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I use action cameras from time to time. Recently, I purchased GoPro 7 Black. I had a GoPro 5 session already. I wanted to put up GoPro tutorials for all my readers who wanted to explore the world of action cameras. Follow this tutorial category for updated articles about GoPro tips and tricks. Consider this as a GoPro 7 Guide as most of my articles and videos will be about the recent GoPro launched.

GoPro’s are fun to use. I use these cameras on all of my trips and cycling rides. Likewise, I never leave on a trip without my GoPro’s. These action cameras are extremely versatile, making them very popular for shooting underwater video. These action cameras can be used as standalone cameras, mounted to almost anything you can think of.

The small size and relatively affordable price. Which give best results when combined with ease-of-use, pro features like Protune. The free app and editing software all make these cameras a nice device to stick in your bag for any dive trip.

Like all underwater video cameras, these are fun to use. Furthermore, these cameras can be used in many situations by both beginners and professionals both. The GoPro tutorials or GoPro guide series discusses shooting tips, general video tips, GoPro, video editing, and much more. Also, you can mount these cameras anywhere you like. Just be creative! These GoPro cameras are amazing.

How to Add GPS Overlays to Your GoPro

Hello to everyone using GoPro. How have you guys been? Hope everybody is doing great. I thought of writing this article to show you, folks, how to add GPS overlays to your GoPro videos. I will do a write-up and also will embed a YouTube video tutorial for you lovely people out there. Adding GoPro GPS overlays are simple. You can easily add GoPro speed overlay, GoPro distance overlays, GoPro elevation overlays, and many other stickers to your videos in a matter of seconds. How to add GoPro GPS stickers to GoPro videos? If you ask this question to folks using GoPro action cameras, 8 out of 10 people would know nothing about it. Even though it is as simple as riding a cycle. Check out more GoPro articles.

Let me get right into it. PS: These stickers can be added in GoPro 5 and above. I have GoPro 5 and GoPro 7, in both the cameras these can be added. I love adding GoPro speed overlay and GoPro elevation overlay to my videos. They look cool!

What are GoPro GPS stickers or overlays?

I am a huge fan of red bull videos. Especially cycling videos, coz I am fond of cycling myself. In a lot of cycling videos, you might have seen the speed and distance stickers. GoPro elevation overlay, speed overlay, distance overlay are something that you can get on the videos by turning on your GPS in your GoPro. These speeds, distance, elevation, etc. stickers look cool.

GoPro offers a lot of other stickers and not just speed and distance. If you edit a video in their application known as Quik, you will get to see a lot of other GPS telemetry data as well. This data can be on your videos and make them look very professional. Look at the screenshot of the Quik GPS data overlays offered by GoPro.

GPS Telemetry Data Options

If you look at the image above, there are many overlays and not just speed distance and elevation. Let me give you a brief about all of them.

GoPro GPS Overlay Stickers Types

it is quite simple. When you choose the first block option the logo of GoPro comes on your video. A lot of people like this logo being there, however, I do not. It just takes away a place that I could use for other important stickers.

Info Cluster

The info cluster option includes GoPro stickers like distance, altitude, elevation gain, and time. You will get all this information on the video when you click on it. In simple words, you get information about four data points. in Info Cluster.

  • Distance (KM and Miles)
  • Altitude
  • Elevation Gain
  • Date & Time

Speed Tracker

Speed tracker unlike speedometer does not tell you about the current speed at which your GoPro camera is changing it’s location but tells you the rise and drop of speed in a graphical form. I do not like this as such but good feature to have for those who like.

GPS Path

GPS path is a simple map that tells you about your current location on the route that you are. For e.g. if I am cycling around the city it tells me the exact location of my GoPro camera on the map.

Speedometer

A speedometer just a speed gauge that gets superimposed on your video and tells you the speed of the activity that you are doing. Very helpful in high-speed activities like cycling biking car racing etc.

G-Force

This sticker gives you the measure of how much g-force you are pulling as you accelerate or change your direction. For folks who are confused about the G-Force, A g-force is a measure of acceleration. 1G is the acceleration we feel due to the force of gravity. It’s what keeps our feet firmly planted on the ground. Gravity is measured in meters per second squared or m/s2.

How to add GoPro GPS stickers to your GoPro footage?

You can add these GoPro GPS overlays with the help of the GoPro App on your mobile phone, or with the help of GoPro Quik on your laptop or desktop. Let us discuss both ways, I also have some screenshots to explain you better.

Adding from your Mobile phone by GoPro App

It is very simple. All you need to do is import the video from your GoPro to your mobile app. Post importing the clip from your GoPro you need to edit the clip in the mobile application. Once you start editing the clip you will see a menu on the footer area like below.

The stickers option in the footer once you start editing

You see this sticker option, just tap on it and you will see the submenu under this “Stickers” item. Below is what you will see on your mobile screen.

