The BEST GoPro Settings for Skiing and Snowboarding – Hero 7 and Hero 6

The BEST GoPro Settings for Skiing and Snowboarding – Hero 7 and Hero 6

Hey everybody, this video is about the GoPro
settings for skiing and snowboarding. In this video I will show you which settings
I use and I will explain why. I will talk mainly about the settings for
the GoPro Hero 7 Black and the Hero 6 but even if you own another version I am sure
there will be some useful information. My name is Werner, I live in the Italian Alps
and this channel is about filmmaking and GoPro. Have fun with this video. If you know my channel, then you will know
that here in the Italian Alps we have a lot of great possibilities for skiing. At the moment I am at an altitude of about
2.000 meters and as you can see we already have a lot of snow here this year. I have been using a GoPro for several years
now and I have spent a lot of time thinking about how I could optimally set it up. But since it’s getting cold here and the
sun is about to go I will explain you my settings in the office. Okay, it’s much more pleasant to talk here
at the moment. So let’s come to the settings. I will show you my settings on the Hero 7
Black, and add what would change for the Hero 6. Many things that are perfect for me may be
different for you. So it doesn’t mean that you can’t get good
results with other settings. Furthermore, the settings will be similar
to the once I show in my video about the optimal settings for video. So if you need additional explanations, I
recommend you also watch that video. Basically the first and most important decision
always refers to the resolution and frame rate. In general I would always choose the highest
possible resolution for optimal quality. Of course, this does not change for skiing
videos. The increase in quality between 1080 and 4K
on the GoPro is huge and can also be seen immediately on my 6 year old iMac, which only
has a FullHD resolution. Unfortunately, a 4K resolution also has some
disadvantages. There are limitations regarding the frame
rate, the field of view and partly also the stabilization. And of course the whole workflow doesn’t become
much faster when editing. In addition, you should think about what frame
rate you want for your sports recordings. A high frame rate of for example 60fps doesn’t
look so cinematic overall, but has the advantage that movements look much more fluid and natural. So if you are looking for such a natural look,
then you should opt for 60fps. High frame rates also have the advantage that
you can create slow motion in post. For example, if you render your project in
24fps, with 60fps you can create a 40% slow motion. This is especially important if you want to
capture jumps or slow down other spectacular scenes. For sports shots I would generally prefer
a high frame rate. Simply because it also gives me more flexibility
in post. On the Hero 7 Black I usually use a standard
setting of 4K and 60fps, which also supports the excellent Hypersmooth stabilization. However, I would change that in a few situations. But I’ll get to that in a moment. On the Hero 6 Black the situation isn’t that
easy. There is 4K/60, but it isn’t stabilized. So you have to choose between 4K/30 and 2.7K/60. In most situations I personally choose 2.7K/60
on the Hero 6. When skiing or snowboarding I also like to
take close-ups in slow motion or use slow motion to give the video more variety and
a cinematic touch. Slow motion is of course also useful for action-packed
scenes. In such cases I choose 1080/120 or sometimes
even 1080/240, but especially at 240fps you have to accept a much worse image quality. If you take close-ups, you won’t notice it
too much. All this applies equally to the Hero 7 and
the Hero 6. Both give you the same possibilities at the
high frame rates. On the GoPro, you also have the option to
choose an aspect ratio of 4:3. A video image typically has an aspect ratio
of 16:9, which is the typical widescreen format. But an aspect ratio of 4:3 offers a decisive
advantage. Although you have black bars on the left and
right side, the field of view increases at the top and bottom. If you now want to obtain the traditional
image format of 16:9, then you have to crop your image in post. The advantage now is that when cropping you
have plenty of room to move the image up and down and can better choose the right frame. Why is this of interest for skiing? Very often you will take a POV shot. The hard part is adjusting the camera to the
perfect angle. If the angle is not perfect, you may only
see snow in your image or too much of the horizon. Here 4:3 could help you. The same applies to situations where you for
example capture a jump in follow mode. You definitely want to make sure that you
have everything in the frame. If you choose 4:3 for these reasons, you have
to choose 2.7K/60 on the Hero 7, because 4K is not stabilized in 4:3. On the Hero 6 you have to choose 2.7K/30 or
1440/60 if you want to get a stabilized image. The typical Field of View of the GoPro is
Wide and it is available in all resolutions and frame rates. Normally I am satisfied with wide and especially
for sports recordings and when there is a lot of movement the wide angle makes sense. It gives your video this immersive look. For skiing and snowboarding you should also
have a look at the Field of View “Superview”. In the case of Superview your field of view
increases at the top and bottom, similar to 4:3. In contrast to 4:3, the image parts on the
left and right are stretched directly by the camera to achieve the typical format of 16:9. This of course creates strong distortions,
but the center part of the frame remains relatively untouched. This setting is especially useful for POV
shots, for example if you use a Helmet mount or a Chest mount. You can now see more from the slope and the
horizon, while the distortions due to speed and forward motion are less significant. On the Hero 7, Superview is not available
in 4K/60. So you should choose 2.7K/60 or 4K/30. On the Hero 6 Superview is also available
in 2.7K/60 an 4K/30. In summary, I recommend superview or 4:3 for
pov recordings, especially if you use a helmet mount. I personally prefer superview and 2.7K/60
for POV-Shots. Finally, let’s get to the Protune settings. I have already explained and described my
Protune settings in detail in other videos. Today I would therefore like to briefly explain
which settings I normally use for skiing: Shutter: The shutter speed is used to set
the duration of the exposure. However, the possibilities are so limited
that a manual setting only makes sense if you use ND filters. That’s why most of the times I leave the shutter
on auto. EV Comp: With Exposure Value Compensation
you can adjust the exposure to darker or brighter. I use -0.5 when skiing to prevent very bright
areas in the image from burning out. White Balance: Here you can set how cool or
warm your image should look. White should ideally also look white, which
is especially important with snow. The automatic does this quite well. That’s why I usually leave this setting on
Auto. However, when taking long shots and in changing
lighting conditions, the camera may change the white balance for no apparent reason. Therefore, the Native setting is recommended
for longer shots. When using native, you will have to correct
and adjust the color of the image in post. ISO MIN and ISO MAX: Here you can set how
sensitive the sensor should react to light. When skiing, usually you have enough light,
so you can set the ISO value to 100 by setting ISO Min and ISO Max to 100. Sharpness: By default the sharpness is set
to High. The image looks very sharp, but it doesn’t
look professional or cinematic. You’ll never see a professional shot with
a high level of digital sharpness. Therefore I use Low and add some sharpness
in post if necessary. If the image is too soft for you at Low and
you don’t edit it, try Medium. Color: Here I use flat. This creates a flat color profile that gives
me the most flexibility in post. If
you don’t want to edit your videos, set the Color to GoPro. RAW Audio: OFF. Mics: Auto. Let’s recap: Resolution and Frame Rate: 4K and 60fps as
standard setting, eventually 2.7K/60 for POV shots if you want to use Superview. On the Hero 6 2.7K/60 or 4K/30, if a higher
resolution is more important for you than a high frame rate. FOV: Wide or Superview for POV recordings Protune: on
Shutter: Auto EV- Comp: -0.5
White Balance: Auto, eventually native for longer shots
ISO Min 100, ISO Max 100 Sharpness: Low or Medium, if low is too soft
for you and you don’t edit your videos Color: Flat
RAW Audio: OFF Mics: Auto I hope this video was interesting for you. More tutorials about skiing and GoPro will
follow. Don’t forget to subscribe if you are interested. Support me with a Like and see you next time!

