Once you've understood what each component is, it's time to find out how to use them. Here are the right settings to get the most out of your GoPro!
For simple, classic use on social networks or simply to share with friends, the following settings are all you need:
- Resolution: 1080
- IPS: 60
- CDV: Large
- ProTune: deactivated
- Video stabilisation: activated
So your camera will give you smooth, high-quality images, perfect for capturing and sharing your best moments with the Quik Stories application.
What is ProTune mode :
ProTune is an advanced GoPro mode that gives you access to additional settings for greater control over your images and improved quality. You'll have access to things like image resolution, angle of view (FOV) and frame rate (FPS). Activation is recommended in Color Flat, low ISO and/or low sharpness to make it easier to retouch images. The frame rate of videos taken with ProTune mode is faster, rising from 25mb per second to 35mb. The greater number of frames per second improves video quality. It's also ideal if you use professional editing software such as Premiere or Final Cut. It's best not to use it if you haven't mastered it.
The vocabulary you need to know to set up your GoPro properly
- Obtur: this is the shutter speed, which as in photography controls the speed at which the shutter opens and closes, thus designating the exposure time of the GoPro's sensor to daylight or artificial light. Except in very specific cases, the shutter remains in Auto on GoPro cameras.
- VE Comp: this parameter is used to modify the final exposure of the image. Positive values will make the image brighter, negative values will make the image darker.
- ISO min and ISO max: ISO is a unit of measurement that indicates the sensor's sensitivity to light. On the sunny slopes of Val Thorens, it's best to set an ISO min of 200 and a maximum of 400 to avoid overexposure.
- BB: this is the white balance, which is adjusted according to the light. Outdoors, in natural light, a white balance between 5000K and 6000K is preferable.
- Sharpness: this is a parameter used to adjust the sharpness of the image. There is no universal setting, it's a matter of personal judgement.
- Colour: the 'GoPro' colour allows you to have a video with the vivid, pronounced colours typical of the GoPro style without the need for retouching. The 'flat' colour allows you to have an image without any colour processing by the GoPro, which results in a neutral rendering and therefore more possibilities in post-production with colour grading and colorimetry software.
- Audio: Selects whether or not to record audio to a file separate from the video, with different processing options.
The slopes of the 3 Vallées are just waiting for your exploits, and fortunately you're now ready to immortalise them to the best of your ability! Also check out our article on Technical terms you need to know to use your GoPro.