How I Caught a GoPro Thief Utilizing a GoPro Digital camera

Motion cameras are superior! Folks use them after they ski down a mountain, after they go scuba diving, after they go bike driving, or they even might be hooked up to your canine for these loopy play classes on the park.

You need to use these cameras for nearly something you may consider. Because the co-owner of a company picture and video firm in Las Vegas, we use them for company occasions.

We specialise in taking pictures pictures and video for conventions, expos, seminars, and huge company occasions in Las Vegas. A lot of our shoppers put a whole lot of money and time into making a optimistic expertise of their occasion expo not only for the attendees, but additionally for the distributors. In spite of everything, it’s the distributors paying for his or her cubicles that assist to make their conference worthwhile.

As we movie a whole lot of footage of those occasions and regularly are employed to make a spotlight video that the occasion promoter can use to point out the success of the occasion and in addition to advertise the occasion subsequent yr. We additionally movie quite a bit for social media and press releases as properly. We frequently search for quirky issues to movie at these occasions that we expect will make for a number of seconds of attention-grabbing footage that the consumer will take pleasure in. One of many frequent requests we get is to do a time-lapse of a complete expo corridor being constructed within the days main as much as the doorways opening for the attendees.

We use quite a lot of time-lapse cameras for this objective, a few of that are good for doing a time-lapse over the course of many days. Generally we don’t have to movie for that lengthy although, and a easy GoPro digicam will work simply high-quality. They’ve nice high quality and sew the footage collectively rather well (once we first began doing the cameras wouldn’t assemble the pictures right into a video for you. We needed to load lots of or 1000’s of pictures into Adobe Premiere Professional and make a time-lapse out of all of them manually, which was a little bit of a ache!).

If you happen to’ve ever used a GoPro earlier than, you’ll know that their batteries have a really restricted capability, so our trick to utilizing them for all-day filming is to take away the battery from the digicam and energy it with both an extended AC energy twine or a big, moveable energy financial institution plugged into the digicam through a USB cable. Then we simply put indicators up throughout it asking individuals to not contact it, which often works simply high-quality.

A while in the past we had a request to movie the build-out of a really inventive expo-floor due to the creativity that went into its design. In contrast to many of those exhibits the place all of the cubicles are easy pipe-and-drape, the principle aisle of this conference was set as much as appear like “Major Avenue USA” with totally different facades designed to appear like that theme. We have been tasked to movie the three-day building of the expo corridor from a number of angles, so that’s what we did. We had GoPro cameras set to file all day for 3 days. Not an issue. We acquired into the large ballroom the day earlier than the load-in and we set our cameras.

For the primary two days of building, our cameras sat all day, clicking away each ten seconds. On the finish of the second day, we have been strolling the corridor, powering them down for the night time to arrange for them to movie on the third and ultimate day of the expo corridor building the following day. It was late, and we had a number of days of convention pictures to go put together for. That’s once I acquired the decision at 11 p.m. from the occasion promoter: “I do know that is an odd request, however is certainly one of your cameras dealing with the northwest nook of the expo corridor?”

If you happen to’ve ever seen a film or documentary about Las Vegas, one matter that regularly comes up is the “Eye within the sky”, which is the slang time period for the extremely detailed safety cameras that cowl each millimeter of the on line casino flooring on the lookout for cheats. What most individuals discover stunning after they do enterprise in Las Vegas is that regardless of there being a lot safety protection in all places within the Las Vegas resort lodges and casinos, the one place the place you virtually by no means discover a digicam is contained in the conference services and banquet rooms. Some issues are in all probability greatest left personal, it could appear.

Because it seems, one of many main sponsors of the convention had one thing stolen out of their sales space… a brand-new GoPro digicam, nonetheless within the authentic packaging. They purchased it to make use of of their sales space as a raffle prize for the attendees who stopped by the sales space and left a enterprise card. They knew precisely the place it was when it went lacking and so they even knew roughly when it went lacking. The one problem was, they don’t know who took it.

