11-09-2017 03:57 PM
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.
11-10-2017 03:33 PM
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.
11-11-2017 01:36 PM
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
11-11-2017 02:07 PM
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.
11-11-2017 02:52 PM
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.