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Tourist
Posts: 3

Distance

Looking from help from someone who has been down this road.  I am trying to capture video of something at a fair distance (approximately 40 yards / 120 ft).  

 

My options are:

 

  • 4K 30fps Wide
  • 2.7K 48fps Medium
  • 1080 60fps Medium
  • 1080 30fps Narrow

 

Less worried about the FOV as the person will be quite some distance away and 5ft tall so would likely fit in any frame, more concerned about the quality and secondly some slow motion if needed.

 

I am hearing no matter what go with 4k as can zoom in with Gopro Studio.  When trying to do that with 4K it does not let me zoom in as much as I would like, in other words I am willing to safrifice more quality for zoom but Studio is not letting me so my only option is to feed the video through twice.

 

Any guidance would be appreciated.  Thank-you !

 

Any advise would be appreciated. 

 

 

 

 

 

Adventurer
Posts: 9,223

Re: Distance

wait about 20 years  and it will be some what do able. or get a  telephoto lens.  you can edit in  a program but 20-30% cropping will be  vieable or it will be pixalated good luck I get a  point-n-shoot camera

Backpacker
Posts: 940

Re: Distance

narrowing the fov does zoom in quite a bit

Explorer
Posts: 11,658

Re: Distance

Although this is on a Hero5 and not the Session, this video does a good job of showing different fov. https://youtu.be/Vxo0GXF4CaE
Unfortunately, the Session (Hero4) under performs a little when capturing detail than most other GoPro cameras. The Hero3+ Black, Hero4 Black/Silver, Hero5 Session/Black and Hero6 all have better quality and detail and thus give better results when using a narrow fov or zooming/cropping in post. The Session is really meant to be a grab and go camera. I love the form factor and simplicity, but this sometimes limits what you are able to accomplish.
Adventurer
Posts: 9,223

Re: Distance

due to the restrictions, gopro came out with a Hero 5 session to  be more or less a Hero 4 Silver inside.   

 

So in order to zoom is to crop  and hte sensor and FOV is what you want to do , or modify a telephoto lens  to the camera. good luck

Tourist
Posts: 3

Re: Distance

Thank-you for the feedback. I understand the FOV setting and cropping during production to enlarge distant objects.

What I am wondering is one better or worst for a distant item. Wondering if it would be best to select a medium or narrow FOV at 1080 or 2.7K or go with wide at 4k and crop to zoom in.
Adventurer
Posts: 9,223

Re: Distance

you will need to be that judge I will crop in on  an editior then to be cropped in on a fov

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Explorer
Posts: 11,658

Re: Distance

When you use a narrow or medium fov the camera uses it's highest resolution (4K) and then crops the sensor.  4K zoomed to the same crop as 1080 narrow should look about the same.  Using 4K and zooming in the editor allows you to vary the crop.  If it's going to be a static shot and you don't need to vary the zoom/crop, you can get higher frame rates and smaller files using 2.7 or 1080 on medium or narrow.  On the older cameras where Linear is not available, Medium is popular because it takes out some of the distortion, it's not used as much as Narrow for zooming. 

 

If file size and flexibility with frame rates isn't important to you, and if you will be editing the footage and don't mind the extra time cropping, 4K will give you more to work with and will allow you to vary the zoom.  You can always uncrop/zoom 4K footage with a Wide fov.  Filming in Narrow limits your options but in general gives a better picture compared to zoomed/cropped video.  The degree of difference isn't that great but it all comes down to what you find acceptable.