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Improve GoPro image quality (free)
Are you dissatisfied with the image quality of your GoPro videos? Then there are 2 easy ways to change that.
The quality of the recordings (unfortunately) does not only depend on the camera itself. There are many different factors that have a serious impact on this. I already told you 8 of them in the last article "GoPro image quality: 8 crucial factors" presented.
Overall, I find that the GoPro cameras (especially the HERO 3 Black Edition, of course) deliver absolutely outstanding results in medium to good external conditions.
But that doesn't change the fact that there are always recordings that you are not particularly satisfied with. Clearly, because you can't expect miracles from a camera that is almost the size of a matchbox.
Apart from the external conditions, there are 2 ways to improve the image quality:
- The right ones GoPro settings choose
- The second possibility is totally underestimated and neglected by most hobby filmmakers - The post-processing.
With a decent video editing program, you can get a lot more out of the GoPro videos. And that's not even difficult.
As you may know from other articles, I use Magix Video Deluxe to edit my videos. This allows the image quality to be improved quickly and easily.
But the program costs money. So, first of all, I'd like to introduce you to one way you can improve the image quality of your GoPro videos with a free video editing program.
Improving image quality with GoPro Cineform Studio (free)
Cineform Studio is the free video editing program from GoPro personally. The GoPro videos are edited in 2 steps.
[Update: The program is now no longer called Cineform Studio but GoPro Studio. However, nothing has changed in terms of the optimization of the image quality. You can find detailed GoPro Studio instructions here.]
- Import + convert the video you want.
- Edit + export video
At this point I would just like to go into the possibilities for improving the image quality.
After you have imported the video and converted it to the Cineform Studio format, you can edit it. There are these options on the right:
You can play around with the colors of the video under [White Balance]. To do this, simply slide the gray marking bar at [Temp.] Or [Tint] back and forth. The whole video is then immersed in a different color.
You can already guess how this works on the 12 small pictures in the screenshot.
On the one hand you can achieve interesting effects, on the other hand you can change the colors improve / more faithful to the original do.
This is interesting, for example, for underwater photography. Often red tones are missing. The videos are green / blue. If you change the color temperature (add more red) this can be improved significantly.
The 12 little pictures mentioned below are templates that you can apply to your video with a click of the mouse.
The brightness of the recordings can be adjusted with the [Exposure] slider. Everyone can probably imagine when this is helpful:
If the video is too dark: lighten.
If the video is too light: Darken.
The further you move the contrast slider to the right, the higher the contrast. Light areas become even lighter and dark areas even darker. I like to set the contrast up a little bit.
Under [Saturation] you can change the saturation of the colors in the video. I also like to add a little more when it comes to saturation. This makes the colors brighter and the video just looks better.
But you shouldn't overdo it, otherwise the recordings will quickly look "fake".
Sharpen the image
In good light, the GoPro videos are hot as chilli anyway, but there are situations in which it is definitely worth sharpening the video.
For example, if your lens is fogged up and you really want to use the recording anyway. (Here you can find out what you can do against fogged GoPro lenses.) Or when the light wasn't particularly good.
To do this, simply move the slider at [Sharpness] a little to the right.
To make your changes to the Reset settings, you can click on the button [Reset All] at the bottom.
If you only want to reset a single setting, e.g. the contrast, then you just have to double-click on the word in front of the slider. In this case, double-click on "Contrast".
You should definitely watch the entire video again after changing the settings. Because Brightness, contrast, hue, etc., can change at any time in a video.
So it may be that your settings are perfect for a section, but then a few seconds later in the video appear totally unnatural and “out of place”.
So either you will find a setting that fits all situations, or you have to import the same video several times and edit different areas separately (relatively laborious with Cineform Studio). It's a lot easier with Video Deluxe, but more on that in another article.
With good post-processing, depending on the source material, you can achieve a significantly better image quality for the GoPro videos. The video editing program Cineform Studio is a relatively good and, above all, free alternative (but the program is almost exclusively limited to this. Unfortunately, a film cannot be cut with it).
In my opinion, Magix Video Deluxe is faster, easier and better. In the next items there is therefore a guide on how you can improve the image quality of your videos with Video Deluxe.
Here you can find the current version of Magix Video Deluxe*. Take a look at it, maybe it could be something for you too.
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