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GoPro Silver - I need Best Settings for video while hiking and kayaking

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    GoPro Silver - I need Best Settings for video while hiking and kayaking

    I recently purchased a GoPro Silver. I took my first video while hiking. The video lacked definition and color. I dont remember what settings I used but would welcome suggestions. I am not sure what each setting represents or what needs to be set. I would also like settings for when I am kayaking.
    My editing software doesn't seem to be capable of editing large video files. Does anybody have any suggestions for a good editing software?

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    I tend to use the 720/60 fps setting when kayaking and biking. I haven't done any major video hiking, but maybe next month during my next Yosemite visit. Here are a couple kyaking videos I made from mostly GoPro footage at 720/60.

    Point Lobos - YouTube

    Merced Highlights - YouTube

    On the first one you can see some degradation in picture quality during the 'pan and zoom' portions. That indicates perhaps I should have used the 1080/30 setting instead, especially since I wasn't likely to be doing any slow motion editing of that trip. With a higher starting resolution the zoom bits would have looked better.

    The second one also includes bits taken with another camera in WVGA quality - those are easy to see by the lower quality.

    I started out editing using Windows Movie Maker, which did a fine job for me and was free. I recently acquired Adobe Premiere Elements and have started to use it. The above videos are my learning attempts with it - I have much still to learn. I do like the Adobe since it doesn't render when you first bring in a clip for editing, so you can get some progress more quickly. It isn't nearly as easy to use, however. I will continue to use it, since I've gone through the learning curve already, for the most part. WMM is brain-dead easy, I never saw a tutorial or read any help until aftrer I had made several videos with it. It doesn't have the features pricey editors have, but many people don't miss those features.

    Many troubles that people have in viewing and editing have to do with their underpowered computors or the incompatibility of their video file type and software - I have the Silver and the Adobe instead of other choices that would have required me to upgrade my computer.

    Hopefully you will get some better answers from other folks here. Have fun and enjoy the process of learning.

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    Thank you for your advice. You were very helpful. i didn't think about it but i bet you are right about hardware limitations on my computer. i have a fairly new computer. i know i have plenty of hard drive space but i didn't think to check the memory. i may have to upgrade. Besides the 720/60 setting s are there any others i should pay attention too? i am really new at useing the GoPro. When i try to read the documentation i find it very genetic and i have no idea what it is talking about. The volume for instance. i am not sure how to control it. my hiking video was overpowered with the sound of my stomping through the woods.
    Also where did you get your background music? i have have a hard time finding the right music without copyright. Thanks again for your advice.

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    You should play around with the other settings, you might find something you like for one thing, different than what you like for something else. For example, when playing around with timelapse through car windshield, I found I preferred a more narrow perspective than the super wide. The options for view angle are only available at 1080p on the silver model, lower resolutions are all super wide. The 16:9 perspective which I think you get on 720 and 1080 are like widescreen TV. The 4:3 perspective of 960p might be more your preference for something where you want to see more in front than to the side.

    There is a selection on the camera for volume, two choices, 100% and 70%. I haven't played with those settings. You can usually adjust the volume in your editing software, too.

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    While hiking, if you are not trying to record the whole hike, just brief segments, try 1080p 30fps.
    This will be simpler to edit/view as you wont have to change frame rates.

    I'd suggest trying out a few settings in your back yard, and viewing the results to see what you are happy with.

    Quote Originally Posted by TK Rau View Post
    I recently purchased a GoPro Silver. I took my first video while hiking. The video lacked definition and color. I dont remember what settings I used but would welcome suggestions. I am not sure what each setting represents or what needs to be set. I would also like settings for when I am kayaking.
    My editing software doesn't seem to be capable of editing large video files. Does anybody have any suggestions for a good editing software?

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    Thank you for your advice Rob. Every little bit helps.

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    Lacked definition and colour. Have you got Protune switched ON?

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    Yes i had protune turned on. i have since turned it off. i am not really sore what it does and wondered if it is why the color was off.

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    Yes, raw Protune footage will look washed out. It's designed to capture more information but requires adjustment in post processing. If you don't want to bother with that, just turn Protune off.

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    Thank you for explaining about Protune. Now i know what to expect if i use it. now that have this new editor i may want to take advantage of it. i just need to get over the learning curve.
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