$25.00
$20.00
You Save: $5.00

$41.00

$99.00
$75.00
You Save: $24.00

Reviews, Tests, & Hacks

Current GoPro LED Indicators Explained

People have been asking me about a few companies making “GoPro LED Indicators.” In particular products called Cam-do GoPro LED and Pro On GoPro LED. In a nutshell, these products are extremely rudimentary and do not give you any feedback from the camera. pro on pro led

These indicators only show that the camera is powered on, nothing else!

It does not show:

  • If it’s recording or in standby
  • If it’s in the correct mode or even in the setup mode
  • If the card is inserted, has an SOS error, or formatted
  • If your battery is running low
  • If card is running low

These products are not HYPEYEs and will not give you any useful feedback as to the state of the camera. The real power of a HYPEYE is it shows your camera is setup correctly and ready to go. Once you press the record button it's already too late.

In order for us to put the HYPOXIC brand name on a product it would have to be useful and give the customer total feedback. Since GoPro HERO cameras do not provide any status through their proprietary connector, a truly righteous solution would need to be orchestrated to make this a reality...

With that said, the HERO Bus is pretty cool and I highly suggest you take a look at:

http://www.benthicscience.com/beta/products/custom-builds/gopro-hero3-bus-access

http://chargeconverter.com/blog/?p=71

If you want to create your own LED interface similar to the aforementioned products, just connect an LED from pin 24 to an LED and a current limiting resistor to pin 30.

GoPro Led Indicator Schematic

 

Designed for use with GOPRO® products. GOPRO® is a registered trademarks of Woodman Labs, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

 

Get Fees from Paypal

If you are like HYPOXIC and most online sales companies you generally accept payments via Paypal and perhaps even use PayPal as your merchant services. In addition you probably use quickbooks for your books and possibly have a method to suck your sales transactions into your books. I use a program called t-hub to do this but others do exist. The problem is at the end of the month, reconciling PayPal is a pain in the butt and takes hours to enter in all the PayPal fees. Many years ago I noticed this and had my buddy write a script that gets these fees from a paypal exported IIF file and creates another IIF with just the fees included.

PayPal suck in fees

If this is like you here is how you use it:

  • Get the latest python build if you don't already have it
  • Download getfees.zip, extract just getfees.py and place it in a directory such as c:\scripts\
  • Download the iif file from Paypal of the dates you wish to reconcile. This under the other options on the dropdown. You need to rename the accounts exactly as they show in quickbooks. You probably have to wait a few minutes for it to be generated
  • Download the generated iif file into c:\scripts and rename it to something readable ie nov_2013.iif
  • From the command prompt type:

cd\scripts 
python getfees.py nov_2013.iif > nov_2013_o.iif

  • If python is not in your path you may need to type this instead (where python27 is the install directory of python)

c:\python27\python.exe getfees.py nov_2013.iff > nov_2013_o.iif

  • Once this is done import nov_2013_o.iif into quickbooks IMPORTANT: Do not import nov_2013.iif or you will have multiple transactions

There is a slight bug with international payments in other currency and also one with refunds. Both just do not import any fees. None-the-less, this is a great start if you got a bunch of transactions per month. 
Please send me updates if you clean up the code. 

Thanks to Jose Diaz for originally writing this code!

 

GoPro HERO3 vs. GoPro HERO2

This is a quick guide on what skydivers need to know about the new GoPro Hero3 (GoPro3).

GoPro 3

There are three editions:

GoPro 3 - Black - "Pimp" Edition ($399) -  Available Here

  • 3 Editions: Adventure (Outdoor), Surf, or Motorsports
  • Adventure and Motorsports are EXACTLY the same, just packaging!
  • 4kp 12 fps, 2.7kp 30 fps (Explained below)
  • 1440p48/1080p60/720p120 fps
  • Glass Ultra Sharp Lens
  • 12MP / 30fps Burst
  • 45Mbps bitrate
  • Wifi Remote
  • "Excellent Low Light Performance"

GoPro 3 - Silver - Middle of the Road / No Wifi Remote / Lower def shooting modes ($299) - Look into buying the black!

