5 GoPro Tips and Tricks

Today I want to cover 5 GoPro Tips and Tricks that will help make your life easier when shooting with your GoPro. Most of these GoPro tips and tricks are compatible with all GoPro versions, so let’s jump right into it.

Easy GoPro POV

When I’m looking to capture an awesome POV shot, I immediately grab my GoPro headstrap and start shooting. But I was looking for some sort of alternative that was a bit more simpler and compact. What I wanted to capture was a POV shot while surfing, and the headstrap was not going to cut it. One problem with using the GoPro headstrap while surfing is that you could potentially get hurt if you wipe out. I hung out on the beach for a bit, and remembered I had the GoPro Floaty Backdoor in my bag. I put the Floaty Backdoor in my mouth, and bit down. A simple and unique way to capture POV shots while surfing or doing any other water sports. While using this setup, it’s easy to breathe and if you do wipe out, the GoPro will float.

Avoiding water streaks on GoPro Lens

The main issue when it comes to shooting in water with your GoPro is that you’ll end up with water streaks on your lens resulting in unusable shots. There’s a few things you can do to avoid this problem, and I’ll start with the easiest. You can spit or lick the waterproof case lens. What this will do is create a film on the lens, and the water will roll right off. You’ll want to either spit or lick throughout your whole shoot. Another thing you can do is get the GoClear lens protector. It’s a thin hydrophobic lens that sticks to the lens of your waterproof case. It’ll protect your lens from water streaks and scratches. According to the manufacturer, it’ll last 5 months. I will be reviewing the GoClear lens protector in a video very soon.

Since were talking about using your GoPro in water, remember to wash off your case in fresh water if you’re using your GoPro in salt water.

Best GoPro mode inside a Car

There’s a little known feature that GoPros have, and it’s called Spot Meter. The best scenario to use Spot Meter is when you have your GoPro mounted inside a car facing towards the front windshield. Without Spot Meter enabled, the inside of the car will be automatically brightened up, while also overexposing the outside. With Spot Meter enabled, the outside exposure will be balanced, making your shot look better. Spot Meter can be used in both video and picture mode.

 

How to capture excellent GoPro Quality

GoPro Studio

Flat Color, Native White Balance vs Color Corrected footage in GoPro Studio.

To get the best possible quality out of your GoPro, it’s best to enable Protune. Protune will capture much more color information and also increase the overall bitrate. If you are not experienced with color correcting or color grading, I would recommend not to use Protune, but with some practice your GoPro footage will look much better. If you don’t want to mess around with Protune, don’t worry because the camera does a great job in full auto. If you want to start playing around with Protune, the settings I would recommend is to use the Native white balance, and the Flat GoPro color. These settings will capture a flat raw image, giving you the most control over the videos look. I’m not going to explain how to color correct/grade your GoPro footage in this post, but you can get some pretty decent results if you’re editing using GoPro Studio. See the above video if you want a quick tutorial on color correcting/grading.

 

Super slow GoPro Footage

I edit my GoPro videos using Adobe Premiere Pro, but when I need to slow down my GoPro footage, I’ll use GoPro Studio. GoPro Studio has a feature called FLUX, and it works in the same manner as Twixtor. To get the best possible results from FLUX, you want to shoot at the highest frame rate possible on your GoPro. If you have a lower end GoPro, 60fps will also work just fine. For example, if you have the GoPro HERO4 Black, you could use 1080p 120 fps. In GoPro Studio, you want to choose the small section you want to slow down, and drop the percentage down anywhere between 3%-10%. I find for my videos, the sweet spot is 8%. Check out the example below to see the difference FLUX makes with your footage.

FLUX disabled

FLUX enabled

You’ll notice that with FLUX enabled, the shot looks much more smoother!

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