If you’re wondering how to create slow motion with the GoPro Hero 7 Black, you’ve come to the right place!

I will reveal some tips and tricks today on how to make slow motion footage appear more cinematic.

In this article, you’ll learn about the optimal settings to use on your GoPro Hero 7 Black for capturing high-quality slow motion footage.

 

Best GoPro Hero 7 Settings for Slow Motion Shots


If you don’t have much time, watch my slow motion guide for beginners:

GoPro Slow Motion: Beginners Guide 2022 [ALL GOPRO]

Here are the optimal settings for capturing high-quality Slow Motion shots with the GoPro Hero 7:

Frame Rate

The key factor in recording slow motion videos is the frame rate. A higher frame rate allows for more dramatic slowing down of the video.

Understanding frame rates is crucial. The film industry typically uses 30fps for cinematic shots, as it closely resembles the fluid motion perceived by the human eye, similar to 24fps.

With the Hero 7 Black, shooting at 60fps lets you slow down the footage by 2x (to 30fps) while maintaining a visually appealing result. Recording at 120fps can be slowed by up to 4x. For extremely slow motion, capturing at 240fps allows for an 8x reduction in speed.

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Resolution

The resolution is vital for the visual appeal of slow motion shots. Aim for at least 1080p HD resolution for quality footage.

The GoPro Hero 7 Black can shoot 4K videos at a maximum of 60fps. However, shooting at 2.7K or 1440p resolutions can yield good results at 120fps.

Below are the frame rates available on the GoPro Hero 7 Black at various resolutions:

4K: 60, 30, 24 fps 2.7K: 120, 60, 30, 24 fps 1440p: 120, 60, 30, 24 fps 1080p: 240, 120, 60, 30, 24 fps Lighting One issue with high frame rates is that they allow less light into the camera sensor due to shorter shutter openings. This can result in darker, grainier footage.

Light

Be cautious with high frame rates in low-light conditions. Overdoing it can compromise the quality of your footage, as slow motion and poor lighting are not a good combination.

 

Optimal Slow Motion Settings for Various Activities


Here are my suggested settings for capturing different activities using the GoPro Hero 7 Black:

  • For high-speed activities such as surfing, rafting, or skiing under bright sunlight, opt for 1080p at 240 fps. This setting ensures the highest quality slow motion capture of your dynamic movements.
  • When filming activities like biking, motorcycling, or driving, 1080p at 120 fps is ideal for producing excellent slow motion footage.
  • In scenarios with low lighting, while still aiming for high-quality slow motion, choose 4K at 60fps. This helps minimize graininess or noise in your footage.

GoPro Hero 10 Slow Motion Footage

 

Editing Guide: Creating Slow Motion Videos


We’ve covered shooting slow motion footage; now let’s delve into editing these clips to your desired speed.

Editing high frame rate GoPro videos is straightforward. In most video editing software, you simply adjust the playback speed of the clip to your liking.

The GoPro Quik App is a handy tool for this purpose.

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When you reduce the speed of a clip, it extends the duration, meaning it plays back more slowly, creating the slow motion effect.

Once you’ve set the footage to your preferred speed, save it, and you’re all set.

Creating slow motion videos with the GoPro Quik app is an easy process.

Follow these steps:

  1. Open the GoPro Quik app on your mobile device.
  2. Choose the video clip you wish to transform into a slow-motion video.
  3. Tap the pencil icon to start editing the video clip.
  4. Scroll to find the “Speed” option.
  5. Use the slider to adjust the video’s speed. Slide left to reduce the speed and achieve a slow-motion effect.
  6. Preview the video and tweak the speed as necessary.
  7. Hit “Save” once you’re happy with the edit.

The GoPro Quik app also provides additional editing features like trimming, applying filters, and adding music. After editing, you can save your video on your device or share it directly on social media platforms.

 

Tips for Capturing Slow-Motion Footage


Shooting is the aspect I enjoy the most.

Adhering to these straightforward principles has significantly enhanced the quality of my slow-motion videos.

Here are some tips for you:

Pre-Plan Your Shots

Whenever possible, plan your shots in advance. I often visualize the scene in my mind first. Depending on the shot’s complexity, I might jot down notes or draft a storyboard. Pre-planning scenes saves shooting and editing time.

This approach is beneficial for all types of shots, not just slow motion.

Ensure Camera Stability

For smooth slow-motion footage, stability is key. Utilize the GoPro’s built-in digital stabilization when possible.

In low light, avoid digital stabilization and opt for a gimbal or other stabilizing equipment (even a simple GoPro stick works). Adopting fluid body movements while filming helps stabilize the footage. Hold the camera with both hands and keep your knees bent for better balance.

Be Wary of Slow Motion in Low Light

Capturing slow-motion videos in low light often leads to grainy footage. This is due to the higher shutter speed required by the camera. Increasing the FPS results in a faster shutter speed, which darkens the image. The GoPro compensates for low light by upping the ISO, which can introduce video noise.

Pro Tip

Aim for a shutter speed that’s double your frame rate. For instance, at 240fps, set your shutter speed around 1/480 second. This ensures crisp, noise-free footage in good lighting conditions.

 

Thanks for reading!

I hope this guide helped you learn all about how to create some amazing Slow-Mo videos using your GoPro Hero 7 action camera. ­čÖé

 

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