camera indicate which cables to use in which ports.
  3. If plugging into an HDTV, use the RCA cables for sound while the COMPONENT (RGB) cables are for the HD video signal.
  4. Once plugged in, turn on your camera.
  5. The most recent video saved to the SD card will begin playing on the screen.
  6. Press POWER/MODE button to advance to the next video. Press the SHUTTER button to return to the previous video.
  7. To view photos, press and hold POWER/MODE button for 2 seconds to switch to photo playback mode.
  8. Press POWER/MODE button to advance to the next photo.
  9. Press the SHUTTER button to return to the previous photo.
  10. Press and hold POWER/MODE button for 2 seconds to return to video playback mode, if desired.
  11. Unplug camera from the TV and turn camera off when finished reviewing.
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TROUBLESHOOTING

"SoS" MESSAGE ON LCD SCREEN

If you see the "SoS" message on your LCD screen, that means your video file was corrupted during recording for some reason. While SoS is showing on the screen, press ANY BUTTON on the camera and the camera will attempt to repair the file.

"HOt" MESSAGE ON LCD SCREEN

If you see the "HOt" message on your LCD screen, that means that your camera has become too hot and it needs to cool down. Don’t worry, no damage has occurred to your camera. Simply let it sit and cool before attempting to use it again. Your camera will not allow itself to overheat, so do not worry as no damage has occurred.

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