Definition of some popular GoPro features:
While using GoPro, you will see that there are many GoPro features that you can not understand. It takes you sometimes to find out the meanings. I knew that situation. Therefore, in order to help you to understand those words clearly, I have collected some helpful information from some websites and gather them into this page. I will update this list regularly. So I suggest that you should bookmark this page in order to look up what you don’t know, not going anywhere to find out the meaning. And don’t forget to tell us new terms if you know any new ones.
SuperView allows you to capture an immersive wide angle perspective. What this mode does is it takes a 4:3 aspect ratio and dynamically stretches it to a 16:9 aspect ratio. This can be a great choice because it uses the height of the camera’s sensor that you get with 4:3 meaning that you will see more of the sky and ground assuming you are pointed at the horizon.
What does dynamic stretching mean?
The way it works is that the camera automatically stretches out the sides of the video to fit into the 16:9 frame. The center of the frame is unchanged, only the edges are adjusted.
When to use SuperView?
There are a ton of scenarios where SuperView would give great results. Activities where you have the camera mounted on your head and chest such as biking, skiing, motocross, etc. would all work great. Really anything without a lot of important focal items around the edges of the frame. So you may want to avoid using SuperView in situations where there are people are the edges of the frame since they will be stretched a bit.
PROTUNE™ (PHOTO + VIDEO)
Protune enables you to get much higher quality throughout your post-production workflow. Basically, the main purpose of the ProTune software update is to help you get more dynamic images from your camera than you are currently getting today. We really wanted to meet requests from members of our professional community. This is what we’re hearing from them:
“I need 24p because I’m shooting 24p with my other cameras and this means that i have to re-time my GoPro footage to get it to sync.”
“I want even greater image quality because i’m trying to match other cameras.”
“I’m shooting with Log-Curve cameras, like the ARRI Alexa, the RED Epic or the Canon 5D MkII with the Technicolor CineStyle picture style.”
Protune meets all of these.
Protune Key Benefits Include
- High-Quality Image Capture: Protune’s high data rate captures images with less compression, giving content creators higher quality for professional productions.
- Neutral Color: Protune’s neutral color profile offers more flexibility during post-production color correction. Protune’s log curve captures more detail in shadows and highlights.
- Film/TV Frame Rate Standard: Record video in cinema-quality 24fps and easily intercut GoPro content with other source media without the need to perform fps conversion.
- Turning Protune ON affects several settings and features, such as Video Resolution, fps, FOV and Simultaneous Video and Photo.
- Protune is compatible with professional color correction tools, editing programs and GoPro Studio.
- Protune for Photos – Available in HERO4
Turning on Protune in your camera causes the videos you take to look less sharp, and you’ll also notice that the colors look more washed out. This is different than what you’re probably used to, which is that crisp, bright look and feel to GoPro’s footage. We stripped this away to give our professional users more of a “blank slate” so they have more freedom in their post-production workflow.
Basically, the main purpose of the ProTune setting is to help you get more dynamic videos from your camera. We really wanted to meet requests from members of our professional community, many of whom edit footage from their GoPro cameras together with footage from other cameras. The stripped down video makes it easier for them to do that.
What this means for the every-day user is that Protune footage requires more editing to get that traditional GoPro look. That’s great if you want to spend more time editing your footage to put your own unique spin on it, but if you want to do simple editing and already like the GoPro look and feel that you’re used to, we’d recommend leaving Protune turned off.
To record Protune footage, you’ll need to turn Protune ON in your camera’s settings menu.
You may notice that Protune footage looks ‘washed out’ and less sharp than what you’re used to seeing from your camera. This is because a neutral color profile is applied to Protune footage. The Protune preset is automatically applied to the Protune footage in GoPro Studio, so that the colors look great and images are sharper.
Working with your Protune footage in GoPro Studio:
- Import Protune footage in Step 1: Import & Convert.
- Convert Protune footage in Step 1: Import & Convert.
- Go Step 2: Edit and see that converted clip has Protune preset automatically applied. You can adjust the split point slider in the right-hand controls to see what the footage looks like with the neutral color profile versus the Protune profile that is applied during the conversion.
You can clear the automatically applied Protune preset if you want to adjust it yourself. Do this in the PRESETS controls. To see all of the available PRESETS, you can expand the PRESETS section by dragging the light gray bar up.
QUIKCAPTURE / AUTO ONE-BUTTON
QuikCapture turns your GoPro into a one-button camera so you’re always ready to capture key moments.
SIMULTANEOUS VIDEO + PHOTO
You go into the settings and then select what interval you want to shoot images, from one every minute to one every hour. You also have to be sure you’ve disabled ProTune in order for it to happen. Then you activate recording and you can image both hi-res stills and video simultaneously
An often overlooked feature, looping is available on the majority of GoPro cameras and can be a valuable asset for specific usage scenarios. Simply put, Looping video enables continuous video recording; overwriting the beginning of your video to allow for new footage to be captured, which can help to conserve space on your microSD card.
