NMERider wrote:GoPro cameras will easily survive an impact force that will quickly dislocate the shoulder of a tantrum-throwing crybaby-pilot....
Any Goopy-Poopy video taken of this "unfortunate" event?!?!
Gosh it would ironic if some footage showed up wouldn't it?
Getting back on topic of more serious GoPro technical matters, during an impact, the SD card of a GoPro camera will be ejected internally and the contacts will no longer be engaged with the card writer inside the camera. The result is that some portion of the end of the file will not be identified by the file header which is being continually updated. It's all done in hexadecimal and can't be easily edited in a text editor. There is a perl script that has been floating around for 5 years that can partially restore an HD Hero or Hero2 corrupted file. I won't get into that here. It's a PITA to go though the process. There have been number of fatal or other serious injury accidents in the sport and nobody really knew what happened to cause the accident or what made it fatal. In many cases the corrupted files have been partially restored and the facts were partially or fully revealed. It's a sad and haunting process to have to go though. I get to relive the fatal accidents of other pilots in my mind but while I'm flying in similar air.
I know some pilots who were asked by law enforcement to review the intact video files from some particularly gory, fatal accidents. That's not my idea of a fun volunteer project but it is our civic duty to bear witness and opine when asked.