Get better videos with these 7 GoPro tips and tricks

GoPros have been capturing photos and videos since 2004—and they remain the top choice when it comes to choosing an action camera that can go almost anywhere.

The recording quality of these devices has continued to improve over the years, and the brand has been adding new features that are worth knowing about so you can get the most out of your camera.

These tips and tricks will work with every GoPro Hero model released since 2016, back to the GoPro Hero 5.

1. Record clips faster

Sometimes, you want to get a recording as quickly as possible, and that’s where QuikCapture comes in. This feature lets you turn on the camera and start recording (using a new preset) with a single button press.

To use it, make sure you enable QuikCapture, as on some models it is turned off by default. Swipe down from the top of the touchscreen, then swipe left, and go Priorities. choose normalAfter that QuikCapture To turn the feature on or off.

When the camera is off, you can then tap the shutter/select button on top of your GoPro to open the camera and start recording immediately. To start a time-lapse video instead, tap and hold the shutter/select button for three seconds.

2. Put your GoPro into stealth mode

Having your GoPro light up and beep can be useful, as those signals let you know that the gadget is registering your button pushes and has started filming. But you don’t always want to activate these settings.

Swipe down from the top of the touchscreen, then swipe left, and choose Priorities. go there normal and Beep volumeSo you can choose high, moderateor less. You can mute the GoPro completely by swiping down from the top of the touchscreen and tapping the music note icon. When it is grey, the device is muted.

To manage the front and rear camera LED lights, swipe down from the top of the touchscreen, then swipe left and select Priorities, normaland LEDs. You can choose from all on, All closedand Front closure only.

3. Create a looping preset

Your GoPro has a looping feature which is essentially a continuous recording mode, like a dash cam in a car. The idea is to allow yourself to film until you get your perfect shot.

To enable looping, you need to create a preset. Tap the current video recording mode on the touchscreen (the bottom bar with video settings), then tap the icon in the upper right corner (the two horizontal lines with up and down arrows), and then tap . Plus symbol.

choose looping As mode, then set your video options as needed. Take note Interval setting, which determines how much video your GoPro records before starting to overwrite the start of the clip. This setting prevents you from running out of storage space.

4. Control your GoPro with your voice

It’s the nature of action cameras that you won’t always be able to find and press the shutter button to start filming – for example you might be surfing, gliding, or kayaking. That’s where volume control comes in.

Swipe down from the top of the touchscreen on the back of your GoPro, and the first icon on the left of the top row is the voice control — it looks like a person speaking. Make sure it is blue (meaning it’s enabled) before you start talking to your camera.

You need to say “GoPro” before anything else so the device knows you’re talking to it. Two useful commands you can use are “Start Recording” and “Stop Recording.” You will be able to switch modes by saying “Video Mode”, “Photo Mode” or “Time-Lapse Mode”. The GoPro Community website has a complete list of voice commands that you can check out and learn before your next adventure.

5. Save yourself some battery life

GoPros aren’t particularly known for their stellar battery life, but there are a variety of ways to get more juice between charges. Disconnecting from the mobile app, even if it’s temporary, is a good start. On the touchscreen, swipe down and then left, then Go Connectionsand Wireless connectionsand choose off.

You can make sure your GoPro is powering down quickly when idle. open up Priorities By swiping down and then left on the touchscreen. Then select normal and Auto power off.

If you are not working in direct sunlight, you can also reduce the brightness of the display to extend the battery life. from Prioritiesselect performsand tap shine To set the way you like.

6. Switch to (or pause) vertical videos

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re all using our phones to watch videos these days, so you might want to shoot some cool footage. It’s simple: just rotate your GoPro and the video mode changes automatically.

That’s all well and good, but it means you might accidentally start shooting a portrait video when you’re trying to record a landscape video, and vice versa. You can lock your camera to its current orientation by swiping down from the top of the touchscreen and tapping. Orientation icon: This is the second from the right in the bottom row, and it looks like a square with four arrows.

You can also open your GoPro to prevent it from going out of landscape mode when you move the camera around Priorities (swipe down and then left on the touchscreen) and choose performs, Orientationand scenario.

7. Tap and hold for more options

The touchscreen on the back of your GoPro is useful for controlling your device and changing settings, but you can get even more functionality out of it by pressing some of the buttons and icons you see on your display.

For example, tapping the Video Settings panel (bottom, center) takes you to a list of video quality presets. But if you press and hold the panel, you get all the individual video quality settings, including resolution and bit rate.

There is also Zoom button Bottom right corner (magnifying glass). You can tap it to change the zoom level, but you can also tap and hold it to place a different function down there, like a timer or white balance setting.

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