The GoPro camera has taken the world by storm by making an awesome, lightweight, user friendly, and durable sports camera. However, if you are anything like me and just want to get in the water as soon as possible. So to get the most out of your GoPro there are a few things you really need to know to make the most out of any session.
The good thing is your GoPro is very user-friendly in the sense that it's mostly automatic as far as lighting adjustments, focus adjustments. Once you have your base settings established, you can generally leave it be. Today we will explain how you can get the certain looks that we get from the slow motion or the really wide angle shots. And the way you need to manipulate the camera in different ways to get these looks. Below is a breakdown of the video to your left.
The following three settings will completely shape the look of your shots
Frames per second is basically saying this is how many photos are being stitched together per second to create the video. The more frames per second, the smoother your slow motion will be. If we have a video that is shooting in 24 frames per second and we try to slow that down, it's stretching those frames out. If we shoot in 120 frames per second in comparison, it has about 5, 6 times the amount of frames and it makes for a really really smooth slow motion shots.
Field of vision is basically what we're seeing when the camera is pointed at a subject. Imagine your eye could adjust how wide or narrow you could see, that's what this setting is going to be adjusting. The wider the field of vision the more peripheral the shot and the more of the subject will be included in the image.
Resolution is the quality of the footage or image. When you change this resolution, different things can happen, but most importantly, the lower the resolution, the lower the quality. The higher resolution, the higher the quality.
This is a very zoomed in shot and narrow focus on subject. I would compare it to about that of a 35 millimeter lens on a Crop Sensor DSLR. It's very zoomed in and it can be beneficial if you're shooting something further away or if you just want to get rid of the GoPro fish eye look.
Medium view is a sweet spot right in-between narrow and wide it is not zoomed in, but it is definitely not that GoPro wide angle that we're used to you may have, some use for it when you're doing different shots and it’s great to test and play around with.
Wide View is the classic GoPro wide angle. It is the view they use in a lot of their commercials, this is the setting that they are almost always using. Wide is great for action sports as you will always have the subject in view, even with all the moving around of the camera.
This is one of the settings I use the most with the Slyde Handboards is super view, and the reason I use it a lot with the Slyde Handboards is I'm filming myself and the boards are very close to my body. It's very wide and very weird, but sometimes for selfie poles etc, I use it with my dummy mount in my mouth for point of view, it's really great to get that perspective of what you're seeing and experiencing.
This saying doesn't just apply to the surf conditions. The best way to control the quality of your footage is to know in advance what you plan on shooting for that day. Ask yourself, am I going to want to create slow motion shots or, am I looking for a higher quality resolution on my shots? The answer to this will guide your setting. The options for the setting are endless and we advise playing around with the different option. But if you just want to plug and play we advice these to setting for the optimum for the two most common scenarios.For a more in-depth setting configuration Look further down at the chart with all the possible configurations
These settings are an awesome sweet spot for your action shots. It has great FPS for slow motion editing, allows fantastic 1080p video resolution with a very wide field of view that will make sure you don't miss the subject and get hours of footage focused on nothing
This is the ultimate resolution so high in fact a lot of old computers will not show in 4k. With any kind of shooting that is relatively action-less we suggest using the high resolution and lower frames per second as you wont be slowing down the footage but you can take advantage of the super high clarity resolution
Below is a Guide to the video resolutions and the correlating frame rate, field of view and screen resolution
|Video resolution||Frames per second||Field of view||Screen resolution|
|4k Superview||24||Ultra wide||3840x2160|
|30,25,24||60,50,48,30,25,24||Ultra Wide, Meium||2704x1520|
|2.7k Super view||30,25||Ultra Wide||2704x1520|
|2.7k 4:3||30,25||Ultra Wide||2704x2028|
|1080p||120,90,60,50,48,30,25,24||Ultra wide, Medium, narrow||1920x1080|
|1080p Super view||80,60,50,48,30,25,24||Ultra Wide||1920x1080|
|720p||240,120,60,50,30,25||Ultra Wide, Medium, Narrow||1280x720|
|720p Super view||120,60,50||Ultra Wide, Medium, Narrow||1280x720|