The sub menu will show you all available stickers

Once you have the sub menu opened on your mobile phone you can choose any of the stickers you see and get that sticker imposed on your GoPro footage. Below is the next step where you just need to save the video footage with stickers on your phone.

Saving the edited footage to your phone

There you go. Your GoPro video is ready with your GoPro GPS stickers ready to be shared to any platform available. Speaking about sharing, please share this article.

Adding from your desktop/Laptop GoPro App

The process is quite simple. The steps are the same when you are doing it on your desktop. Just a different interface to look at and work on. So instead of a detailed explanation let me give you the points which are easy to remember.

  • First, you need to connect your GoPro to your PC and download all the video files from your camera
  • Click the video you need to have these overlays on and click on “open in create mode”
  • Once you open the file in create mode and click on adjust gauges which is on the extreme right below the video
  • If will show up all the GPS telemetry overlay stickers, select the one you want on your video
  • You can drag the sticker manually or change the size as per your needs
  • After you are done click on save and the GoPro app will save a new video for you with the overlays which you selected

That’s it folks. You video with GPS overlays is ready to be shared.

So this was all about the GoPro GPS stickers folks. So whether it is GoPro elevation overlay or GoPro speed overlay get these on your videos and make them look cool in front of your friends. Share this article spread knowledge. Any questions still? Be sure to drop in the comments, I will answer them ASAP.

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THM and LRV files in a GoPro

One of my friends called me the other day and inquired about LRV and THM files. What he did was he copied the media folder from his GoPro 8 not with the GoPro app, but just copy-pasted the folder directly from GoPro. Never do that friends. There is a reason why GoPro came up with the GoPro Quik application for file transfer. These THM and LRV files in GoPro are a short abbreviation for low-resolution videos and thumbnail respectively. Having said that, this issue is more common when creating 4k videos. I have been using the GoPro 7 and GoPro 5 for quite some time now but did not encounter this issue in 1080P however, things are different when creating videos in 2.7K or 4K.

THM & LRV files in a GoPro folder

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

WHICH GOPRO CAMERA IS CAPABLE OF CREATING THESE FILES?

At first, I thought it is only the higher versions of GoPro that are capable. However, when I starting digging deeper I realized that even the old GoPro’s were creating these files. Below is the list of GoPro’s that creates LRV and THM files.

  • HERO9 Black
  • MAX
  • HERO8 Black
  • HERO7 White, Silver & Black
  • HERO (2018)
  • HERO6 Black
  • Fusion
  • HERO5 Black
  • HERO5 Black
  • HERO4 Black & Silver
  • HERO3+
  • HERO3
  • HD HERO2

Lets get right into it.

WHAT ARE LRV FILES IN A GOPRO?

LRV is a short abbreviation for “low-resolution files”. The question is Why does GoPro create these files? Now imagine you capturing a 4k video in your GoPro. Now if you try to play the same heavy file in your GoPro to get a preview your camera would no nuts. Imagine playing heavy 4k video on that small device. In order to deal with this issue, your action camera creates these low-resolution files.
The preview that you get on your camera is a file that is created and is known as LRV or low-resolution file. The actual output that you see on your desktop or your laptop is the 4K video file which is heavy. In simple words, GoPro does not play the actual heavy files that are being created. Instead, it plays low resolution or LRV files on its screen.

WHAT ARE THM FILES IN A GOPRO?

THM is a short abbreviation for “Thumbnail”. Your GoPro makes it because there has to be a thumbnail when you swipe up to see the videos in your camera. Similar concept to a YouTube video. When you upload your video you also upload a custom thumbnail or else the YouTube algorithm picks the thumbnail up from the video itself. In other words, there has to be a thumbnail image for each video.

Speaking about YouTube you will love my YouTube channel have a look.

These thumbnail images are referred to as THM files. The image you see in the video above is a thumbnail image, just like in GoPro for your high-resolution videos.

WHY ARE THM AND LRV FILES NEEDED?

These files are needed because your GoPro cannot play the actual heavy video files that you create in an amount of higher MB value or GB. So low-resolution files are needed so that your camera can play the file on its screen in case you want to look at the preview. These files will always be created if you are shooting in 4k mode.

If GoPro does not create these files you would not be able to see the preview of your 4k videos. This of course will be a big issue as I always take a look at my footage once I am done shooting. I do this to ensure that I have exactly the same footage and same frame that I need for my vlogs and what I wanted in my mind.

CAN I PLAY THESE THM AND LRV FILES IN MY GOPRO?

Yes you can but they are poor in quality so it would be of no use. However, let me guide you how to open these files.

HOW TO OPEN LRV FILE?

If you want to play an LRV file just change its extension to .mp4. This will change this low resolution into a media file and you can play it via any external player like VLC. The resolution and the quality of this file will be below average though.

