Latest GoPro Stabilization

3 replies, 2 voices Last updated by  Henry Trikelife 1 month, 1 week ago
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  • #956

    Henry Trikelife
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    @henry.trikelife

    Recently I upgraded my Gopro 3+ Black cameras to GoPro 6 Black. One of the major reason of upgrading was its stabilization function. I have been trying to improve my footage by minimizing vibrations. I worked with Larry Mednick of Evolution Aircraft for the last few years. We used different engine mount rubbers, e-prop’s Excalibur 4 and 6 blades prop and other improvements. I also made camera mounts with special rubber absorber. But some of high frequency vibrations are very stubborn. In the meantime, GoPro introduced stabilization function on GoPro 5 few years ago, but its effect was limited. GoPro added “Advanced stabilization” on GoPro 6 Black with its latest firmware update. The following sample is the comparison between GoPro 6 Black with stabilization on and off. As you see, the stabilization on GoPro 6 works very efficiently It stabilizes not only large movements caused by turbulence, but also stabilizes small high frequency vibration created by the engine or the prop. So, It is very easy on your eyes when you watch it. As far as I know, GoPro 6 and 7 Black are the only action cameras that can eliminates high frequency vibration. I used GoPro 6 Black with the latest 2.01 firmware update. GoPro 7 Black has now “Hypersmooth Stabilization”. I also tested it with the latest firmware 1.51. I noticed some wired movements when my trike turns in turbulent air. GoPro 6 Black Advanced Stabilization handled the same situation quite well. I hope GoPro will come up a solution with future firmware update. My conclusion is that it is worth to upgrade your old camera to GoPro 6 Black if you are looking for smooth vibration-free footage.

  • #959

    Henry Trikelife
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    @henry.trikelife

    I forgot mention one thing. It is about post-production editing. I use Final Cut Pro on my Mac. It has stabilization function. I use it sometime to stabilize large movements caused by turbulence or thermals Unfortunately, it has no effect on high frequency vibrations. GoPro has better stabilization than Final Cut Pro even on large movements.

  • #969

    Spencer Forman
    Keymaster
    @spence

    Henry, I’m glad you shared about your updates. I currently am running Hero 4s from GoPro, but had a few new toys on my shopping list, including a (fun) decision between the internal stabilization of the GoPro 7 vs. a gimbal mount with gyro stabilization.

    These are now around $100 and while bulkier, can really come in handy for places that the mount can be accommodated. Have you tried any Gimbals yet?

    https://www.amazon.com/slp/3-axis-gimbal-for-gopro/7zynagm43jsd9kv

    Also, though it’s tough to beat FCP (I previously used that or ScreenFlow), I would love your hands-on review of the new HitFilm Express that I’m going to be using here for everyone. The fact that it’s free, cross platform, and has so much incredibly powerful but simple tools …that I can then export and SHARE with anyone…makes me believe it will be a winner for the new VideoSpence project on YouTube. I’d love your thoughts 😉

  • #977

    Henry Trikelife
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    @henry.trikelife

    I tried GoPro Gimbal before. It works great for big movement but it not for engine or prop vibration. Gimbals uses electric motors to compensate the camera movements. It is not quick enough for small high frequency vibrations. I haven’t tried any online editting software before. I will try it and get back to you soon.

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