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Tourist
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Hero 6 - Settings for travel & slow mo videos

Hi All,

 

New to the forum (and videography), apologies if this has already been asked.

 

I will be going travelling to Thailand for 3 weeks this November and will be practicing before hand to learn how my camera works and the best settings to use.

 

I wondered if anyone had advice on the settings they would use in this scenario? I am thinking for the most part I should film in 24/30fps and probably at 2.7k so I can have image stabilisation on as I wont have a gimbal.

 

My issue comes when I think about slo-mo capture. Do people tend to film constantly in higher fps on the off chance they capture something they would like to convert to slo-mo footage, or do you aim to know when something is going to look good in slo-mo and just change the fps for that specific activity?

 

Also, in post when editing my video, would it look odd to have some in 24fps and some at 60fps slo-mo as it doesn't divide exactly, so I would potentially lose some important frames? Or would you just film at 30fps to mitigate this?

 

Thank you in advance,


Chris

Explorer
Posts: 11,660

Re: Hero 6 - Settings for travel & slow mo videos

To help best answer your question, the first question I have is what program are you going to be using to edit your videos?

Utilizing Protune and having a good understanding of the various settings and how they will effect the final video outcome takes time and a lot of trial and error. In most cases, you can keep all of the defaults, although most people who like the best video results will always strive to have the lowest ISO at all times. It's also not uncommon to drop the sharpness down to medium for a more natural look. The Hero6 does a very good job maximizing quality with the auto settings so it's not something you need to worry too much about.

As far as slo-motion goes, it's really dependent on the shot and what you are planning on doing with it. A close up shot with good lighting can give you some really beautifully dramatic slow motion. One of my favorite shots is when the subject turns and looks to the camera. For filming just general purpose shots that you want the flexibility to mix slow and regular speed footage together during editing, 60fps is usually fine. With a good editor utilizing something like Optical Flow you can drop the footage down to 25% of regular speed without getting too much distortion. 60fps will look fine in good lighting so it should be fine as an everyday settings. In the evening and at night, drop the footage to 30fps.

To learn the basics of getting the most from your camera, head over to Abe Kislevitz's site and read all of the GoPro camera (not just your model) articles. http://www.abekislevitz.com/?catid=11
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Tourist
Posts: 3

Re: Hero 6 - Settings for travel & slow mo videos

Thanks for the reply.

 

I don't have any editing software currently, so would probably start with the gopro editor as it is free. If I start to get more into it I will purchase some further down the line.

 

Thank you for all the tips it is helpful, I have some understanding on how pro-tune works from the short stint I have had with photography so I might have a play around with the settings and see what seems to work best, I have 7 months to kill until I need it!

 

I will have a read through the link you sent aswell.

 

Thanks again,


Chris

Explorer
Posts: 11,660

Re: Hero 6 - Settings for travel & slow mo videos

To really get the most from your video footage, you're going to want to get familiar with a linear video editor. VSDC video editor and DaVinci Resolve are both free and will allow you to make the most of your media. I personally recommend DaVinci Resolve as it's a professional editor; however, you won't be able to edit HEVC (4K/60, 4K 4:3, 2.7/120, or 1080/240) without first converting to h.264 with another free program called Handbrake. If you pay for the full version you can, but I'd hold off on that until your comfortable with the editing process.

Editing is key to making great videos so you want to start learning/practicing as often as possible. The initial learning curve can be steep but there are lots of tutorials on YouTube and once you get a feel for it, it's pretty easy.

To make fun short videos, stick with 1080/60 and use the Quik mobile app and/or Splice (Splice is iOS only). Turn Protune and auto low light off and keep stabilization on.

If you are going to do computer editing with DaVinci Resolve, turn Protune on and film in 2.7/60 and 2.7/30 but use a timeline sequence that is 1080/30. This will allow you to crop/zoom as needed without losing quality. Outside in daylight, set your ISO to 100 and sharpness to medium. Use the selective light metering if you are filming in areas where the camera is in different light than the subject.

You can access the selective light metering by pressing and holding on the rear LCD until a large white box shrinks into a smaller box. Move the box to the point in the screen that looks best. You can lock this setting or allow the camera to adjust light based on what it's falling inside that box (I personally lock it). Be sure to hit the check mark or the setting won't be saved. If you leave the area, you can disable the selective light meter or clear it by turning the camera off or changing your settings. It's a powerful tool so you want to practice with it.

Finally, use 4K for shots where you are filming landscape and scenery. 4K/30 should be fine for this. If it's low light you can drop to 4K/24. For these types of shots, it should work fine with the above timeline settings, but in most cases 4K/30 should be fine.

Best of luck to you. Feel free to come back with more questions as they arise.