HOW TO OPEN THM FILE?

You can view a THM or a thumbnail file by the same procedure as you used to open an LRV file. In the LRV file, you changed the file extension to .mp4. However, in the THM file since it’s a low-resolution image file you can change the extension to .png or .jpeg to view it. Isn’t it simple? However, you won’t be able to make use of this image file as the quality of this image will be extremely poor. It is meant only for viewing on the small screen of your GoPro.

WHY DO I GET THESE FILES IF THEY ARE NOT USEFUL?

A lot of people follow the wrong procedure to get the video files out from their GoPro. When you connect your GoPro to your computer or laptop there are two ways by which you can get your video files.

COPY FILES DIRECTLY FROM ROOT FOLDER

Firstly, copy the root folder directly from your laptop or computer.

HERO 7 BLACK CONNECTED VIA EXTERNAL CABLE

I connected my GoPro 7 black to my laptop and I got the icon as seen in the image above. Now I can double click this icon and get into the GoPro root folder and copy the entire folder. If I do that, the THM and LRV files will get copied as well along with the 4K heavy files.

However, I always advise people not to copy their files this way. This is a bad practice of copying files and something you lose your 4K files and copy only the low-resolution files. So never copy the files like this.

EXTRACT FILES USING GOPRO QUIK APP

There is a reason why GoPro did a lot of effort in creating Quik. This is because that software updated to its latest version knows what files to extract and what files do not. I always extract my files via the GoPro Quik app.

ALWAYS EXTRACT YOUR FILES FROM GOPRO VIA OFFICIAL GOPRO APPLICATION

So my advice would be always to use Quik to download your files from your camera. Else, there might be issues when copying the folders directly. Furthermore, this is such an amazing software, I mean the extracting is easy. You have the option of deleting or not deleting files after extraction. It is amazing customized.

DO I NEED TO SAVE THESE THM AND LRV FILES?

Not at all. You don’t need to save them at all. It is only the actual mp4 file that is of use. These files even if you save them will be of no use to you. These are temporary files and are only useful when you are creating videos in the GoPro app. Else if you are using any other video editing software then the heavy mp4 video file would suffice. If you accidentally delete them, don’t worry. Unless you are using the GoPro app to create or edit your videos you would do just fine. At the end you only need the 4k heavy mp4 file in external editors.

So, that was all about the THM and LRV files in a GoPro folks. If you have a question please leave them in the comment box below. I would try to get to you ASAP.

Complete guide on GoPro Time-lapse

I love using my GoPro 7 black for capturing everything around me. I keep on getting a lot of questions related to GoPro’s. One specific question that I get very often is, “How to use time-lapse in GoPro?”. In this article, I would tell you everything about the time-lapse capturing features and modes which are there are in GoPro’s. I would be using my Hero GoPro 7 Black edition for all the comparison videos and for the tutorial I use my Canon 1200 D which is my old but valuable DSLR. In this tutorial, we would discuss time wrap video, time-lapse video, time-lapse photo & night lapse photo.

Time lapses are soothing and fun to watch

Before we start. check out this article I wrote about the GoPro 7 hyper smooth feature.

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There are 4 modes of capture when we talk about the time-lapse feature in this action camera. Let me tell you about each one of them in detail.

Accessing the time-lapse mode in GoPro is easy you just need to press the power button and then select the time-lapse option leaving out the video and photo option. Once you are in this mode you will get options for further selecting the subcategories.

These sub-options are time wrap video, time-lapse video, time-lapse photo & night lapse photo.

Time wrap video option in GoPro

In the earlier versions, this feature was not there. This has been introduced in GoPro Hero 7. I consider this feature as a unique combination of time-lapse video feature and the amazing hyper smooth feature of GoPro 7.

This feature allows you to capture videos in fast intervals without losing the element of smoothness in the video. Unlike in time-lapse video mode where you need to keep your camera steady, in this mode, you can move your camera while making a video.

You do not need to have a tripod or keep your camera steady in this mode unless you are choosing high intervals. Furthermore, there are setting that you can change to get the desired results in your video.

Aspect ratio vs resolution

Now if you talk about aspect ratio and the corresponding resolutions there are few choices you got. Take a look at the table below.

16:94:3
4K2.7K
1080P1440P
Table for aspect ratio and resolutions for time wrap video in GoPro

Now you can make a video in 4K or 2.7K, however, ensure that you have near enough processing power in your computer to handle these ratios. The files are going to be too heavy.

I make use of 16:9 aspect ratio with resolution as 1080.

The next question that comes in mind is that how much will be the length of the videos at different time intervals or speeds?

Take a look at the table below for recording time when choosing different intervals.

SpeedRecording TimeVideo Length
2X1 Minute30 Seconds
5X1 Minute10 Seconds
10X5 Minutes30 Seconds
15X5 Minutes20 Seconds
30X5 Minutes10 Seconds
Stats considered from GoPro official website

How to choose the settings?

