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Timelapse photo or Video screenshot?

Hey! First time GoPro User here.
So I've been experimenting lately with my GoPro and watched a ton of youtube videos. My question is, which is better in getting that perfect shot?
1) Putting it in video mode let it just film and then choose the best frame/timing and just getting a screenshot later via the Capture app or Gopro Studio.
2) Timelapse photo mode where you just let it take pictures every second or so?
3) If it is better in video mode what resolution is best to get that perfect shot and also not to compromise photo quality. What resolution and fps is best for that landscape photo?What resolution and fps is good for those fast paced video where it wont be blurry when you pause it(ex. Jumping on a trampoline)?
4) Also when getting a screenshot cia the capture app, would it retain the same crisp qualtiy that it got on video?
*I know burst mode is available but you don't use it regularly (or thats just me).

Thank you guys in advance for the replies. Cheers!

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Re: Timelapse photo or Video screenshot?

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@loyalwave32616 - Your best images are likely going to be from taking a photo in most cases, so if you want to end up with a photo, I'd go with option #2.

 

If you want to shoot video and pull an image out from it later (ex. a thumbnail to go with your video), higher resolutions and higher frame rates are what you want. I'd go with 2.7k and 60 fps. The images may be a little dark (unless you're in the sun), but they'll be the crispest screen grabs you can get.

 

You mentioned burst mode and I love that mode when there's a quick action and I want to pick the instant from that sequence. For example, I used burst mode to get my neighbor doing a cannonball into a pool. The burst got him all the way from leaving the board to going underwater. That gave me a lot of images to choose from to get the one I liked the best.

 

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Adventurer
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Re: Timelapse photo or Video screenshot?

grabbing is better, vid + photo to many blurred shots

GoPro Community Manager
Posts: 5,858

Re: Timelapse photo or Video screenshot?

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@loyalwave32616 - Your best images are likely going to be from taking a photo in most cases, so if you want to end up with a photo, I'd go with option #2.

 

If you want to shoot video and pull an image out from it later (ex. a thumbnail to go with your video), higher resolutions and higher frame rates are what you want. I'd go with 2.7k and 60 fps. The images may be a little dark (unless you're in the sun), but they'll be the crispest screen grabs you can get.

 

You mentioned burst mode and I love that mode when there's a quick action and I want to pick the instant from that sequence. For example, I used burst mode to get my neighbor doing a cannonball into a pool. The burst got him all the way from leaving the board to going underwater. That gave me a lot of images to choose from to get the one I liked the best.

 

R Cannonball.jpg

Tourist
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Re: Timelapse photo or Video screenshot?

@jefft Great advice! One more follow up. I've seen on GoPro Tutorials, if it is 2.7k, do I have to stretch it out on GoPro studio? And one last thing, if I just screenshot it on the capture app on mobile, would there be any change in resolution? Thank you so much. Really looking forward to use the full potential of my GoPro. Can't wait for the Karma drone too!
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Re: Timelapse photo or Video screenshot?

I shot some 2.7K/60 fps this weekend and just put it into Studio. No stretching. My source video was 2704x1520 and my edited output was also 2704x1520.

 

I didn't test a mobile screen grab, but the screen grabs I did in Quik for Desktop also delivered 2704x1520 images.