Since GoPro shipped its first product in 2005 – a wrist-mounted 35mm film camera – a lot has happened. Now, long after switching to digital cameras and adrenaline junkies All over the world, GoPro have applied for their video and photo needs. The GoPro cameras are perfect for strapping on your chest, helmet, snowboard or other items and have become a popular tool for POV videos, especially in the world of extreme sports. However, their sheer portability also makes the small action cameras popular for casual use.
If you buy a GoPro to take on the most adventurous parts of your life, be it a supersonic parachute from the stratosphere or just riding your morning bike, chances are you're pretty happy with it. But what about all the sophisticated GoPro videos you see online that have the production value of a Planet Earth episode? While many of them actually own a bit of professional post-production, there are still some GoPro tips and tricks that we recommend to turn your basic videos into masterpieces. It's not going to make the academy come, but, hey, you have to start somewhere, right?
Mounting, Filtering, Angle, and Stabilization
Using a Bracket
This may be the easiest way to spice up a GoPro video, and can definitely make things more exciting. Thankfully, there are literally hundreds of different brackets on the market and an almost endless way to mount them. Whether you choose helmet or chest mountaineering for mountain bike or snowboard tours, or buy a tripod for sturdy upright mountings, a mount is always a good idea.
We also recommend trying different locations for mounting the camera to determine which spots work best to produce smooth shots, right angles (more on that below) and all the actions you want. Different mounts can provide different POVs that can help tell the story you've imagined. For example, a camera mounted on a bicycle helmet may look out of the driver's eyes, but a rear-facing camera mounted on the frame may catch other drivers – two different views from the same moment.
Beyond GoPro's Broad There are also many third-party options – you have no shortage of choices.
Find a new perspective
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A GoPro offers a very wide viewing angle that makes it easy to capture the action, but to create really interesting videos, you should do more than just stop and forget. Try a mix of different camera positions to give viewers a comprehensive view of what's going on, rather than sticking to one single point of view. For example, if you take a picture, the most common thing is to mount a GoPro forward, but sometimes a look at yourself can produce equally entertaining material. If you repeat an action several times during the day, such as surfing or snowboarding, you should reposition the camera each time you run to capture a wider variety of shots that can be edited later.
Newer GoPro cameras offer a range of B. ultra-wide 170-degree viewing angles, a medium 127 degrees, and a narrow 79 degrees. The Hero6 Black even has a touch-to-zoom function that mimics a conventional zoom lens. Using different fields of view is another way to confuse your shots.
Here you can easily remember which field of vision you should choose: If you are not sure whether you want to take pictures or not the whole action, go for ultra-wide. The narrower fields of view are good if you want more control over your frame and focus on a specific scene or area of the scene.
Use filters to improve video quality
This is not Instagram's color-changing filters. We're talking about actual physical filters that you can put in front of the lens to change the light your GoPro sees. For example, using a neutral density (ND) filter works wonders when filming in bright environments by allowing a slower shutter speed, which makes the image in the Private Ryan Rescue too crass. For underwater filming, use a red filter to remove the blue-green tint inherent in the environment. There are a variety of filters available that you can choose from to give your videos a unique look and feel.
Newer GoPro models like the Hero6 Black feature digital image stabilization. As impressive as this feature is, it is not flawless – and often has limitations in resolution, refresh rate, or both.
One of the best things about GoPro cameras is as ubiquitous as it is that third-party accessories are equally common. When it comes to stationary shots, there's nothing like a tripod when it comes to stability. Since a GoPro is very light, you do not need heavy sticks for it, but think of a tripod with a liquid swivel head. In this way, you can do gentle pans to follow a motif or to show a landscape.
There's nothing like a powered gimbal to stabilize moving footage. Gimbals uses motors to counteract the movement and produces incredibly soft material in virtually any environment, from a simple handheld camera to an epic downhill mountain bike ride. Gimbals are also found in many camera drones such as the GoPro Karma. These devices are not cheap, so spend at least a few hundred bucks to get something valuable. GoPro's own Karma Grip is probably the simplest handheld gimbal used with the GoPro Hero5 Black or Hero6 Black cameras.
Do not have money for a gimbal or tripod? While this next tip may seem a bit strange, it allows you to keep some hard-earned dough in your pocket. To achieve a consistently stable shot, simply press your GoPro camera onto your face – yes, your face – while tracking whatever you want to film. Obviously, this stabilization method works best if you do not have to use both hands in your environment, as we do not recommend trying it out, for example, when running. If you're looking for a cheap, effective way to record stable videos, it's a good idea to stick a GoPro against your face. This, combined with the digital stabilization function, ensures particularly smooth shots without putting the dough on a gimbal system.
If you are up to the task, you can stabilize the material in post production with software like Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere. This leads to a slight trimming of your footage. So it helps if the video was taken with the highest resolution available. If you're lucky enough to have a GoPro Hero6 Black recording 4K at 60 frames per second, make sure you're in that mode if you plan to stabilize footage in the post and still get crisp results ,