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Hiker
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GoPro Settings for Indoor Shooting

Hi everyone. I'm new here and to Gopro cameras. I recently purchased a Hero & Black a couple pf weeks ago, and I'm really blown away by it's performance. In bright light the image qulity is superb, and that hypersmooth stabilization is simpley awesome. But I do have a concern. I was shooting outdoors in perfect light, and the results were really great. Stabilization was beyond what I thought it would be considering I was walking and not all that steady, I thought, holding the cam. Then we went into a large Bass Outlet store, and I found that the stabilization struggled. I didn't do anything with the settings other than I was shooting 1080p 60 L. That was the setting I used outdoors. I didn't make any other schanges to the camera. As mentioned, the stabilization struggled. You can see it as jerky bits in the clips. 

 

 

Can you suggest what setting I should use to implove stabilizatio? I am new to this, and really have no idea what to do with settings. Thank you for your help. 

GoPro
Posts: 8,216

Re: GoPro Settings for Indoor Shooting

Hello @quickpike81864. Welcome to the GoPro Support Hub!

Considering indoors to be in low light condition (as compared to the perfectly-lit outdoors), there are tips here https://gopro.com/news/hero7-black-hypersmooth-lowlight-update that will help maximize HyperSmooth stabilization. You may also explore recommended resolution settings detailed in this article http://abekislevitz.com/gopro-hero7-black/ by one of our camera experts. Hope this helps. 

Explorer
Posts: 12,071

Re: GoPro Settings for Indoor Shooting

The links provided should help clarify how Hypersmooth stabilization works and give you ideas on improving the camera's performance. However, because the camera uses EIS, low light shooting will never give you as good of results as in good lighting. As an action camera, the sensor is pretty small so having a good amount of light is very important. Using a stabilizer like the GoPro Karma Grip will significantly improve your low light recordings, but it's another device to purchase and use.

As far a quick settings you can change to, having a slower frame rate can help with getting more light to the sensor as it allows more time between each frame. 4K (4:3)/24fps works well, but stabilization is not as good as with Hypersmooth (it's not bad, but just not as amazing). In general though, lower fps works better in low light. When it comes to stabilization though, you want a faster shutter (decrease shutter time), but this creates a darker image. To compensate, you need to raise your ISO. Unfortunately, it takes time and practice to find the right setting that works for you.

In general, I've found that a shutter time of at least 4x the frame rate works best. So, for 60fps you want at least a set shutter of 1/240. For 30fps, you want a shutter of at least 1/120 (although 1/240 will be better). For the ISO, try setting the MIN and MAX to the same value. If you are going into mixed lighting, set the MIN to 400 and the MAX to 3200 (Just FYI: you will get considerable noise/grain in low light when the ISO hits the max). A simple quick adjustment is to just lower the EV to -1 or -2. This forces a faster shutter (decreased shutter time) but can only work if you have a high enough MAX ISO.
Explorer
Posts: 12,071

Re: GoPro Settings for Indoor Shooting

Just for further clarification:

Frame rate (FPS) and Shutter speed are not the same thing. Available Shutter Speed options is dependent on your selected frame rate, but the tow are not interchangeable terms.

Additionally, all of the settings suggested above (other than 4K (4:3)/24fps require you to enable Protune.
Hiker
Posts: 9

Re: GoPro Settings for Indoor Shooting


@mariustanya wrote:

Hello @quickpike81864. Welcome to the GoPro Support Hub!

Considering indoors to be in low light condition (as compared to the perfectly-lit outdoors), there are tips here https://gopro.com/news/hero7-black-hypersmooth-lowlight-update that will help maximize HyperSmooth stabilization. You may also explore recommended resolution settings detailed in this article http://abekislevitz.com/gopro-hero7-black/ by one of our camera experts. Hope this helps. 


Thank you for the links. I will spend some time viewing them. I appreciate it. 

Hiker
Posts: 9

Re: GoPro Settings for Indoor Shooting


@danielr15 wrote:
The links provided should help clarify how Hypersmooth stabilization works and give you ideas on improving the camera's performance. However, because the camera uses EIS, low light shooting will never give you as good of results as in good lighting. As an action camera, the sensor is pretty small so having a good amount of light is very important. Using a stabilizer like the GoPro Karma Grip will significantly improve your low light recordings, but it's another device to purchase and use.

As far a quick settings you can change to, having a slower frame rate can help with getting more light to the sensor as it allows more time between each frame. 4K (4:3)/24fps works well, but stabilization is not as good as with Hypersmooth (it's not bad, but just not as amazing). In general though, lower fps works better in low light. When it comes to stabilization though, you want a faster shutter (decrease shutter time), but this creates a darker image. To compensate, you need to raise your ISO. Unfortunately, it takes time and practice to find the right setting that works for you.

In general, I've found that a shutter time of at least 4x the frame rate works best. So, for 60fps you want at least a set shutter of 1/240. For 30fps, you want a shutter of at least 1/120 (although 1/240 will be better). For the ISO, try setting the MIN and MAX to the same value. If you are going into mixed lighting, set the MIN to 400 and the MAX to 3200 (Just FYI: you will get considerable noise/grain in low light when the ISO hits the max). A simple quick adjustment is to just lower the EV to -1 or -2. This forces a faster shutter (decreased shutter time) but can only work if you have a high enough MAX ISO.

Thank you for the detailed information. I shall go back to the same location and fidle with the settings as you suggest. 

Hiker
Posts: 9

Re: GoPro Settings for Indoor Shooting


@danielr15 wrote:
Just for further clarification:

Frame rate (FPS) and Shutter speed are not the same thing. Available Shutter Speed options is dependent on your selected frame rate, but the tow are not interchangeable terms.

Additionally, all of the settings suggested above (other than 4K (4:3)/24fps require you to enable Protune.

Thank you for that. I definately need to familiarize myself with the settings. Try this and try that to see what works best. 

Explorer
Posts: 12,071

Re: GoPro Settings for Indoor Shooting

Good luck. It does take patience and lots of test shots to get a good feel for what each setting does and the expected result. I suggest setting the capture time to 15 or 30 seconds and announce your settings with each test clip.

For a much more detailed (and long) write up of the camera settings and also some bonus info for frame rates and video editing, see my post here https://community.gopro.com/t5/Cameras/First-time-GoPro-user/m-p/309317#/M86974