03-15-2019 10:27 AM
So, I've found so many articles on the Internet about best quality settings to upload videos to Instagram, and they're all over the place. Even GoPro says some fishy things like upload in 60fps, which to me also doesn't make much sense?
Here is a taste of what I've seen out there:
- Upconvert to 4k (can't really do that in Quik)
- Maximum bit rate of 3500kbps
- Use 60fps
- Use 30fps
- Upload only as high as 1080
In the Android Quik app, we have only three controls to mess with:
- Save videos in 1080p HD
- Save videos with pro quality
- Save videos in 60 FPS
I typically always have the first 2 checked, but when uploaded to Instagram, they still don't look good. Should I consider changing anything? Will the Filters in Quik help at all with contrast or whatever, to overcome Instagram's compression?
If I know I'll be uploading to Instagram, I usually use Square, but it would be nice to have 4:5 or even just 4:3 or 3:4 aspect ratios.
03-16-2019 07:24 PM
Thanks for these great inputs, @jauling. I personally think that Instagram and other social media platforms' compression process is already beyond GoPro's control. These platforms have their own requisites when it comes to uploading contents. I suggest to check on Instagram message boards or even with Instagram directly to get more specific details about this.
If utilizing Quik for Mobile, the resolution 1080P 30FPS/60FPS (60FPS does it better based on my personal experience) already produces good quality contents on Instagram. Although in most instances, the video is altered by the platform during its compression process -- some details (like contrast) can get lost.
I've already seen some Instagram users who were able to find useful workarounds to outstrip this compression process. I came across this YouTube video some time last year that definitely helped me out, so I'm hoping this can shed some ideas to you as well: https://youtu.be/1VfJ02H3nfw
You can also check the suggestion on this post to see if it will work for you: https://community.gopro.com/t5/Cameras/GoPro-footage-to-instagram/td-p/134542
Hopefully this helps!
03-20-2019 04:31 AM
Agreeing with @aenriquez about platforms' compression.
I would recommend to film in 1080p / 60 fps and to export in 1080p/ Pro Quality / 60 fps.
Pro quality means that the bitrate is higher hence better quality > https://gopro.com/help/articles/question_answer/What-s-the-Video-Quality-Output-in-Quik
Know that final bitrate will depend on your device capabilities. When you get your video, download it to you computer to make sure that you have the right quality / fps / bitrate.
Filters are here to enhance your footage, you can try some of them like SOLEIL if it's a beach kind of footage or SEQUOIA if it's more nature footage. Some work well with beach, others indoors, etc... Try and see what works best with your footage.