On a recent cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy, I set out to capture video of our arrivals and departures during our Eastern Caribbean sailing, but technical issues (more on that later) caused the plans to change. For years I’ve watched the amazing time-lapse video of the Disney Wonder in Alaska, and I figured this may be a good opportunity to give it a shot myself. Rather than set my DSLR for a series of timed interval shooting, I mounted a GoPro from the verandah overhang with the intent to speed up the footage afterwards.
I hope you enjoy the following time-lapse video of the Disney Fantasy sailing away from Port Canaveral.
I learned an important lesson while using the GoPro HERO3 White Edition camera and I hope by reading this that it will prevent you from experiencing this problem first hand. Make sure you have a memory card that plays well with the GoPro. I originally purchased a Samsung 64GB Class 10 card which appears to meet the GoPro SD card recommendation of any Class 10 MicroSD card up to 64 GB. I quickly found out during the cruise that this particular card and camera were not friends. It would appear as the camera was recording just fine, but the majority of the files were corrupt. In fact, I discovered that the micro SD card was corrupt as I was getting ready to snorkel in St. John USVI. I would later discover that the footage I had captured of the planes a day earlier at Maho Beach in St Maarten was lost. I now have a SanDisk Ultra 32GB MicroSD card and from a few tests around the house, the card and camera appear to be compatable. Not a single problem since I changed memory cards!
If you are buying a GoPro, or any camera or video camera for your upcoming vacation, spend some time using it before your trip. I purchased the camera on a whim during a pre-Thanksgiving sale, and it had been sitting on my desk untouched for a few months. If I would have used the camera a just once before our cruise, I would have discovered the issue with the memory card.