Alright, then when should I use it?
It’s perfect for situations in which you think something of importance (examples: capturing your child’s first successful backflip on the trampoline, a fender bender) is going to happen, but you’re not sure if/when it will. Let’s run with the first example: sure, you can grab your 64 GB microSD card, set the camera up and let it run until the card is full. But what if your child has yet to nail the perfect backflip? You’re in the position of having to pause the fun, and reformat the SD card to clear space. Here’s where Looping comes in; you can set the camera to record in various intervals (5, 20, 60, 120 minutes and MAX–more on this later) and capture a smaller portion of time, while the camera takes care of the SD card space conservation automatically!
NOTE: Protune cannot be enabled for Looping.
Set me up for success.
Simple, right? Yes, but there are some things to keep in mind:
1. SD Card Space – We’ve all done it. We’ve recorded fantastic videos and photos from that epic family barbecue (last June), and tidbits of footage from the 13 other events that followed, and they’re still on the card. Looping will overwrite footage from the same recording but not those forgotten prior precious moments. We still recommend that you loop with a relatively clear SD card. The last thing you want is to not be able to select a long enough interval for your activity.
2. Choose the Appropriate Interval – The camera provides Looping intervals of 5, 20, 60, 120 minutes and MAX. If you’re just trying to get a successful backflip, 5 minutes should provide more than enough footage (before, during, after). Waiting for your friend to walk into their surprise party, and still want to capture the pre- and post-“SURPRISE!” shenanigans? 20 or 60 minute intervals might be a bit more appropriate. The interval determines the approximate length of video that you’ll have after you stop recording.
The MAX setting means that the camera will continue to record until your SD card is essentially full. If you opt to use the maximum interval, we strongly advise formatting the camera’s SD card (HERO4 Black & Silver, HERO4 Session, HERO+ LCD, HERO3/+) prior to initiating recording.
3. Chaptering – If you’ve ever recorded a GoPro video longer than 15-20 minutes and then reviewed it on your computer, you’re likely familiar with chaptering; it’s how the camera splits a longer (continuous) video recording into smaller files.
For example: a HERO4 with Looping set to a 20 minute interval will divide your video into 5-minute chapters. So we start our recording, and we hit 20m:0s, what happens then? The goal is to make sure that you always have at least 20 minutes of footage to work with after you stop the recording.
A few minutes pass and the camera continues to record, then we get to about 24m:59s–just before we fill up another 5-minute chapter–your GoPro will automatically delete the first chapter (the footage recorded in the first 5 minutes) to complete that 25th minute, and continue recording. If we were to let the video run for another three minutes, we’d end up with a total of 23 minutes of video footage, from our total elapsed time of 28 minutes.
What is Auto Image Rotation?
With Auto Image Rotation enabled, the camera automatically adjusts orientation to right side up when the camera is mounted upside down. Some things to note:
- HERO4 Black & HERO4 Silver: The camera defaults to (right side) UP, so you will need to enable this mode if desired. It can be found in the SETUP menu under ORIENTATION > AUTO
- HERO4 Session: The camera will default to AUTO. Using the GoPro App or Smart Remote you to alter the setting to UP/DOWN if needed.
- Auto Image Rotation makes it easy and automated for the user to switch into upside down mode without having to alter the camera settings.
- Once you start recording, the orientation is locked. This way, users who throw gnarly backflips can still record without interrupting their footage.
Explaining GoPro Studio Export Options
GoPro Studio has several available export presets. You can choose the one that fits your particular need.
Note: In the Windows version of GoPro Studio these presets create .mp4 files. In the Mac version of GoPro Studio, these presets create .mov files.
YouTube – Creates an average quality file with a bit rate of 8Mbps.
Vimeo – Creates an above average quality file with a bit rate of 15Mbps.
Mobile Device – Creates a low quality file with a bit rate of 2Mbps.
HD 720p – Creates an average quality file with a 720p frame size and a bit rate of 8Mbps.
HD 1080p – Creates an above average quality file with a 1080p frame size and a bitrate of 15Mbps.
Archive/Edit – Creates a GoPro CineForm file using user‐selectable quality level. (In Windows you can choose between .mp4 or .mov format for this setting).
Custom – Lets the user choose the format, frame size, frame rate and quality settings. As of Studio 2.5, Custom allows for 2.7K and 4K export, and YouTube.
The project will be exported at a varying bitrate depending on size: 12 mbit/sec for HD, 25 mbit/sec for 2.7K and 50 mbit/sec for 4K.
All of these presets except for Archive will export H.264 video files. These H.264 presets are best for sharing videos online.
Archive uses the GoPro Cineform format. The Cineform format is best to export a high quality master file for broadcast of archival purposes.