Based on the above tables and stats ask your self some basic questions.

  • How much stability do you need?
  • What is the length of the activity?
  • How long video will be?

Once you answer these questions you would automatically be able to select the settings. This takes time and you need to get through hands-on to get accustomed.

From my experience, I would suggest that use the 10X which is the default one. This speed is optimized for a wide variety of activities.

What I recommend!

  • Speeds between 2X to 5X is ideal for activities like driving and riding through a picturesque route.
  • For hiking and exploring which I love a lot, I use the default speed of 10X.
  • Activities where there is a lot of movement and sudden change of frame like running, mountain biking uses a high speed like 15X to 30X.

Tips from professionals

  • For ideal results use the 10X speed as this goes for most of the activities.
  • If you zoom while making a video you will get a more stable video. Try it, it worked for me.
  • Higher speed will have better stabilization as there are more frames captured which can blend it easily to created smooth videos.

I just casually walked with my friend and captured time wrap video at all the speeds. Check the video below and see the comparison. The location of the GoPro mounted on my forehead.

I created this video to show you the speed comparison while making a time warp video

Using the GoPro Time-lapse Video

The second option is the GoPro time-lapse video feature. You can select it using the same way as mentioned above.

When you are in the time-wrap mode touch the icon on the left which will give you four options. One of them will be the time-lapse video. Unlike the time warp mode, you need to keep your GoPro on a stable surface or use a tripod or GoPro shorty.

This mode gives you results only when the camera is stable else you will get a shaky video which will be of no use. This mode is not new. it has been a part of GoPro since people were using GoPro 4. They just kept on making it better and better.

This mode like time warp comes with a bunch of different settings that you can use as per your shoot requirement.

How to choose the settings?

We come back to square one. Like the way, I suggested you ask few questions to yourself before choosing settings for a time warp, so the same as the time-lapse video.

However, I would suggest you to take a look at the table below.

IntervalActivity
0.5 to 2 secondsBiking, surfing, and other mild sports
2 SecondsYou can specifically use this for shooting streets
5-10 SecondsOutdoor scenes with long duration (Sunset, sunrise, etc)
10-60 SecondsActivities which might take hours (Construction or artwork etc.)
This table tells you the setting that you can choose for your time lapse
Take a look at the first few seconds of this vlog. A time lapse in Ladakh with a rotating view.

How long would my time-lapse video be in different intervals?

I can’t tell you how long the videos be as I tested my GoPro till the battery drained out. However, let me give you stats of how much time did my battery lasted.

Look at the table below. The time is in HH:MM and approximate.

Video ModeWiFi Switched OffWith WiFi and Capture App
4K 30 FPS01:00 Hour50 Minutes
2.7K 48 FPS01:00 Hour50 Minutes
2.7K 30 FPS01:08 Hour54 Minutes
1080P 120 FPS01:10 Hour57 Minutes
1080P 60 FPS01:18 Hours01:00 Hour
1080P 30 FPS with Superview01:35 Hours01:18 Hours
720P 120 FPS01:57 Hours01:30 Hours
This is how long my battery lasted when I was recording the time lapse

Time-lapse photo mode in Gopro

There is another mode for time-lapse that not a lot of people use. This is on GoPro’s and called a time-lapse photo. All this mode does is helps you to create a time-lapse video.

Wait a minute. You must be thinking we already discussed the time-lapse video, why is this mode even there? There is a difference between these two modes even though the output will be a time-lapse video.

Difference between time-lapse video and photo?

Ideally, both these modes give you the output as a time-lapse video. However, there are a few differences here. Both these modes capture images in set intervals (as you choose). In a time-lapse video, the output you get is a nice video as GoPro does the job of combining the images together.

On the contrary, in the photo mode, you get a bunch of images as per the interval you chose. What you need to do is get on video editing software and join them together to make a time-lapse video. This is the biggest difference between the two modes.

So the questions is that when we have the time-lapse video mode why do we actually need another photo mode here?

Let me summarize the pros and cons here

  • Firstly, you do not need to put in the effort in editing when using the video mode, however, in photo mode you need to stitch your images together to make a time-lapse video.
  • Time-lapse photo mode gives you more flexibility when editing. Consider this as a photographer clicking in RAW to get more control over their images.
  • When creating a time-lapse video the GoPro adjusts the lighting according to the starting of the scene and then stays as it is. On the contrary, photo mode keeps adjusting the settings as per the scene at present. In other words, photo mode will come in handy while capturing the time-lapse of sunset and sunrise as the light changes drastically.
  • The file size of the photo mode will always be heavy when compared with the normal time-lapse video mode. When comparing the file size the photo mode size was heavier than the normal time-lapse video more by 5 times.

