GoPro SuperView Explained

UPDATED: February 2020

If you’ve ever filmed POV footage from your helmet or chest, you must have experimented by using one of the taller 4:3 video resolutions such as 960p or 1440p.

It’s not a bad thing since this taller resolution ensures you capture the maximum range of vertical real estate.

And I’m sure you’ve also seen those ugly black bars one either side of your footage when you tried importing this footage alongside your 1080p or 4K footage.

To get rid of them, you have to do some post-processing manipulation such as zooming in and cropping the footage so that it fits the 16:9 frame which is not only time consuming but also annoying since you have to reduce your field of view.

This defeats the purpose of shooting in the taller resolution in the first place!

GoPro SuperView

SuperView does the 16:9 aspect ratio conversion for you while capturing a taller field of view only previously available on the taller 4:3 resolutions.

It is a feature that was first introduced on the Hero3+ Black Edition and is currently available on the following HERO cameras:

SuperView is typically available in 4K, 2.7K, 1080p and 720p video resolutions with a few exceptions.

Wide is the default field of view and you cannot change it, which is also the case when using 1440p or 960p.

Essentially, SuperView captures a taller perspective (normally only available on 4:3 resolutions like 1440p or 960p) and then dynamically stretches it to a 16:9 aspect ratio.

And best of all, this is all done on the camera itself; no need to do any post-processing or editing.

You get 2 benefits from using SuperView:

  1. You won’t get the 2 ugly black bars on either side of your footage during playback.
  2. You get to see a taller field of view and won’t miss any of the action that would otherwise not be captured on a native 16:9 resolution such as 1080p.

At this point, you must be asking:

What exactly is dynamic stretching?

The central pixels remain untouched but the left and right edges of the footage get stretched so that the footage fits into a 16:9 frame. The downside is that you will get more of a fisheye effect due to this stretching on the edges. The pixels on the extreme left and right get stretched more than the pixels closer towards the center. The following image below demonstrates this effect more clearly.

When should you use SuperView?

Generally, you should use SuperView on almost any body-mounted shot (helmet, chest mount) or when the camera is mounted very close to you and you want to capture a taller field of view (think a selfie pole or with the camera mounted to your ski/snowboard/wakeboard pointing back at you).

✅Head or Chest-mounted skiing or snowboarding

✅Motocross / Dirt Biking

✅Mountain Biking

Our recommendation for capturing SuperView footage is with the GoPro Chest Mount:

GoPro Performance Chest Mount (All GoPro Cameras) - Official GoPro Mount

Just keep in mind that the edges will be distorted and stretched so make sure that the main subject is right in the middle of your shot.

The latest GoPro cameras come equipped with SuperView. Check them out below:

GoPro Hero 8 Black Edition: https://amzn.to/3b1CYTf

GoPro Hero 7 Black Edition: https://amzn.to/36XUJiN

Do you use SuperView? Tell us why you do or don’t in the comment section below!

5 thoughts on “GoPro SuperView Explained”

    1. Great question! I personally haven’t gone scuba diving with a GoPro but I think you would want to stick with a 16:9 resolution like 1080p. SuperView is ideal for when you want to have a taller field of view. Even if the GoPro is mounted to your head, you’re typically swimming horizontally (parallel to the ocean/lake floor) so you don’t really need that taller field of view. I know I said scuba diving (based on your username), but in case you were referring to another activity, let me know.

      If there are any scuba divers that see this post, feel free to post up your experience and opinion!

  1. David griffiths

    Hi, I’m new to GoPro cameras. Started to use my hero 4 session while mountain biking and not sure which setting I should use 1080 super view or 1440. I’m no good with this so any help would be great.

    1. 4 years too late, but since I found this random website. You want to use 1080p superview. 1440p is uglier to edit with, as almost no devices are native to that resolution. To make it native resolution you literally edit it back down to 1080p, ruining the purpose of 1440p.

      The only time you would want to use 1440p, imo, is if you are cycling in traffic and are filming for safety/insurance purposes only. 1440p still technically captures more overall video/space than 1080pSuper. And 1440p footoage will have less distortion on the edges which you don’t want to obscure license plates and faces, etc.

      For anything mountain biking/trail related. Stick to 1080pSuper for body mounted shots, and if you set up some tripod shots for 3rd person stuff use 1080p normal to remove distortion (so it looks like normal camera like a phone camera)

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