Two days ago I bought my first GoPro, the Hero 5 session. I didn’t want to spend a large amount of money but I still wanted the Superview mode and Protunes to have control on the quality of the video. GoPro discontinued the Hero 5 session in favor of the Hero 2018, but that one does not have to extra options. If you search hard enough, you probably can find it.
I’ve been using it now for 2 days and here are my tips for the first time user!
You probably went on YouTube to see what the differences are in settings and what the result is. It is good for orientation but don’t expect the exact same results! There are a number of dependencies that can be different in your situation. I took a walk in the city with the GoPro to record in the different resolution, framerates and settings. Went back home and watched the movies to see what I prefer. In this way you know what your camera can do.
Before you go and set the settings on the GoPro, first think about if and yes, how you want to edit the videos. If you don’t want to color correct it, then you will need different settings for when you do want to edit the video. In this video there is a clear explantion for the different settings. I choose to post edit the videos to have more control on how the video will turn out.
This morning I went on the first mountainbiking trip with the GoPro and I made a number of mistakes! This tip is only for you when you use a backpack while riding. I use the the Osprey Syncro 10 litre. I have the chest strap reasonable tight so a part of the strap is loose. after doing the most challenging part of the ride I checked the video to see the result… and I saw the strap flying around in front of the camera. So tuck away those straps! I also use a Camelbak in this pack (not the Osprey one) so there is no magnet. On the first video I checked I saw the drinking hose flying by! So I’m getting the blatter from Osprey 🙂
This is a big one and I haven’t figured it out completely. For mountainbiking I use a chest mount harness. You have to position the GoPro just right to see the handle bars but not much more of your bike. So I went out and did a little test. I had the GoPro as much facing upwards as possible and I watched the results of the test and it looked pretty reasonable. So I went out for a 25 km ride. What I didn’t realize was that when you are in the “Attack position“, you bow down a bit more. When I did this the GoPro was pointed down a bit more then I wanted to as you can see in the next video.
When going fast you see too much of the bike and myself. The trick is to turn the camera upside down on the chest mount so you can point the camera more to the sky. I will be doing a bit more testing on this!
Post editing a video looks quite hard, but it depends on what you want to do and which software you use. My choice is Davinci Resolve. The normal features you can get for free and it is very easy to use. This video has helped me with some basic tasks and the difference is big already!
In the future I will work with the GoPro a lot more and I will share my experiences on my site.