So this was all about the time-lapse photo mode folks, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments below.

Night lapse photo mode in GoPro

The last mode is the night lapse photo mode in GoPro that we would talk about here. As the name suggests, this mode is used for capturing long shots during the night or in low light conditions.

This mode was there in the earlier versions of GoPro, however, in GoPro 7 Black and Fusion, it has been an epitome of success. In this mode, the settings give you more control over the settings that come into effect in the low light.

Shot by GoPro 7 Black in the night lapse photo mode. Do follow my Instagram to stay tunes to awesome stuff.

For e.g. you can choose longer shutter speeds depending on how much light your scene has. If the conditions are changing there is an auto function as well in this mode. That automatically checks the amount of light that is available and changes the shutter speed and ISO.

So this was all about the four modes on your GoPro camera.

This might now be enough so I am adding few tips from professional video makers to make exceptional time lapse.

Tips from Pro’s

I get a lot of video makers who find it difficult to make a perfect time-lapse. In-fact making a time-lapse is easier than clicking a picture.

  • Shaky videos
  • Out of focus scenes
  • Low-quality videos
  • Long boring time-lapse videos

Above can be avoided, so here are 4 tips that you can keep handy for a perfect time lapse.

  • Use a tripod. No one likes the shaky videos. Especially when making a time-lapse video. I use GoPro shorty, and a few other stands and mounts. Just make sure that your camera is stable.
  • You need to carry extra batteries and a charger with you when making these videos. Time-lapse drains a lot of juice from your battery. I always keep two spare batteries in case I need to create a video for more than an hour.
  • Choosing the right interval is the key. Different intervals are used for capturing different activities. Use the interval right and you get awesome footage. Choose it wrong and no one will like to see your lapse.
  • Make sure that your memory card is of class 10 or above. You need to have a lot of space too for these kinds of videos as they take up a lot of space. I use a card of 64 GB whenever I am shooting time-lapse videos.

Summing Up

So this was all about the time wrap video, time-lapse video, time-lapse photo & night lapse photo modes in your lovely action camera.

Choose the settings correct and finalize your scene after carefully examining the light sources. This will do wonders for you when creating video content, especially when creating a time wrap video & night lapse photo.

In case you have any questions related to GoPro or any of the modes above, please drop in a comment. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Hero Gopro 8 Black Launch & Review

Let’s talk about GoPro 7 first, the predecessor of GoPro hero 8 has amazing super smooth stabilization. However, they got it better with Hyper smooth 2.0. The videos in 4k were amazing. GoPro hero 8 specs have been further tweaked by the action cam makers of GoPro. So finally when the specs are out and they are launching this amazing device. Here I come with a complete review of Hero GoPro 8 Black. The second camera that they launched with a few modifications is the Hero GoPro Max. This is a modified version of GoPro Fusion.

Much awaited gadget hits the block. I Own a GoPro 5, 6, and 7. I love these devices. The performance was so impressive of Hero GoPro 7 Black. I have been using that action camera extensively. The super-smooth feature of GoPro 7 black is awesome. Take a look at some of my videos on my YouTube channel.

GoPro 8 Black Price

GoPro 8 Black price in India will be around INR 37,000. More or less the same price as GoPro 7 Black when it was launched. The addictive GoPro buyers can still book it online right now the price on the website though in USD is $399. Follow this link to pre-order it right now. Now, if we talk about GoPro max the price of this device is $499.99 on the official website. I loved fusion and I always wanted to buy it, however, it’s good that I waited for some time as now I can get my hands on GoPro max. You can pre-order it now on the official website, just click this link. Enough about the price let’s get down to more serious business.

What’s new in it? GoPro Hero 8 Specs

First, let’s talk about GoPro 8 black. The only bad thing about GoPro 7 is that in case you need to charge it or access a memory card, you need to get it out of its housing. Gone are those days mate. These slots are now placed on the sides and are easily accessible. The new GoPro 8 has an inbuilt mounting system. This means that you do not need to put this camera first in the housing and then attach it to the GoPro mounting accessories.

It has flaps at the bottom that opens up downwards, and when not in use they flip up to lie flush with the GoPro Hero 8 Black body and are held in place by magnets. This is awesome…..! A few amazing things that are now are the shotgun-mic performance, 3.5mm mic and HDMI-out ports, and two cold-shoe mounts—all in one. It has a flip-up screen for video loggers and a flash that can be attached to it. I am flipping already man!

GoPro Max

Now let’s come to GoPro max. I loved Fusion as I mentioned earlier. I used it since my friend had it. However, I got a 7 Black and was waiting if GoPro comes out with another bad fusion looking, bad boy. GoPro retrofitted this beast with some awesome punching features compared to its predecessor fusion. You can now shoot a single-lens hero style video with unbreakable stabilization. You can capture immersive 360-degree footage. Video log to the max with shot-gun mic performance and a front-facing screen. This just keeps on getting better.

