Whether it's a travel montage, extreme sports video, or any other fast-action video, GoPro cameras are popular for making high quality video production easy at more affordable prices. Here are my tips on making the best GoPro videos you can.
Pick the Right Camera
GoPro offers many different cameras. From their most advanced Hero 4 Black edition for $499.99 to their entry level Hero for $119.99, there is a wide range available for any price range. You may even want to look at other brands of action cameras, such as the Xiaomi YiCamera.
Pick the Right Mount
If you hold the camera in your bare hand, it may result in very shaky footage. Furthermore, you might be filming an activity that requires you to use both hands. There are dozens of mounts both by GoPro and by aftermarket producers that can be used for almost any situation. Some of the most common are the helmet mount, the telescoping stick, a gyroscopic stabilizing gimbal, or suction cup mounts. You can even mount it on a drone! Make sure to pick the mount best for your situation.
GoPro cameras come with the GoPro Studio software, which is great for editing GoPro video, since it is made by the company for the camera. However, you can also use other software such as Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, or Sony Vegas. The advantage to using these softwares is that these editors may be less limiting. However, for someone unfamiliar with video editing, they may be a bit daunting as well.
There are many things you can do in editing besides simply cutting clips together. For example, you may have been unable to avoid getting shaky footage. Many editors have options to stabilize in post. Adobe Premiere, for example, has Warp Stabilizer, which is perfect in many situations.
Another thing you can do is color grading. The footage coming out of your camera may look flat or boring. This can easily be fixed by color grading your footage to be more visually appealing. For example, you may want to add more saturation to your footage, bring up the contrast, or tint it to a certain color.
Lastly, you can change the angle of view. GoPro cameras have a very distinctive fish-eye effect that is caused by the extremely wide angle lens. In some programs, you can alter your footage to get rid of this effect, if it is not your desired look. In Adobe After Effects, this can be done with the Optics Compensation effect, and many other editors have similar filters.
These are just some examples and ideas for what can be done, but the possibilities are endless. Use your creativity and make some astounding videos!