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New Firmware 3.03 07/29/2013

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New Firmware 3.03 07/29/2013

Postby hqh51 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:39 pm

Firmware version: HD3.03.03.00
Wi-Fi version: 3.4.2.18
Release date: 07/29/2013

RELEASE NOTES:
This camera software update provides the following additional features and fixes:
•Enables compatibility with new GoPro App features
•Corrects HDMI TV preview from low res to high res
•Fixes forced exposure lock on 0.5 and 1 second time-lapse intervals
•Optimizes compatibility with select microSD cards by reducing data stream rate to 35Mb/sec while recording in 4K, 2.7K and Protune™ modes (HERO3: Black Edition only).
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Recommended microSD cards for Hero 3 Black Edition with high data recording: http://gopro.com/support/software-update-release

Normal download link: http://gopro.com/support/product-regist ... o3-cameras
Direct firmware download link: http://cbcdn1.gp-static.com/uploads/fir ... update.zip
Official GoPro manual update instructions here: http://gopro.com/support/hero3-manual-f ... structions

Also note that GoPro v2.0 App for iPhone has been released: gopro-app-v-2-0-is-released-go-to-itunes-t13229.html

If you have problems with your GoPro after the update, look through this thread first or elsewhere. Then let GoPro know about it so that they can fix the issue if you have no resolution at all or that you found a bug. GoPro does not read our minds or know every little details of issues. So let them know here: http://gopro.com/contact?force-contact-form
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So much for promoting Sandisk's microSD cards. You can tell that they're official junk and can't sustain class 10 rating.

Turns out that my initial flashing of the latest firmware is half assed, causing a power draining issue as detailed here: usb-computer-connection-phantom-power-drain-after-unplugged-t13852.html

So if you're having some weird problems, make sure you flash the firmware a second time manually (see link above for instructions).
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Re: New Firmware 3.03 07/29/2013

Postby flareside » Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:05 pm

I wonder what they mean by:
•Fixes forced exposure lock on 0.5 and 1 second time-lapse intervals

and if this will forceably reduce the 1/2 second shutter length on low light images.
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Re: New Firmware 3.03 07/29/2013

Postby hqh51 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:12 pm

I think some users reported exposure problems with those time lapse intervals, such as being too bright with one picture and the others looked normal.
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Re: New Firmware 3.03 07/29/2013

Postby Saleen880549 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:38 pm

They never even mentioned the SanDisk extreme cards.

I see Gopro are selling a Lexar card now.
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Re: New Firmware 3.03 07/29/2013

Postby Mercbg2k » Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:42 pm

Yeah I'm a little bummed they ditched the SAnDisk cards. I bought the Pro and so far so good. Curious how the extreme works.
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Re: New Firmware 3.03 07/29/2013

Postby steve_t » Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:20 pm

LOL. Fix crappy MicroSD cards by lowering the quality of the captured video? WTF?
What if I don't want to reduce the bitrate?
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Re: New Firmware 3.03 07/29/2013

Postby martcerv » Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:27 pm

Yea just noticed that, Isnt that kind of the point of protune to have higher bitrates and the reason its an option in the first place. Updated both of mine before noticing that so will try and downgrade one and do an image comparison between the 2. If the bitrate is down to 35Mbps then why the need for c10 cards for anythinh other then .5s timelapse modes? Stability is a great thing but I use protune exclusively for the image quality it gives and a lot of this is due to the higher bitrate, people using this will also get a sd card capable of using it and I would have preferred a higher rate not a reduced rate. Sure reduce it for regular modes for those that don't want it but I'm seeing this as a very strange move. 50Mbps is only 6.25MB/s so well within the c10 card specs so I cant see why they cant keep it at that level or even up it to 75 or something.
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Re: New Firmware 3.03 07/29/2013

Postby Rambo » Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:12 pm

if 45mbps is important to you don't update for now. Possibly Protune at 35mbps will not be noticeable, H.264 encodes out of a computer editor/encoder are almost impossible to differentiate between 35 and 45, but computer encoders are better encoders than camera encoders generally as they don't have to do it within a limited buffer.
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Re: New Firmware 3.03 07/29/2013

Postby steve_t » Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:24 pm

But are there features in the new app that require the firmware update? I just updated my app but I'll have to wait to go home to test it out
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Re: New Firmware 3.03 07/29/2013

Postby Rambo » Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:47 pm

Reading this from the GoPro website it's possible that using the new recommended cards the data rate will still be 45mbps, only the Sandisc OR other non performing cards will revert to 35mbps.

From this link http://gopro.com/support/software-update-release
With the camera software update released July 29, 2013, using other microSD cards with your HERO3: Black Edition camera while shooting in 4K, 2.7K and Protune video modes may result in a reduction of the data stream rate from 45Mb/sec to 35Mb/sec.


It could be just the way it's written, how the camera could differentiate between cards is beyond me, maybe I'm just interpreting this wrong.

I guess anyone with the new recommended cards could confirm.
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