Getting the Gopro iphone app to work with the Hero 3 Silver edition with manual firmware upgrade

I’ve had my share of issues with my Gopro Hero 3 camera, but I believe it now works completely as advertised. For the benefit of others, I wanted to republish this useful instruction from Gopro support on manually updating the firmware on the camera. Before I did this, the camera worked, and remote control via the iPhone app worked, but I couldn’t get a preview on the iphone or ipad. After completing this firmware upgrade manually all is well. I also got one of these high speed memory cards for my birthday, which I believe reduces  issues also. Even though Gopro recommends class 4, I believe some of my previous issues with interrupted capture may have been due to improper handling of flash writing delays.

Hi Gerard,

Thanks again for your email.

The best will be to reload the firmware on your camera as it appears to not have been completed correctly.

Please follow the procedure bellow in order to update your camera manually:

1. Connect you camera to your computer with the USB cable and power it on.

2. To manually update the HERO3’s firmware you’ll need to have JAVA disabled on the Browser

3. Go to and choose your camera model.

4. You’ll get a message ‘install Java’ on your screen, please don’t do so.

5. Please click the manually update camera link on lower-right. (you’ll need to click it twice to confirm). Fill in the registration fields.

6. On the next screen you’ll need to type in the camera’s serial number (it’s case sensitive, so make sure that you have Caps Lock ON)

7. Following will be the registration information for the WiFi connection.

8. You’ll then have the link the download the firmware update files, which are downloaded in a standard zipped folder.

9. After you have the zip file on your computer, place ALL files that come inside the zip onto the root of your micro-SD card.

10. Power Off the camera, and unplug it from the computer.

11. Power On the camera, the update process will begin automatically. Please do not press any buttons at this stage.

The firmware update can take between 5 to 10 minutes, and the camera may power off and back on by itself.

To confirm it was updated successfully please follow these steps:

– Power On the camera.

– Format SD Card

– Take a Single Photo

– Access the SD card with a Computer

– Under the MISC folder, there will be a version.txt file

– This file contains the firmware versions installed on the camera (both camera and wifi). Please copy the content of it onto your reply.

This should get your HD HERO 3 back on track, but let us know how it goes.

Many Thanks,

John S.

GoPro Support

Thank you John S.

Removing DRM – Fairplay Encoding with iTunes Match in iCloud

As an iTunes user, you may know that up to a few years ago, iTunes put Digital Rights Management on its files you could download, limiting your sharing abilities. Now they have stopped doing this (which is great), but if you still have a lot of tunes, you are stuck with DRM files that are also lower quality. For a while, Apple was offering people like me to ‘upgrade’ all my files for about $.30 a song, but apparently that didn’t work so well. So now, while promoting iCloud, there is a new way to subscribe to iTunes Match for $25 a year and get the files re-downloaded at higher quality and without DRM!

Here is a good article on how to do this, which is how I found out. The only thing is that one step appears to be missing in the instructions which took me a while to find out. So here, for your benefit….

You need to remove and re-download the files to accomplish this. Enable iTunes Match on your system (requires iTunes 10.5.1) and let it go through the initial matching and uploading routine. Once the process is complete, run a backup of your iTunes library with Time Machine (or equivalent) to be safe, then from the View menu chose View Options… and enable the setting for “Kind”. This allows you to sort by kind, and all DRM tracks will show up as Protected AAC audio files. Select the whole batch and hit Delete. Do not check the “Remove from iCloud option” when asked. In the subsequent window tell iTunes to move all the deleted tracks to the Trash.”

So far so good. However, in iTunes 11 at least, now you need to ‘update iTunes Match’, which is in the ‘Store’ menu. This will update the cloud version of your library with what you have on your computer, which is a bit rate of 256 and a Purchased AAC audio file.

Now back to the original article:

You will now have the batch of protected files in your music list but not in your iTunes library. An iCloud icon with a down arrow will appear next to each track, allowing you to download the file in 256kbps AAC format without DRM. You can download one track at a time or select the entire batch, right-click and choose “Download” from the contextual menu. I did this for my entire block of 456 tracks and iTunes happily replaced them with unprotected, higher bitrate versions. The new tracks show up as Matched AAC audio files in the Kind column, and the files themselves have an .m4a extension rather than .m4p.

You can check that you have a DRM free file by locating the file (Use ‘Get Info’) and trying to play it with media player (if you are on a PC).

Thank you Adam Rosen.

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