Hyper smooth 2.0

Don’t you like the hyper smooth feature of GoPro 7 Black? Well, you will fall in love with Hyper smooth 2.0 of GoPro 8 Black. This Hyper smooth 2.0 is built on the foundation which was laid by the Hyper smooth feature of GoPro 7 Black. Never ever will there be a shaky video ever in the future of GoPro. This feature is available in all the modes available on this device. To add to this, there is something called the beast mode in Hyper smooth 2.0. This mode gives you super duper smooth videos but with a hint of crop video factor. But it’s all good. I can’t wait to get my hands on this device.

GP1 Sensor (The best)

Another modification that is being done to this 8th generation of action camera is the changes to its sensor. The new GP1 sensor is super efficient and works like artificial intelligence. Now, we all know the timelapse feature which is in GoPro 7. Well, the time-lapse on this device is on steroids, thanks to the GP1 sensor. You can now automatically adjust the speed of the time-lapse footage based on data that is being captured by this sensor. You can tap in the middle of the video to capture real-time footage or focus on something. I am flipping out seriously. GoPro Hero 8 specs are amazing!

Honest Hero 8 review

The interface is being pumped up by GoPro engineers. It has been completely revamped and now you need lesser taps to get things done. Shoot 4k footage at 60 fps and with hyper smooth 2.0 feature, you will never know what is shaky videos. Additional modifications are crazy. You can attach a shotgun microphone for crystal clear audio. Additional LED for making videos in dark. Now everyone can be Bear Grylls. lol! Furthermore, a flip-up screen for video loggers like me. Hey, by the way, check out my YouTube channel mate.

Summing up

GoPro Hero 8 and GoPro max specifications make them the best action ever to be launched in the market. Although these hero 8 and Hero max reviews are written by me are before I could lay my hands on these amazing devices, still I am pretty amazed at what the specs are claiming. I can’t wait to get my hands on them. I am going to pre-book them now. Will you? Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

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Hyperlapse Video

How to shoot amazing hyperlapse video in GoPro 7?

GoPro 7 Black is the most amazing action camera ever by GoPro. Thanks to Nick Woodman. I wrote an article about how smooth the video is with the hyper smooth feature of GoPro 7 Black. In this article, I would guide you to make an exceptional hyperlapse video from GoPro 7 Black. Let us first understand what is hyperlapse? Time wrap or better called as hyperlapse is hyper smooth applied very efficiently to time lapse. Even if you move in a scene it allows you to capture smooth video footage in time-lapse mode. However, just make sure that you use a memory card of class 10 and above with over 3 GB memory.

This is my last video in which I talked about the hyper smooth video in GoPro 7 Black.

How does time-lapse or hyperlapse work?

The camera analyzes the scene to apply TimeWarp based off of your selected speed. It then processes the footage in the camera and produces the TimeWarp video. Below is the resolution to which you need to pay attention while creating a hyperlapse video.

Most noteworthy is the speed at which you need to create a hyperlapse. Speed is different in different situations. The table below tells you what speed to choose in a given situation. These were taken from the official GoPro website and I tested them and got phenomenal results.

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Things to keep in mind while selecting speed.

There are few things which you need to keep in mind while selecting the desired speed. These factors, in turn, make a lot of difference when it comes to perfecting time wrap or hyperlapse video.

  • What is the extent of stabilization you need?
  • How long will be the video footage?
  • How much would you move in the video?

The most recommended and default configuration speed is 10x as it works with most of the video scenarios.

I have tested this and 10x works for me pretty good in most of the cases.

I did a test for all the speeds with different activity and video scenarios. The table below would guide you to use which speed in which situation.

Quick guide for selecting time wrap or hyper lapse in GoPro 7 Black.

Quick tips to make a hyperlapse video.

  • Use 10x speed as this is the best speed which comes by default.
  • Use chest mounts as this mount tops stability chart. Read More
  • Higher speed gives better stabilization as more frames to choose.
  • Zooming in can help with stabilization

Check out the hyperlapse video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

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GoPro 7 Black Hyper Smooth Feature

I recently got a GoPro 7 Black edition for my cycling videos. (Check out my YouTube Channel) Check out the last article that I wrote when this amazing device was launched. GoPro launched its masterpiece product this year and stunned the action camera manufacturers. Equipped with new features such as hyper smooth and live streaming. In this article, I will shed light on the hyper smooth features along with modes, resolution, and the frame rate with which it works. This is going to be a comprehensive GoPro 7 review.

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What is hyper smooth in GoPro 7 Black?

This feature was first introduced in Sony Action Cameras. The feature was known as EIS or better known as electronic image stabilization. Smooth videos are what everyone wants and this feature gave them exactly what people wanted. Furthermore, if I were to speak in simple language hyper smooth features in GoPro are nothing but EIS on steroids.

