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What Is Better? Video Mode or Photo Mode for Drive-Lapses

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A fun thing to do with your GoPro Hero 5 is to create driving time lapses also referred to as a Drive-Lapse. This can be a great idea if you are heading on a road trip and want to use the driving footage in your edited videos.

What is Better – Video Mode or Photo Mode for Drive-Lapses?

Just like a traditional time-lapse you have the option of recording you drive lapse using video time-lapse mode or photo time-lapse mode. This has to be one of the questions I get asked the most. What is better? photo mode or video mode when creating GoPro time-lapses or “dive-lapses” and what is the difference.

What Is The Difference Between Video and Photo Time-Lapses?

GoPro Video Time Lapse Mode: This mode is quick and easy, just put your camera in time-lapse mode and hit the record button. When your done driving stop recording and your drive-lapses is now ready and waiting for you on your GoPro’s memory card. You can do some mild editing if you choose or you can post and share it on social media right away all while on the go. So that is a huge pro for capturing a time lapse in video mode. Quick, easy and ready to share. A negative of time lapses created in video mode is the limitations in editing.

GoPro Photo Time Lapse Mode: Now when you are capturing a time lapse in photo mode on your GoPro it records a series of still images. These photos need to be edited and compiled in a video editor. This can be time-consuming and for the most part, it will require a desktop computer or laptop to do so. So GoPro photo mode time-lapses are definitely not an instant gratification type of time lapse. Now with that said photo mode time lapses have many more possibilities during the editing process. You are able to edit the image sequence in LightRoom to create some absolutely stunning results one could almost use the word epic. In addition, another feature you are able to do with GoPro time-lapse photo mode is the ability to add image blending to the sequence that can create a really nice blurred effect. I always find the quality of the final output to be better when captured in photo mode.

How To Choose What Mode To Use?

The best advice I can give in whether to capture your drive-lapse in video or photo mode is basically this. If you just want a quick drive lapse that you can share instantly or just some quick b-roll footage for a video montage you are creating then your best to film in time-lapse video mode. However, if you want to create a stunning nicely edited drive lapse video with vivid crisp colors that will be the prominent feature of a video then definitely choose photo time-lapse mode. You will be more pleased with the final results.

You can watch the video posted at the top of the page I have included some sample footage of both modes. Hope this helps!

A sample of GoPro drive-lapse captured in photo mode with edits applied.

 

A sample of GoPro drive-lapse captured in video mode.

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How To Color Grade Your GoPro Footage In LumaFusion

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In this video tutorial, I show you how to easily color grade your GoPro footage both manually and with using GoPro Luts. When filming with a GoPro it does a really good job capturing stunning photos and video. The contrast and vibrancy of the content is good and ready to share. There are sometimes however you want to take your footage to the next level and do your own color grading.

If you decide to do your own color grading it is important to shoot in a flat color profile. GoPro offers two color profiles “GoPro Color” and “GoPro Flat. The flat profile basically has low contrast and low saturation thus allowing you to set your own levels in the grading room. You enable the flat color profile by enabling ProTune and selecting flat as the color option.

With today’s powerful software and tools such as LumaFusion and the iPad Pro series, it is now possible to do professional level editing on your mobile devices, this includes the use of Luts.  Watch our video tutorial showing you just how easy it is to color grade your GoPro footage in LumaFusion on your iPad Pro. I go step by step to get you up and editing in no time. I show you two different methods of color grading and color correcting, both manually and how to import an use GoPro specific Luts by PolarPro.

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
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Here is a screenshot sample of a video captured in GoPro Flat color profile and then after a GoPro Lut has been applied.

A 4K video sample of GoPro footage shot using the GoPro Flat color profile ProTune.

 

Now here is a sample of a 4K video after a GoPro Lut was applied to the footage in LumaFusion.

 

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How To Import Fonts Into LumaFusion on iOS

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In this quick tutorial, I show you how to easily import new fonts into LumaFusion on your iOS devices. LumaFusion has a nice variety of fonts to choose from when editing and creating titles but there are those times when you need a very specific font. Perhaps you are editing a video for a client and they want a font that matches their Logo or corporate font. This easy to follow tutorial demonstrates a few methods of getting new fonts into LumaFusion in seconds for free.

The first method shows you how to use free apps from the Apple App Store to browse different fonts and then import them directly into LumaFusion. The second method shows you how to browse for fonts via the Safari Web Browser and your favorite font website. This sometimes is the best way as there tends to be more variety. Lastly, I show you how to import a font that has been sent to you as a file from a client or a colleague. Watch our tutorial video for step by step instructions.

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
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