Thanks to the wonderful camera performance and a rugged body, the footage shot by GoPro is almost always appealing to the viewer. However, you need to sometimes color correct your GoPro footage if you want truly cinematic and professional-looking shots. In this article, you’ll get full information regarding how to easily color correct your GoPro videos in just about a minute!

 

What is Color Correction?


Color correction is the process of balancing color in your footage. It includes adjustment of exposure, contrast and color levels to produce the most realistic representation of reality or, to make footages coming from different cameras look the same. On most professional editing apps, color correction is a fairly standard and readily accessible feature.

Here’s an example of a frame Before and After color correction:

before and after color correction

GoPro Protune: Flat vs GoPro Color


Before proceeding further, let’s first discuss what GoPro Protune means. Well, Protune is what GoPro calls its settings which control several aspects of its shots, like sharpness of the image, color, ISO etc. Although these settings are often misunderstood or ignored by many new GoPro users, they are extremely important to achieve high quality videos.

In this article you can learn more about Protune: GoPro Protune: Advanced Settings Explained + Best Settings For Photo & Video

In the newer GoPro models, there’s a choice between two color modes in the Protune color mode settings: GoPro Color and Flat. You should note that you’ll only see these settings if you turn Protune on. The GoPro color mode is the default setting, and you can manually change it to Flat if you wish to color grade or apply custom color LUT filters on your Videos.

Now, the question arises as to what’s the difference between the two. Here’s the answer. GoPro color mode adds a specific color style directly in-camera. It gives you an image that is visibly more vibrant and with a higher contrast. Flat color mode, on the other hand, gives a raw image without any editing. It results in a relatively faded image with colors looking washed-out.

 

Here are two examples of similar shots captured by GoPro in Flat and GoPro color mode.

Protune: GoPro Color (Left) VS Flat (Right)

 

As you can see, the most obvious difference is in the contrast. The images captured with GoPro color mode undoubtedly look much more appealing.

GoPro Color: For quick, vibrant results

GoPro Color mode is ideal for you if you don’t wish to devote much time for post processing, but still want visually appealing shots. It gives you really nice end results without the need to do a lot of editing or color grading.

The key difference between GoPro and Flat color modes is in the contrast. The footage with GoPro Color mode is anytime spunkier and more cinematic without editing. This mode ensures dynamic captures with a lively edge!

However, if you select GoPro color then you won’t be able to apply custom color presets on your videos, like our GoPro Cinematic LUTs Pack.

Flat Color: For more Freedom

Now that it’s clear that GoPro color mode has an edge over Flat, the question arises:

  • “Why would you opt for the Flat mode when the end result with GoPro color mode clearly looks better?”

The section below has all your answers…

Whether you’re shooting still images or videos, Flat color mode lets you capture more detail in your shots, as it is a raw image with full editing potential. The word ‘raw’ has been used because the camera doesn’t apply any color filter on your photo or video in this setting, thus providing you a neutral looking shot. You’ll love how (in post-production) all shadows and highlights are fully captured in the resulting shots, thus giving you more freedom to unleash your creativity.

Ultimately, the flat mode is for anybody who wants to color grade or apply any custom color presets.

 

Can You Color Correct or Apply LUT Presets on GoPro Color footage?


It’s definitely better to color correct Raw GoPro footage rather than the footage that’s been altered or edited in post production. This is because in the raw footage, the color levels are neutral. However, in many cases you can still do some light color correction on footage shot with “GoPro Color” and get good results.

Same with custom LUT filters… for better results it’s advisable to use them on footage shot with “GoPro Flat”.

 

Apps for Color Correction


Basic video color correction can be done with most video editors on mobile and computer. Here are some of the popular apps with this feature:

  1. Adobe Premiere Pro
  2. Final Cut Pro X
  3. Adobe Premiere Rush
  4. Filmora Wondershare
  5. GoPro Studio
  6. iMovie
  7. DaVinci Resolve

How to Color Correct GoPro Videos Using GoPro Studio


Color Correction in GoPro Studio is simple and intuitive. You need to just follow the steps below:

Step 1:  Import your footage from your GoPro camera to your computer and create a new project within GoPro Studio.

gopro studio color correction

 

Step 2: Color Correction – Select the clip you’d like to color correct. On the right hand side of your window the color correction can be done just by hitting on the arrow beside the White Balance button and the Image button. Now you can see the options which needed to be changed in order to correct the colors of the clip. You will be able to view all the options like temperature, exposure, sharpness, contrast, tint and saturation. You can also choose to apply different preset overlays to give the footage your own desired mood and feel.

 

What are LUT Presets?


LUT stands for Look Up Table. It’s used to color grade and transform the images captured by your camera into a desired color value output (as set by the LUT). In simple words, LUTs are the presets that let you easily apply professional color grading yourself. They give your desired look to your video instantly, so you can apply professional level color tones.

At Project GoPro, we have made our own GoPro color grading filters packs, specifically designed for GoPro footage style.

>> Click here to have a look at the GoPro Cinematic LUTs.

There’s something for everyone in this wide range (over 100) of color presets to cover most GoPro activities.

Here are some of them:

  • CINEMA – Cine Automobile, Cine Cycling, Cine Drone, Cine Hiking, Cine Motorcycle, Cine Ski, Cine Sport, Cine Sunset, Cine Surf, Cine Travel, Cine Underwater, Cine Vlog
  • ORANGE & TEAL – Orange Teal Colorful, Orange Teal Fantasy, Orange Teal Light, Orange Teal, Retro, Orange Teal Vivid
  • WARM – Adventure, Desaturated, Landscape, Lover, Nature, Pastel Vibes, Pool Party, Retro, Sepia Tone, Sparta, Tropical, Vintage
  • COLD – Aqua, Blue Lake, Cold Fade, Dreamy, Blue, Dreamy Green, Faded Ice, Green Nature, Light Punch.

 

So, what are you waiting for?

Check out the Cinematic GoPro LUTs for and discover over 106 Color Grading LUT Filters that will make your videos look more cinematic with just a click!