Recently I published an article, in which I explained how GoPro disappointed me with low video Quality results compared to what I expected. Now, after spending considerable time using it, I figured out some good ways to get better video footage out of it. Although you are never gonna get DSLR like video quality from GoPro, but still, there are some good ways to improve your video quality and get best possible results.
In this post I will be sharing those methods that I found helpful, you may also need to do some post-production work but it’s up to you how much you wanna polish and improves your video quality.
First Thing First
There is no comparison of the result you get from DSLR and GoPro. GoPro provides satisfactory video results for common users. If you are normal users and your only purpose is to share videos on social media then you don’t really need to do something about it but if you are doing it for professional purposes, then you probably need to polish it as much as possible. You are not going to get very sharp and crisp video as you get from your DSLR but it will be satisfactory enough to keep you going. I do not recommend using GoPro night shootings at all. GoPro can’t help you in low lights situations.
If you can replace GoPro with DSLR then go for it first. GoPro is only recommended in places where DSLR’s can’t help you out.
Recording Professional videos with GoPro
Set your camera according to the setting given below and do some trial tests to see if anything needs changing. Not to mention that If you are gonna record longer videos (over one hour) you will probably need extra batteries or a power bank.
My Personally Recommended GoPro Settings
These are my everyday settings. You may change them depending on your needs and situation.
Resolution: 2.7k or lower (Video stabilization is not supported in 4k resolution mode.)
FPS: 60 (Higher FPS will help you make your video footage more smooth in the post but increasing above 60 will also increase video size.)
FOV: Wide/Linear (it’s your choice what you want to show or hide in your video, I prefer linear for most of the recordings, except Timelapse.)
Color profile: Flat (You can do color grading later in post-processing.)
White Balance: Raw [native] (Post Processing is better.)
ISO Sensitivity: 400 (Lower the better. High ISO will make your videos less granny.)
EV Compensation: -0,5 or lower (You can manage when there is too much light in the scene.)
Video Stabilization: Always on (The biggest factor which makes your videos look professional.)
After finishing recordings, transfer them to your PC & organize them properly in folders and subfolders. This will really help you in post-production. Also, this one habit can pay you very well in long-term.
Good results require effort & time. Post-production much is a longer process than the production itself. You have to spend a lot of time in cutting, merging, selection,..etc. For Post-Production, you can use any software of your choice. I do prefer Adobe Premiere Pro. It comes with a lot of functionalities you usually need for professional results. You may also use Apple final cut pro or any other similar software. It all depends on you.
In case, if you are new to post production and have never used any software before then don’t worry. You just need to go through few tutorials to get started. You can also try Camtasia. Its good software and easy for beginners but it misses a lot of future required for professional editing. Both of this software come with 30 days trial period so you can give them a try before purchasing.
After I organize my videos properly, I use adobe premiere pro to color grade them according to my requirements. There are already many luts available which can make things much easier for you. You also need to white balance your video. Here are some of things I do after organising my videos.