Electronic Image Stabilization On Steroids

EIS was launched in Hero GoPro 5. This GoPro model, when used with Karma grip (Gimbal), had an immense effect on the stabilization. The era of shaky videos was coming to an end. However, now Hyper Smooth changes everything. It boosts the EIS stabilization of the GoPro Hero7 Black beyond that of any motorized gimbal. It works under normal handheld conditions. Furthermore, it is equally as impressive when used by extreme sports enthusiasts while attempting to make videos where it is tough to keep your action camera stable. Now no mechanical gimbal is needed for your ultra-smooth videos.

What Besides the Hyper Smooth Videos?

GoPro 7 not only gives you exceptional results when it comes to stability but also enhance the video output and clarity. Showing that the enhanced stabilization offered by the Hero7 not only smooths out the motion but hugely increases the overall quality and detail of the footage captured.

Previous models with Karma grip & the new GoPro 7 Black

GoPro 5,6 with Gimbal against GoPro 7 Black: 

I used the combination of GoPro 5,6 (Owned by my friend) with Karma grip. The results are good, however, you can not;

  • Go out cycling riding and then taking care of Gimbal and GoPro
  • You can not take the Gimbal (Karma Grip) underwater
  • You can not mount the karma grip on your bike, cycle, or car for that matter like GoPro7
  • Can’t attach the grip to your pets and take videos
  • Gimbal also has the additional weight which you would need to carry if going on a trek in your backpack

Hero GoPro 7 Black

There are tons of things that you can do with your GoPro7. Let’s take a look.

  • Attach it to car, bike, cycle and get ultra-smooth videos
  • Go swimming with it and still get smooth stable videos
  • Use it with any kind of sport where it is tough to keep the camera angle steady

I literally can’t think of anything that you can not do with GoPro 7. Let me know in the comments if you think of something that this bad boy can’t do.

How does Hyper Smooth work in GoPro 7 Black?

Let us understand the concept so that we know how EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) works. EIS aligns frames to take out the bumps and wobble that come from handholding any action cameras. HyperSmooth feature analyses the content of the footage and then processes the frames matching the content. That’s how you get a super-stable video.

Frame rates and aspect ratios for EIS

I frequently use my GoPro and found that there is always 10% (Approx) cropping when using stabilization. Although I do not find this fact bothering as the results are pretty good. Hyper smooth features also do the same thing. I noticed that when it comes to HyperSmooth, I can only select it when using a 16:9 aspect ratio. This has all been made possible by the updated GP1 processor and the additional GB of RAM which takes the GoPro Hero7 Black to 2GB of internal RAM. If you think normally EIS will steal 10% of the frame, HyperSmooth takes 25% headroom that’s a big leap.

What GoPro 7 Black resolutions and framerates does Hyper Smooth work?

Hyper Smooth works for 16:9 resolutions with the exception of 4K at 60fps. It doesn’t work for any 4:3 aspect ratio footage as obviously this gets rid of the headroom (The crop) required by HyperSmooth. That doesn’t mean that you’re without EIS at 4:3, if you dip into the settings then you’ll find the option to switch on Image Stabilisation.

What if I need to turn off the hyper smooth feature in my GoPro 7 Black?

I will not recommend this. However, in case you decide to turn off this feature for anything specific, there is no on/off switch. When you see the footage you’ll see on or off there’s probably very little difference so why bother. If you are adamant that you need to kill off HyperSmooth then the other option is to switch to 4:3 ratio and you can do that by tapping the icon in the top right of the screen. As there is no headroom, HyperSmooth can’t work so it will in effect be switched off. You’ll also have a little more headroom for composing when it comes to editing.

Summing Up about GoPro 7 Black

No doubt GoPro 7 Black is the best action camera available in the market. I use it for making videos for my YouTube channel. Check out the comparison video of GoPro session 5 and GoPro Hero 7 Black.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions related to the hyper smooth feature of GoPro in this GoPro 7 review. I will try to answer them as soon as possible. Check out the next best thing Hero GoPro 8. I hope that you liked this GoPro 7 review, drop comments in case of a query.

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Hero GoPro 7 Launch

Say Goodbye To Shaky Videos – GoPro Hero 7 Black, Silver, and White Editions Launched in India

Famous action camera giant has announced a new flagship GoPro Hero 7 Black action camera. Along with two cheaper Hero 7 models that will complete the company’s refreshed camera line-up. Let’s us know everything about Hero GoPro 7 and what additional features is baby has.

Pre-order: Click here to pre-order Go Pro 7 from Amazon.in and avail several benefits.