23 thoughts on “The BEST GoPro Settings for Skiing and Snowboarding – Hero 7 and Hero 6

  1. Hey man, I bought myself a GoPro Hero 7 Black 2 days ago and I absolutely love it, you are my new favourite channel and I was looking for the settings for skiing 🙂 😀

  2. Love the video, great information. When you export your video, do you export in 24fps? I heard there could be problems when u have 60fps on a 24fps sequence. Is that true or do u interpret your footage from 60 to 24 and then speed it up to a normal speed?

  3. Can somebody tell me why gopro hero 6 have less options than gopro hero 5 at the time to playback videos on the cam? In the gallery before, I could cut the videos, make a photo of the own video or watch in fps to fps

  4. Many thanks for your video!! I have just bought a 7 Black so it will be very useful for my settings. However, do you know how to keep the LCD off and use the GoPro as I used my Hero 3 Black? I want to say, I will have my 7 Black mounted on my helmet so I want the LCD to be off so I can save battery, I just want to turn the GoPro on and off without the LCD. Is it possible? Thanks!!!

  5. Thanks for another awesome tutorial! In 4K 60, would I be correct that Shutter/Auto in the Protune menu would automatically set the shutter speed 120 following the 180 degree rule? Thanks again for the awesome tutorial. 😊👍

  6. Great video, am going skiing this Saturday (26th Jan 2019) with my Hero 7 Black, so watching your video has given me lots of tips thank you, I think I will film in 4k 60fps. Thank you again for the video. Keep up the great work. I will subscribe 🙂👍🙂👍

  7. Hi.. I'm confused by the negative exposure (-0.5) setting for snow. I have found with my GP5 that my recent footage is underexposed and would likely benefit from a more positive exposure setting of +0.5 or +1? All my Protune settings are Auto/default and I'm filming 1080 at 60fps and the snow looks very grey.

  8. Hi, nice video, thank you! I am new to Go Pro, just bought Hero 7 Black. Seems my older Mac, wont allow 4k, or even 2.7k with 60fps…Will the 1440 be fine for now? Thanks!!

  9. Great videos, very easy to follow. One question I have, given that you keep referring to 4k 60fps or 4K 30 fps, i assume that means you have your cameras set to NTSC and not PAL even though you are in Europe. In the digital age does NTSC/PAL really matter or will thirds have an effect somewhere? I am also in Europe but have settings on PAL so FPS is either 24 or 50

  10. Great videos, very easy to follow and the recaps are great. One question I have, given that you keep referring to 4k 60fps or 4K 30 fps, i assume that means you have your cameras set to NTSC and not PAL even though you are in Europe. In the digital age does NTSC/PAL really matter or will this have an effect somewhere? I am also in Europe but have settings on PAL so FPS is either 24 or 50

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