Learn how to convert and trim time-lapse sequences from a GoPro camera.
Just like any video file you bring into GoPro Studio, you can make adjustments here as well. Let's start by loading this outdoor sequence. And I'm going to mark an end point. I want the pan but I want to get rid of some of the parts. There we go. I'll click Out. That works well. And everything is where it needs to be. Under the Advanced Settings, remember you can take advantage of the ability to change speed, and you can assign a frame rate as you see fit. A lot of times with time-lapse, I'll go with 12 frames a second.
Additionally, I'm going to remove the fisheye distortion, which is very pronounced in these shots. Everything looks good. Click OK. And if you want, you can actually change the delivery size. For example, 1080p. And this will force it to stretch to 16 by 9. I'll add that to the conversion list. I can give this a name. Check the directory. Let's not put that in the same place as the stills. But, instead, I'll store that with my other processed footage.
And now click Convert. You'll see the new frame size, and frame rate is being processed. And when this is done, we could bring this into the edit stage to further refine the color, as well as the contrast, and apply any additional geometric distortions. There we go. Let's proceed to step two. And look at how much of that wide angle distortion has been removed. For comparison, take a look at the buildings originally, giant bends, and now perfectly straight. Absolutely amazing how well that got repaired.
Additionally, I could change the white balance and post if I want to. Refine that a little bit. And let's process the image just a little bit. Pulling the exposure down slightly, so the sky gets nice and rich. And a little bit of contrast and saturation back in, and sharpening the image just a bit. Under Framing, remember, you could adjust the zooming, or in this case, I did shoot at an angle but it looks just a little bit crooked. So I could rotate that shot just slightly.
Zoom in to prevent shooting off from the edge. That looks great. Let's preview that back. That's really quite impressive how much the time-lapse sequence has been fixed. If I save my project, thanks to the active metadata, that will be stored. Or with the clip selected I could simply choose Export. Let's call this panning time-lapse final. And I'll export that at archive quality or I could go smaller at HD if I want. It's a much smaller file. But I think I'll keep it archived, so it's ready to edit.
With a click of the button, the file is written to disk. There we go. And let's take a look. There it is, my final panning time-lapse. Let's bring that into Premiere Pro, and load it as a clip. And you see that we have an optimized file ready to use with a very cool panning time lapse of the Vegas skyline.
- Choosing and formatting an edit drive
- Using GoPro Studio alone or with third-party apps
- Importing footage from the memory card
- Creating a new project
- Working with time-lapse sequences
- Importing footage into Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and Premiere Elements
- Trimming clips
- Changing frame rate and clip speed
- Adding transitions
- Color correcting GoPro footage
- Using edit templates
- Exporting your project