Guide for GoPro Hero4 Silver, KIT02

Version 3 - 11.3.18


This guide is intended as first read material for recipients of monkey helpers, as well as Helping Hands support staff.  For anything not covered by this guide, please refer to the GoPro HERO Silver Quick Start manual in this kit.

This guide also includes videos sourced from YouTube that demonstrate some of the things described in the text.  Please always use our text as the primary guide, as the videos are not always perfect matches.

For specific guidance on technique or workflow, please contact Yari Wolinsky or Cary Wolinsky at Trillium Studios.  For more information, you can also visit GoPro’s website:

This guide refers specifically to equipment in KIT02, which includes:

1x         GoPro HERO4 Silver

2x         SanDisk 32Gb MicroSD cards (1 in camera, 1 in jewelcases)

1x         SanDisk MicroSD Adapter

1x         GoPro battery (shipped in camera)

1x         Apple USB Wall Charger

1x         MiniUSB – USB cable

1x         GoPro Clear Housing

1x         GoPro Touch Back (attached to housing)

1x         GoPro Skeleton Back

1x         GoPro Solid Back

1x         GoPro Tripod Mount (attached to housing)

1x         GoPro Foot Mount

1x         PNC Pistol Grip

1x         GoPro Suction Cup Mount

1x         GoPro Clamp and Arm Mount

1x         GoPro Headstrap Mount

1x         GoPro 90-degree-turn Mount

1x         GoPro HERO4 Silver Quick Start Guide


Turning the Camera On

Press and hold the silver button on the front facing surface of the GoPro.  A red light on the front will blink three times on power up.  The rear monitor on the GoPro will become active.

Turning the Camera Off

Press and hold the silver button on the front facing surface of the GoPro.  A red light next to the button will blink six times on power down. The rear monitor on the GoPro will become inactive.

Be sure to turn the camera off when done with a filming session.

Recording Modes

The GoPro has five different modes: video, still images, still burst, timed, and settings.  On power up, the camera will, by default, start in video mode.  To toggle through these modes, quickly press the front facing button on the GoPro while powered up.  Video mode will appear as a right-facing video camera on both the front and back screens.

To Start Recording in Video Mode

When you are prepared to record, quickly press the shutter button on the top of the camera.  While recording, the video camera icon on the top left of the screen will become red, the timer will show the elapsed time, and a red light will blink on the front of the camera.

To Stop Recording in Video Mode

To stop recording, quickly press the shutter button on the top of the camera.  Usually this will be followed by a brief on-screen message saying, “Camera Busy”.  The video camera icon on the top left of the screen will become white again and the timer will return to zero.

Recording Time

The 32Gb SanDisk cards can record 1 hour, 28 minutes, and 01 seconds of video before it is full.

There are two timecode numbers on the top part of the rear monitor.  The first number shows how much time has elapsed while the camera is recording.  The second number shows how much time is remaining on the memory card.  When this second number reaches 00:00:00, the card is full and must be switched out.

Resolution and Frame Rate

For the purposes of collecting footage in the best quality, all footage should be recorded in 2.7K 17:9 resolution, at 24 frames per second (fps) This can be adjusted to achieve more stylized filming (for example, slow motion), but for the majority of filming do not adjust the basic settings.  These settings will be default when you receive the camera.

Adjusting Lens Zoom

While in the basic shooting style (2.7K 17x9 24fps), the camera can be switched between MED zoom and WIDE zoom.  To change this setting, using the touch-screen back on the GoPro, press and drag up at the base of the screen near where the resolution data is displayed (usually this will read 2.7K/24/Medium [or WIDE).  While in the housing, this can require pressing quite firmly.  Doing so will open the VIDEO SETTINGS menu.  Continue dragging the menu up until you reach Field of View and tap on it.  In Field of View, you can select between WIDE and MEDIUM – touch the icon you wish to use.  This will return you to the Video Settings menu; drag down on the menu until you reach the top and press the X to return to the camera.

Note: While MEDIUM will record a zoomed image (seeing less at a time), WIDE will bend the edges of the image in a distorted “fisheye” style.  We prefer to use MEDIUM whenever possible to avoid this distortion.


Battery Life

The battery will provide power for between an hour and a half and two hours.  It will begin blinking a warning signal on the rear monitor when the battery is low. 

Charging the Camera

To charge the GoPro, begin by making sure the camera is off.  Remove the camera from its clear case and locate the removable rectangular panel on the camera’s side.  Remove this panel and plug in the mini-USB end of the USB cable to the port on the GoPro (the lower port).  Plug in the normal USB end of the cable to the Apple USB plug adapter.  Plug this into any normal wall socket.  A red light will glow on the front of the camera while it is charging.  This light will shut off when charging is complete.


How to Remove and Replace the microSD Card

When the media card is full, it will need to be emptied before any further shooting can be done on it. Remove the powered-down camera from its clear case and locate the removable rectangular panel on the camera’s side.  The microSD card is on a spring-loaded lock.  To release it, press the card into the camera until it clicks.  It will push out from the camera and can then be removed.

To replace the card, simply repeat the process above, but be cautious of how the card faces when placed into the camera.  The copper connections go into the camera first and the red coloration should face towards the lens.  Improper connection of the card could damage both the card and the camera.

Offloading the Card

Media-full cards removed from the camera should be placed back in a jewel case.  Card and case then should be placed inside a pre-addressed envelope and mailed to Trillium Studios.  Trillium will return the card as soon as possible. 


Filming with the Camera

The GoPro will be safest when it is enclosed within the clear mounting case.  Many different mounting devices can be used with this case.

Waterproof vs Non-Waterproof Backs

The clear mounting case has three backs: touch, skeleton, and solid.  The skeleton allows for more sound to reach the microphone and gives a better audio quality.  The touch and solid backs will make the audio tinnier, but still usable.  The solid back will not allow for touch functionality of the camera while it is in the case, but will provide the most protection for the camera.
In any circumstance involving a monkey helper, we would advise using the touch back.  The solid back can be used in rugged circumstances: attaching the camera to a car, filming underwater, etc.

Changing the Back

This video shows how to change the back on a standard GoPro case (different than the case that fits the rear monitor), but the process is essentially the same.

To change between the backs, remove the camera from the case.  Rotate the foot toward the front of the camera and open the back fully.  Pull the back away from the case, in the direction of the bottom.  This requires some strength.  The new back will fit into the hinges and often needs to be pressed firmly to mount properly.


Changing the Foot Mount




Jaws Clamp and Arm


Headstrap Mount