It could appear as if when everybody went to lunch for the day (together with the workers of the sales space) the digicam went lacking. Was it certainly one of their very own staff? Was it an worker of the resort? May it have simply been some random individual strolling by who stole it? Plenty of individuals speculated and there have been many theories as to who took it, however no one knew for certain. All they knew was certainly one of their staff put it inside a check-in desk on the nook of their sales space simply earlier than all of them left for lunch and after they returned, it was gone.

“Is there any manner certainly one of your cameras might have been pointing within the space of their sales space and acquired a have a look at the thief?” the occasion promoter requested.

“I doubt it,” I advised them. “These are GoPro cameras, not safety cameras. These items shoot very broad and doubtless couldn’t get sufficient element of somebody’s face to get an outline of them. Plus, the cameras are mounted in opposition to the wall and are 10 toes within the air. I doubt we may have gotten an honest picture of the thief”.

They sounded very disillusioned, so I advised them I’d see what I may discover anyway. It was late at night time, I had a 10-hour taking pictures day forward of me however what the heck. Something to make the consumer completely satisfied, proper?

“The place within the expo corridor was their sales space and the place within the sales space do they assume it was taken from?”

The promoter gave me an outline and far to my amazement, not solely did I’ve certainly one of our cameras proper subsequent to their sales space, however it was aiming proper within the path of the place the supposed theft came about! Now I felt like I used to be on the workforce of CSI making an attempt to make use of some refined piece of know-how (a $400 GoPro) to catch a burglar!

I dumped all of the footage and began reviewing the whole lot shot via the day. I may see the time code within the footage that lined proper up with when everybody was about to go on break. I noticed the worker stroll as much as the nook cupboard, open the doorways within the again, and put the GoPro inside. She was fairly discreet about it however somebody needed to see her put it in there. This was my job to determine it out, however who?!

Simply as I used to be about to go to sleep at my desk, I noticed the entire thing! IT WAS ONE OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS!

Because the ballroom began to filter out, I observed somebody pacing backwards and forwards within the aisle by their sales space ready for the coast to be clear. He then dove into the cupboard, grabbed the GoPro, and off he went. I couldn’t imagine it!

As I wound the footage again even additional I observed he was standing within the aisle watching the sales space worker put the GoPro within the cupboard, so he waited for everybody to go away earlier than making his transfer. Little did he know that I had him on digicam, and to high all of it off, I acquired a fairly clear shot of his face!

It was previous midnight at this level however I used to be awake having simply caught our thief on digicam! I fired off an e mail to the occasion supervisor and hooked up all pictures documenting the theft. The following day I wasn’t scheduled to be on the convention till midday. As quickly as I stroll into the Media Room and greeted everybody, I used to be advised, “Did you hear? They discovered your thief!!!”

“Wow, that was quick, what occurred?” I stated.

It seems that phrase unfold shortly that pictures might exist of the housebreaking and {that a} search was on for the offender. At 10 a.m. a sales space carpenter confirmed up on the Exhibition Providers desk clutching a GoPro digicam, nonetheless within the authentic packaging.

“I heard that somebody misplaced a GoPro digicam. I simply occurred to seek out this within the parking storage so I assume that is the lacking digicam? Beats me the way it acquired there, however right here I’m turning it in!”.

We appeared on the pictures I had of the thief, and it was clearly the identical man. As soon as he was confronted with the proof, he cracked.

“Yeah, I did it,” he stated, realizing he had been busted. He was fired on the spot, throwing away a prolonged profession over a $400 digicam. The seller managed to get their giveaway prize again and all of us acquired a chuckle over the truth that we caught a GoPro thief… with a GoPro!

In regards to the creator: Adam Sternberg has been knowledgeable photographer and videographer in Las Vegas for over 25 years. He’s the co-owner of, one of many largest corporate photo and video companies in the city.