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Tourist
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GoPro Hero 5 Session footage is grainy.

I had this problem since i bought my GoPro. I mostly record in 2.7K 30fps or 1080p 60 fps on wide fov. The video and picture quality is always grainy no matter what. Usually my settings look like this: 2.7K 30fps wide fov stabilization on, low light mode off, protune on, white balance is 6500K, color flat, shutter auto,ISO limit 1600, EV Comp -1.0 and sharpness low or everything the same but 1080p 60fps. I tried to change a lot of settings to see wich looks better but its always grainy. Here are two screenshots from 2 videos: https://imgur.com/a/4qiw1Wv (1080p 60fps, Cloudy and raining), https://imgur.com/1vJPggY ( 2.7K 30fps, partly cloudy in a forest).


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Nomad
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Re: GoPro Hero 5 Session footage is grainy.

Your first video is in extremely low light, cloudy and rainy and yet you're shooting at 60FPS....   When you shoot at a high frame rate you actually need to add light as each frame is exposed to less light.  Hence you are seeing so much grain in your video as you're trying to shoot at the wrong framerate for the scene without additional light.  Allowing an ISO of 1600 will allow the camera to try and increase the light levels as much as possible creating even more grain.  

 

This is also true of your 2nd video, even though you're only shooting at 30FPS, you're still in a poorly lit forest without the benefit of strong sunshine or additional lighting of any sort.

 

Lower your frame rate, lower your ISO to about 400...... if the picture is way to dark... it's because you need additional lighting.  You should also disable Protune as without knowing how to use it and set your camera up, you're actually creating worse video by using it (as you are intentionally selecting bad settings for the shot).

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GoPro
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Re: GoPro Hero 5 Session footage is grainy.

Hi @andrejb42607

 

Were the screenshots taken via the GoPro app or Quik for desktop?

Would you be able to share the video files itself?


Thanks!

Ej

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Tourist
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Re: GoPro Hero 5 Session footage is grainy.

I also posted about this on reddit

I got a response from one person

Also, I color corrected my video and it looks much better but still grainy:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXgMGM5s7r4

On the reddit thread is a lot more info.

 

Side by side:Flat color vs color graded in DaVinci Resolve 16(GoPro Hero5 Session)
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Tourist
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Re: GoPro Hero 5 Session footage is grainy.

Hi!

I also posted about this on reddit

One person responded to me and i think he is right.

I also made a comparison on YT from flat vs colorgraded but its still grainy.

Here's the video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXgMGM5s7r4

(ignore the stupid tutorial on my channel i made :P)

A lot more info is on the reddit thread!

Side by side:Flat color vs color graded in DaVinci Resolve 16(GoPro Hero5 Session)
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Tourist
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Re: GoPro Hero 5 Session footage is grainy.

Hi! I posted about the same problem on reddit an oe guy replied to me and I think he is right!

I also color corrected my video and posted a comparison on YT!

(Ignore the tutorial i made on my channel :P)

The reddit thread:https://www.reddit.com/r/gopro/comments/gdjwke/gopro_hero_5_session_footage_is_really_bad/

The YT vid:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXgMGM5s7r4

 

Side by side:Flat color vs color graded in DaVinci Resolve 16(GoPro Hero5 Session)
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Nomad
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Re: GoPro Hero 5 Session footage is grainy.

Your first video is in extremely low light, cloudy and rainy and yet you're shooting at 60FPS....   When you shoot at a high frame rate you actually need to add light as each frame is exposed to less light.  Hence you are seeing so much grain in your video as you're trying to shoot at the wrong framerate for the scene without additional light.  Allowing an ISO of 1600 will allow the camera to try and increase the light levels as much as possible creating even more grain.  

 

This is also true of your 2nd video, even though you're only shooting at 30FPS, you're still in a poorly lit forest without the benefit of strong sunshine or additional lighting of any sort.

 

Lower your frame rate, lower your ISO to about 400...... if the picture is way to dark... it's because you need additional lighting.  You should also disable Protune as without knowing how to use it and set your camera up, you're actually creating worse video by using it (as you are intentionally selecting bad settings for the shot).

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Tourist
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Re: GoPro Hero 5 Session footage is grainy.

woops accidentally replied 3 times, the other 2 didnt show up at first!

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Tourist
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Re: GoPro Hero 5 Session footage is grainy.

thanks, i had no idea i was ruining my quality! I hope in the future I will know better!