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    Default Making better GoPro videos (sharper, better colors etc..)


    I bought new GoPro HD hero 2 camera three weeks ago. I was surprised how "dead" all the colors are in untreated video. I'm not very good in movie editing but ready to learn.

    I have been thinking how it is even possible to make gopro videos look like this: The HD HERO2: 2x as Powerful in Every Way - YouTube
    I'm trying to search some guides how to make better videos but I haven't got any good answers. Any one know how to make gopro videos sharper? I know color correction is all about trying it and I have found some really good tutorials. Here is my first try color correction: mittiiääääasd - YouTube (Using sony vegas pro 11, rendering 'internet HD 720p' camera settings: 720p @ 60fps)

    Any advice how to make my videos better?

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    As you have posted in this section I presume you have Sony Vegas. Professionally colour grading is a separate craft to editing but at our level we have to do both. I think you did a reasonable job with your video. I do think you crushed the blacks a bit for my taste. This is an important point, not my taste but the fact that colour grading is often down to personal preference. There are ways to use colour grading to help with the narrative of a video. Cold colours would be used for one mood and warm colours for another. It's even become popular to have very desaturated colours.

    I think it's important to get skin tone looking right as most people know what colour skin is but trying to get the wall behind you looking right isn't as important as who would even know if it was right or wrong. So aim to get skin tones right use colour temperature to add to the mood you are going for and just do lots of experiments as there is no right or wrong, you might even start the next colour trend.

    There are some good tutorials on the Sony Vegas web site, Try looking at THIS to get some tips.

    One other thing about improving yours videos in general. Make sure the Go Pro is well mounted and not subject to vibration. Notice in the good example video you posted there are a number of different shots from different distances and points of view. Just having it attached to your helmet is not going to make an interesting video.
    Last edited by Midnight Blue; 09-23-2012 at 06:48 PM.

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