Hyped Features

Firstly GoPro’s Hero 7 Black sets a new bar for video stabilization. The Hero 7 Black replaces the now discontinued Hero 6 Black. It comes with new ‘Hypersmooth’ electronic image stabilisation. GoPro founder Nick Woodman called it “the best in-camera video stabilisation in any camera, ever”. The Black version is powered by the custom processor GoPro debuted last year. It offers 4K video capture at up to 60 frames per second and super slow motion. A suite of new features like live-streaming, a Hyperlapse-style time-lapse mode, and dramatically improved digital image stabilization that you really have to see to believe. All of three GoPro Hero 7 models offer water resistance up to 10 metres and feature a 2-inch touchscreen.

GoPro Hero 7 Screen

 

Hypersmooth is a big part of the Hero 7 Black, but it’s not the only new feature. The Hero 7 Black can live stream to Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, or Vimeo over a phone’s cellular connection. There’s a time-lapse mode called “TimeWarp” that makes it easy to shoot smooth, fast time-lapse videos. This camera also has new “SuperPhoto” mode that works a lot like the smart HDR features on Google’s Pixel phones or Apple’s new iPhones.

The Hero 7 Black also has top-of-the-line specs. It shoots 4K video at up to 60 frames per second, 2.7K at up to 120 fps, and 1080p video at up to 240 fps. It captures 12-megapixel photos, with the option to shoot in RAW. Furthermore, it has Wi-Fi, GPS, face/smile and scene detection, and can filter out wind noise.

The two cheaper options, Silver and White, aren’t as capable, and they don’t use the GP1 chip. They also have integrated batteries, and they aren’t compatible with the Karma Grip stabilizer or the now-dead Karma Drone.

GoPro Hero 7 price & availability in India

GoPro Hero 7 Black price in India has been set at Rs. 37,000 in the US for $399 (roughly Rs. 28,800). The GoPro Hero 7 Silver will be sold in India for Rs. 28,000, and for $299 (around Rs. 21,600) in the US. Lastly, the most affordable GoPro Hero 7 White comes in at Rs. 19,000 in India and $199 (approximately Rs. 14,400) in the US. Availability in the Indian market for all three models starts from Thursday, September 27. However, in US customers can start buying it from Sunday, September 30. Pre-orders on GoPro.com have already gone live.

Pre-order: Click here to pre-order Go Pro 7 from Amazon.in and avail several benefits.

Benefits Of pre-ordering

You can additionally avail up to Rs. 1500 cashback as Amazon Pay balance and 5% instant discount on a credit card or debit card EMI. Also, these offers are valid till September 24. HERO7 Black pre-orders also get a free Shorty worth Rs. 3900 for free.

Pre-order: Click here to pre-order Go Pro 7 from Amazon.in and avail several benefits.

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Best Action Camera Mount Ever For Stable Videos

One of the always talked about subject when it comes to making cycling videos. Which is the “Best Action Camera Mount” that helps in creating neat videos while using adobe premiere pro as a video editor for GoPro footage. I struggled for a long time with the stability of my videos, most of them were pretty shaky and vague until my friend told me about the chest mount for my GoPro camera.

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The chest mount is by far the most stable mount for any action camera available in the market. Since the time I started cycling, I was always fond of capturing my rides, not just on Strava but on videos as well. So I started making cycling VLogs on my YouTube channel. I am always on a hunt for “Best Action Camera Mount” for my rides.

Why Is The Chest Mount Best For Making Videos?

When you are cycling or running or a matter of fact doing any physical activity that requires the use of your leg, your chest is the most stable part of your body. Since the movement of your chest is very less, it is by far the most stable part of your body under extreme and intense physical activity. You action camera will be completely stable and the videos will have more stability.

Pro’s & Con’s Of Using Chest Mount Harness

let me list down the pro’s and con’s of using the chest mount harness, so you know what are you gaining and what are you losing.

Pro’s

  • it is damn easy to operate the action camera as it’s within the reach of your hands.
  • Since it’s on your chest, it leaves your hands free, unlike the wrist mount that some of us use.
  • it fit’s everyone whether you are 4 feet or up to 8 feet, the harness comes with multi-adjustable clips.

Con’s

  • You will be stuck with one angle and, you cant aim it at you, or at any other angle for that matter. So limited angle scope!
  • One of the issues with this super comfortable tool is that it’s close to your clothes. So it takes up a lot of external noises like the wind. So if you plan to use it with high speed or at a windy place, the video could be pretty noisy and need some editing at the end.

Summing Up

I use a video editor and mostly now when I upload the videos on my YouTube channel, they are edited. So the external noise part is reduced by the editor. As far as stability is concerned this mount is the best and I love using it on my rides. It is totally your call if you want to capture the POV angle of the front or show different angles.

Check Out My YouTube Channel Video On Chest Mount

Do you have any experiences with The chest harness? Share it in the comments!

Also in case you want to buy this mount for your GoPro camera, just click on the picture below. This is available on Amazon.com.