  • 1080p30/960p48/720p60 fps
  • Basic Lens
  • 11MP / 10 fps Burst
  • No photo while recording!
  • 35Mbps bitrate

GoPro 3 - White - Store Bought Edition  ($199)

  • 1080p30/960p30/720p60 fps
  • Basic Lens
  • 5MP / 3 fps Burst
  • 15Mbps bitrate
  • Only shoots 170deg in 720mode

Hypoxic will only sell the Black and perhaps the Silver Edition since they are only available at speciality outlets like ours.

Major Body Changes:

  • Smaller 10% lighter / 16% thinner (The advertised differences are with wifi bacpac vs. bare bones)
  • Lens moved
  • New smaller battery
  • Rubber body and lens hood for use outside of cage
  • Mounts compatible with old accessories. However the new ones do seem beefier
  • Removable rubber access port for mulit-function USB port, micro HDMI port, & MicroSD card
  • New 6-element aspherical lens 
  • No Composite-out or mic-in stock - Need to buy their adapter(s)

Read more...

 

Hints for traveling in an RV across country

We did the boogie tour last year and going to do a shorter one this year here are some pointers:

  • 1) Get long acid handling gloves for dumping the waste
  • 2) Always were shoes when dumping. I personally only used one old pair for this. Sandles is too close to the action.
  • 3) Get a good dumping hose. It coming off is just discussing
  • 4) Get a book called "The next exit" It is a must!
  • 5) Find or print out the manuals for everything in the RV. Everything! You'll need it
  • 6) Get a strong set of wrentches and sockets
  • 7) Get a breaker bar for the lug nuts
  • 8) RV stores have a little ramp thing for changing tires so you don't have to jack up the RV get one of those.
  • 9) Check tire pressure often and then check it more often
  • 10) Have the shop ensure spare tires are full pressure when you get them
  • 11) Learn how to service your generator if you have one. There is an adjustment for altitude on them too. Change it when in the rockies.
  • 12) An air compressor to fill up your tires is a nice thing to have.
  • 13) If you have the time, have a shop break all the bolts on the tires of your RV and then retighten them by hand. Replace worn out lug nuts.
  • 14) tripple check any type of leveling jacks are up before you leave. 
  • 15) Watch for over hanging trees and branches.
  • 16) Get a GPS

That's all I can think of for right now, good luck!

 

Remove a Broken TV Cable Pin in a Gopro (2.5mm Plug Extraction)

I was recently asked to fix a GOPRO HERO2 whose TV pin was broken inside the 2.5mm jack. This is what finally worked for me. It's based off of a similar very long winded video for a 3.5mm headphone jack. Since I like getting to the point, here it is:

Fixing 2.5mm broken pin from a plug in a jack

  1. Find a sturdy shaft that fits inside the 2.5mm jack and can be modified. I chose a wooden Q-tip. A mixing straw or part of a Bic pen may work, but I believe they are bigger than 2.5mm.
  2. Test that it fits into the jack!
  3. Modify the wooden Q-tip like so:
    1. Hollow out the inside to about 1/16th of an inch. I did this by hand with a tiny drill bit.
    2. Chamfer the edges (sand down at an angle). This allows it to get past the few connectors that may prevent it from getting inserted all the way.
  4. Using a tooth pick or other sharp object, apply a tiny drop of super glue inside the hole in the Q-tip. Wipe off any and all excess glue! We do not want this to be a permanent fixture. The glue should capture just the top of the pin.
  5. Insert it and press firmly. Wait 1 minute for it to dry.
  6. Very slowly, give it an 1/8th turn and pull out.

Extract pin from a GOPRO Hero

It should look like the the above when done.

As always, HYPOXIC is not liable for this breaking your camera or having a Q-Tip as a permanent fixture of your GOPRO.

 

 

 
More Articles...