How to Shoot & Edit Professional-Quality Videos Using a GoPro

GoPro has brought a lot of changes since the shipment of its first product - a wrist-mounted 35mm film camera. Adrenaline junkies have flocked to GoPro for their photo and video needs with the revolution of digital cameras. Right out of the box, a GoPro is great for taking awesome photos and videos. You can take more of your shots to the next level with a little know-how. After using a GoPro for 7 years, I have learned a few tips that work great. You don’t need any magic, special software or equipment to make great videos. You only need a few little tips and tricks to make a big difference. In this article, I’ll walk you through how to shoot and edit professional videos using a GoPro. So, let’s get started.

Mounts, angles, filters, and stabilization

1. Use a Mount

Use a-mount to spice up your GoPro video. It makes things more exciting. There are a lot of mounts available in the market and an infinite way to mount them. A-mount is always a good idea whether you go for a chest or helmet mount for filming snowboarding excursions or mountain bike. Test out different places to mount the camera to know which spots work best for taking smooth shots and correct angles. Different mounts provide different POVs so that you can tell the story you envisioned.
2. Find a New Angle

It’s easy to capture the action with a GoPro because it offers a very wide angle of view. But you should do more than simply set it and forget it to create truly amazing videos. Place a GoPro closer to the action to illustrate a sense of speed.

If you want to give viewers a comprehensive view of what’s going on, then try to mix different camera positions rather than just staying at one viewpoint.
If you’re confused about your framing and want to know that you’re getting all the action, go for ultra-wide. The slimmer fields of view look good when you have control over your framing and want to improve on a particular area of the scene.

3. Use Filters to Enhance Video Quality

It’s not like color-changing filters on Instagram. It’s about actual physical filters that you place in front of the lens to improve the light your GoPro sees. There are a lot of filters available, so you can give your videos unique look and feel, but you’ve to choose the best filters among a thousand of them.

4. Hold Steady

GoPro has featured numerous digital image stabilization, but it really got turned up in the Hero7 Black. Whether you need a moving shot or a static shot, use an external stabilizer. It’s beneficial. A powered gimbal is the best for stabilizing shots in motion. Gimbals come with motors to neutralize movement and produce incredibly smooth footage. You can also stabilize the footages in post-production only if you know how to edit GoPro videos.

Manual adjustments, burst mode, ProTune, and planning

1. Manually adjust the settings

There is nothing wrong with the default settings but manually tinkering with camera’s exposure helps to produce a better shot. The Hero7 Black and Hero6 can do 4K at 60 frames per second and 1080 at 240 fps. Resolution is important, but selecting a frame rate that meets your needs and the look you’re looking for is also important. For instance, 60 frames per second will give you the smoothest motion with the most detail and make your footage look like reality TV.

2. Go ProTune

Color correction and grading is a very important element for photographers. Protune helps the users to control over things such as white balance, exposure, saturation, and ISO. It also lets you record video with less compression compared to the standard modes.

3. Burst and time-lapse

There are some different burst and time-lapse modes that can add some unique shots to a video. You can sew the photos into a unique action sequence and mix it in between video action with the help of burst images. The time lapse and night lapse modes create fast-moving animations of a live scene.

4. Plan out a good story

A good story is the fundamental of any good video. If you have a strong story, it will grip your audience from start to finish. Try to develop the idea behind what you want to shoot before picking up your camera and equipment. Try to write an outline and sketch a storyboard with stick figures. Or you can list out different shots on paper. Your story should have a start, middle, and end.

Don’t assume that you’re going to get everything you hoped for at your first time. You may not get it but don’t let that discourage you. You have to keep working at it and keep trying new things. As you gain experience, you’ll find out the things that work and you’ll get to develop your own personal style and preferences. So, don’t be afraid and keep trying new things with the help of the guideline that is given above.
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