I wrote my post entitled How to Hack the GH2 nearly four years ago. I just hacked my GH2 again, and I’m happy to report that everything still works just fine. It’s August 2015, and the GH2 hack lives on! If you have one of these cameras and you’re considering hacking it, I recommend doing so. Why not? You can make it shoot better looking video for free. That’s a win.
The last time I hacked my GH2 was in March of 2013. I wrote about this experience in my Revisiting the GH2 Hack post. Later, in June of 2013, I decided to go back to the original GH2 firmware, just for the heck of it. I wrote about this experience as well in my How to Unhack the GH2 post. If you want to unhack a GH2, just follow the instructions in that post.
A couple of weeks ago I was shooting some video with my unhacked GH2, and I wasn’t loving the images I was getting. I realized that I was ready to hack again. I want a better picture. This was one thing I could do to get there.
Tip #1 for hacking the GH2 in 2015
Spend some time at personalview.com before you do anything. Fix yourself a glass of wine, sit in a quiet area for an hour or two and just take it all in.
Click around. Read some posts. Browse through the hacks. Read lots of incredibly technical sounding things that likely won’t make any sense to you. Scratch your chin with your thumb and index finger, and nod slightly as you read. This will help to make it feel like some of the technical gibberish means something.
The hacks worth checking out at Personal View can be found in the Top Settings section. I interpreted this to mean that these patches have been selected and put there because they are deemed to be the best hacks. The latest hack to be added to this list is from March of 2015, which shows that the GH2 community is alive and well, even though the camera was discontinued in March of 2013.
Tip #2 for hacking the GH2 in 2015
After you’ve spent some time visiting the Personal View website, wait a day or two before you do the hack. Why? I don’t know. That’s what I chose to do, and it just felt right. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself with technical information. Spreading it out over a couple of days lets you ease back into it. Or, forget this tip. Just do it now and get it over with.
Tip #3 for hacking the GH2 in 2015
The instructions that I wrote in my How to Hack the GH2 post still work perfectly. I did notice a couple of little quirks this time, which mostly stem from the fact that the computer I’m using now is new, and it didn’t have Wine or Wine Bottler loaded on it, so I truly had to start from scratch.
The only change I encountered was that when I downloaded and unzipped Wine and Wine Bottler on my computer, I needed to launch the programs before they would work. In the instructions on my How to Hack post, I don’t mention this. I needed to download the programs, unzip them, move them into my Applications folder (I use a Mac), and then I needed to launch both of them one time in order to get them to work.
And that’s pretty much it. Besides that, everything was groovy.
So, what hack did I decide to use?
After spending some time on Personal View and reading some posts, I decided to try out the Sanity X patch. One of the reasons I chose Sanity X is that my SD cards are kind of old (they are SanDisk Extreme 30MB/s cards), and some users had reported that this hack works with these cards. Sanity X is also supposed to be a really good hack. I’ll try to update this post after I’ve used it for a while and share my opinion.
In closing, I’m happy to say that the GH2 is still kicking butt in 2015. I’ve recently acquired a pair of GoPro HERO4 Black action cameras, and a Canon 7D Mark II, so I have my share of up-to-date cameras to shoot with. But there’s something I still love about the GH2 and these underground hacks. It’s super nerdy, but it’s cool. You bond with your GH2 when you undergo this process. It’s a special thing, and thankfully, it’s still a thing.
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