One of the best features available on a GoPro HERO5 is the ability to shoot in the Protune format. This format unlocks higher quality options that can be tapped into in post production, and other settings you can adjust in camera. Author Richard Harrington will show you where to turn on Protune and what new settings are available to choose form.
- One of the absolute best features for your camera, is the ability to access high quality settings. And these are all lumped under a category called Protune. What this is going to do is really unlock a lot of options that make the file much more robust. You can actually improve the recording quality and dramatically impact what settings are available. Now let's go ahead and dig into these settings. I'll do this right from the settings menu. And you'll see under video settings a category called Protune. By default that's going to be turned off.
Now what I want you to realize is that Protune is a collection of settings. First up you have the choice for Color. GoPro Color is going to give you a highly saturated image, that's ready to use. If you intend to do a lot of post-processing, the use of the Flat color profile could be very useful, as it allows you to take advantage of things like Lookup Tables or LUTs. You will find extensive coverage of using Lookup Tables here in the online library.
I'll set that back to GoPro Color for now. Next is the White Balance option. Choosing this allows you to set the white balance. Now by default most people will use Auto. Which means that the white balance is automatically adjusted but you will find a range of temperatures between 3000 and 6500 degrees Kelvin. This is going to allow you to dial in the white balance for particular types of shooting. There's also a Native setting, this uses the native white balance of the GoPro camera.
This could be very useful if you want to just lock things in and have it be consistent throughout. Now during your color correction and your post-processing, you know that the camera is very straight. Make sure you use the Native option, with the Flat color profile in order to get the best results if you intend to post-process the GoPro footage, or you need to edit it in with other higher quality cameras as part of a bigger production. Now you'll notice here that the next choice is the option for Manual Exposure.
By default you can adjust the exposure or the shutter speed with video. This allows you to lock in the shutter speed. Now typically speaking what will happen is, if you are shooting 30 frames per second, the natural place to be would be 1/60th, however changing this can impact the look of your footage. Using a slower shutter speed, tends to drag or extend the action. A shorter frame rate, will give you a choppier look that's often associated with things like action sports.
For most people, leave this on Auto, but if you're having problems with exposure, or you want to change the look of the footage you can play with the shutter speed choices here. But I generally recommend Auto. Next is the ability to adjust the ISO or the sensitivity of the camera. Now ISO is very powerful. You'll notice here a wide range of choices. You can go all the way up to 6400, that's going to be useful if you're shooting in low-light situations.
The next most logical choice, the default is going to be 1600. This is very common, but you'll notice that it goes all the way down to 400. Earlier generations of the camera only offered 400, 1600 and 6400 but now you have more choices. Just remember that as you increase the ISO, you increase the sensitivity of the camera. This will show you more details when shooting in lower light, but it will also likely add noise.
That noise is going to give you dancing pixels or things that look like grain in the image, that might be distracting. If you are shooting in lower light situations and you want really rich blacks and shadows, well drop that down to 400 or 800. Now this also could be useful in very bright conditions, you might find that the cameras getting a little bit too bright, so lowering the ISO to 400 could set a cap, so it doesn't get too bright overall.
Now, there's another setting that I recommend, and that is the ability to adjust Sharpness. Sharpness allows you to dial in the amount of detail in the image. Now this has nothing to do with the focus of the camera, remember the GoPro has a pretty wide range of focus, you can't adjust focus. But essentially sharpening is digital processing of the signal. I prefer High or Medium. By default the GoPro does soften a little bit, if you're going to do a lot of post-processing using a tool like Adobe Premiere Pro and you want to adjust sharpness there the you can shoot with Medium or Low.
If you're shooting something with a lot of detail though, not people, maybe a building, I'd recommend dropping it to Medium. That way you don't see a lot of excessive problems or over-sharpening in some of those architectural areas. Most of the time though, I'm going to leave Sharpness set to High. And that's because the GoPro footage is very compressed. That compressed footage will benefit a bit from sharpening. Now below this is another option that I really recommend. And that is exposure compensation.
This allows you to adjust the exposure of the camera. Essentially what you're doing is tricking the camera into lightening or darkening the scene. Remember with auto exposure, the camera tries to adjust for you, but exposure compensation, that's what EV, Exposure Value Compensation means, will force the camera to over or under expose. By running exposure compensation, this allows you to tweak the shot if it doesn't look proper. For example you can force it to the correct exposure.
This way if you want things a little bit darker, you can do that, or if it's still not bright enough you can bump it up. Now at the bottom here you have the ability to Reset Protune. So for example if you've made a bunch of changes and you change your mind, clicking Reset Protune will take everything back to the default settings. Now remember, Protune is not just the ability to actually change how things are being recorded, but it actually will change the record format. It's going to use a higher data rate on the card, and actually produce a higher quality video file.
This files going to use more storage and a little bit more battery life, but it will actually give you much better control when you get to post production. So if you're shooting under bright lighting conditions, or just shooting where you're actually going to need a little bit more control, I'd recommend that you take advantage of these settings. This is going to allow you to really dial things in. Additionally if you find yourself shooting under tough light, you might want to actually look at picking up a third party neutral density filter. This can then go ahead on the GoPro and help knock down really bright light.
I find that when shooting in situations like deserts, you essentially need to give the camera a pair of sunglasses.
- Choosing a GoPro model
- Understanding a GoPro camera's anatomy
- Charging the battery
- Choosing a memory card
- Accessing Video and Photo Shooting modes
- Setting a white balance for video
- Shooting in burst or Time Lapse mode
- Shooting wirelessly
- Downloading software
- Using the GoPro Plus service
- Buying GoPro accessories