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How To Make HDR Time-Lapses With Your GoPro

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So you may have seen some of my other tutorials showing you how to capture HDR photos with your GoPro. In this tutorial I will go over the steps of how you can easily create beautiful GoPro timelapses with an HDR look. Now true HDR requires 3 different exposed photos that are then merged into one image, but for this tutorial we will be using just the normal images created with your GoPro when capturing time-lapses in photo mode.

We will be using software called Photomatix from HDRsoft.com to batch edit our timelapse photo sequence and then use GoPro Studio to finish it off. This method will convert each image to look like a true HDR photo with all its vibrant beauty. Please Note: This method will only work for time lapses shot in photo mode with your GoPro. I used a GoPro Hero 5 Black to capture the images that I will be using for this tutorial. Images captured with older generations of the GoPro Hero will work the same way.

Step 1 – Launch Photomatix: The first thing we need to do is batch process our GoPro time-lapse sequence. At this point you can launch your Photomatix software. We will be using existing presets that come pre-installed in Photomatix. You can create your own but that will be another tutorial. On the left hand side of Photomatix select the option that says “Batch Single Photos”.

 

Step 2 – Set Image Location: In the next step we must tell Photomatix were the location of our GoPro time-lapse sequence is located. Use the “Select Folder” button to set the location of your files. Additionally if you wish at this point you can set the location were Photomatix will save your new HDR photos. By default It will just create a new sub directory within the folder of the original images.

 

Step 3 – Set HDR Style Parameters: Now have to set our HDR parameters by selecting one of the available presets.  For this tutorial I have opted to go with painterly 2. You may want to play around with the different styles, some look better than others in different environments. I like to process with noise reduction as there can be a lot of noise associated with HDR. I usually set mine to 105% to 110%. Then next thing I like to add is a little contrast. For the most part I usually set it to “Mild Contrast” this will differ from scene to scene. You can add some sharpening if you wish. for this tutorial I am leaving it blank as I like to do my sharpening in GoPro Studio while we are creating the video later in this tutorial. Once you have all your parameters set click on the “Run” button to let Photomatix batch process all your images in your time-lapse sequence. This will take some time to complete, depending on your computer and how many images it could take upwards of an hour or longer. When complete move to the next step.

 

Step 4 –  Load HDR Photos Into GoPro Studio: Now that all your images have been batch edited into HDR it now time to load them into GoPro Studio so we can assemble and the export the finished time-lapse into a video file. Load GoPro Studio and select “Import New Files”. Brows to where your new HDR image sequence is located, select all the images and open them.

 

Step 5 – Convert Time-Lapse Files: You will notice that the files you just imported have been assembled into one view-able file. We now need to convert this file to a time-lapse video. Before we do it’s a good idea to check and make sure we have our conversion settings set properly. Click on advance settings and make sure that image size is set to source and that quality is set to high. This allows for best quality export and more editing options later on. It’s also a good idea to enable “Deflicker”. Once done click on the “Add To Conversion List” button and then select “Convert All”. This will now convert our timelapse sequence into a video file.

 

Step 6: Editing HDR Time-Lapse: Now we want to click on the label at the top of GoPro Studio called “Proceed To Step 2” When prompted create a new blank template. You will notice your new video file will be located on the left hand side. Drag the time-lapse video file to the time line. Once you have place your time-lapse video file on the time line it will automatically be cropped to a standard 16:9 aspect which is what we want for YouTube or Social Media. At this point you can edit your time-lapse further with the controls on the right hand side. These tools allow you to do more colour correction, sharpen the video, add movement and speed up or slow down your time-lapse. For this tutorial we are just going to leave things as is.

 

Step 7: Exporting HDR GoPro Timelapse: So now when your happy with your time-lapse it time to export your final video. Click on the “Export” button at the top of the page. Now you can choose your export preferences. You can export at 1080 HD or in 4K quality. Both work great for sharing on YouTube. Click on the export button and your new HDR GoPro time-lapse will be saved to your computer.

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GoPro Hero 6 Black Drive-Lapse Interval Comparison

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Last year I made a video comparing different intervals when creating a drive-lapse (Driving Timelapse) with the Hero 5 Black. I decided to make an updated video using the Hero 6 Black as it is summer time and there are going to be many hitting the roads and adventuring this summer. This is a good resource to see how different intervals effect the look of your finished drive-lapse. In the test video I used intervals of .5 second, 1 second, 2 second and 5 second. You will notice in the video that the .5 second and 1 second intervals are most appealing and pleasing to the eye. The 2 second and 5 second intervals can look a bit jumpy.

With that said, there is definitely some uses for the higher intervals. For example if you are going on a long road trip and want to time-lapse it, using a low interval will leave you with a very long video when your done. A 5 second interval will leave you with a much more dramatic video that is shorter and won’t bore you viewers.

Filmed on a GoPro Hero 6 Black: https://amzn.to/2KrQPZu

 

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Beginners Guide To LumaFusion | Mobile Video Editing On Your iPad

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Welcome to our beginners guide to LumaFusion. LumaFusion is a great mobile video editing app for those who want to edit GoPro, Drone and Smart Phone footage on their mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. Not only is LumaFusion a powerful feature rich video editor that can handle 3 tracks of 4K video, it is also great for new users as it has a simple clean interface that is easy to learn.

In this video we cover all the basics to get you up and running and publishing your very first video. Some of the subjects we cover include.

  • The user interface of LumaFusion
  • Opening existing projects and starting a brand new project.
  • Browsing and previewing media on your device.
  • Trimming and adding video to you timeline.
  • cutting, splitting and deleting media from your timeline.
  • Adding and adjusting transitions to your videos
  • editing the audio properties of your videos.
  • adding music to you project.
  • Creating and editing titles.
  • Color correcting videos in your timeline.
  • Exporting your video to your camera roll.

Stay tuned as we will be creating more LumaFusion tutorials soon covering advance editing techniques.

The equipment I use for mobile editing.

10.5 iPad Pro: https://amzn.to/2JyLSJt
Apple Pencil: https://amzn.to/2JvJUt3
Apple Card Reader: https://amzn.to/2I4McQD
Wireless Hard Drive: https://amzn.to/2KeDWy5
Rode VideoMic Me: https://amzn.to/2r3c9Zm

The Equipment I film with.

GoPro Hero 6 Black: https://amzn.to/2LchoOX
FeiyuTech G6: https://amzn.to/2IlCiJo
Mavic Air (DJI Website) https://goo.gl/t74LaQ
Mavic Air (Amazon) http://amzn.to/2EccQaM

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