GoPro Protune allows you to use your GoPro Hero 8 to its full creative potential. Protune gives you manual control of several advanced camera settings, which include Color, White Balance, ISO value, Shutter Speed and so on. In this article you are going to learn about the best GoPro Hero 8 Protune settings that will help you film cinematic GoPro videos.

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GoPro Hero 8 Protune: Specs


Here are some Protune specs which you can tweak in order to get a desirable shot with your GoPro Hero 8:

Bitrate

Bitrate determines the amount of data used to record each of video recorded through the GoPro Hero 8. In this Protune setting you can choose between alta oppure low. Low bitrate means lesser data is used to capture videos, thereby minimizing the file size.

GoPro Hero 8 has ‘Low’ bitrate as its default setting. You can change it to ‘High’ in order to get bitrates up to 100Mbps (4K and 2.7K video) for optimal image quality.

Colore

GoPro Hero 8 Protune has two Colore profiles: GoPro Color & Appartamento. The default setting in GoPro Hero 8 is GoPro Color. This setting captures photos and videos with the classic GoPro color-corrected profile.

However, if you want a neutral color profile which can be color-corrected later on in post-production, select the ‘Flat’ color profile. Appartamento captures more details in shadows and highlights.

gopro color vs gopro flat

Bilanciamento del bianco

Bilanciamento del bianco allows you to adjust the color temperature of videos and photos captured with the GoPro Hero 8. You can optimize the white balance according to cool or warm lighting conditions. There are several options in this setting, which include: Auto (default setting), 2300K, 2800K, 3200K, 4000K, 4500K, 5000K, 5500K, 6000K, 6500K, and Native.

Keep in mind: Lower values give you warmer tones of the resultant image. If you plan to make adjustments in post-production, choose the Native setting to create a minimally color-corrected profile. The default Auto setting lets your GoPro automatically set the White Balance according to the prevailing situation.

ISO Minimum/Maximum

ISO Minimum/Maximum Protune setting lets you set a range for the GoPro Hero 8 camera’s sensitivity to light and image noise (which means the degree of graininess in the shot).

If you’re shooting in low light, higher ISO values will result in brighter images, albeit with more image noise. On the other hand, lower ISO values in low-light result in darker images with less image noise. The default for ISO Maximum in GoPro Hero 8 is 1600 for video and 3200 for photos, and the default for ISO Minimum is 100.

GoPro Protune ISO Settings

Persiana

The Protune Persiana setting only applies to the Video, Photo, and LiveBurst modes in the GoPro Hero 8. With this setting, you can set the duration of how long the shutter stays open to take the shot. The default setting in Hero 8 is Auto.

Per Foto, the options are Auto, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, and 1/2000 second. For Video, the options depend on the fps setting.

Nitidezza

The Protune setting: Nitidezza controls the quality of details captured by the Hero 8 in your video footage or photos. You get three options for this setting: Alto (default), Medioe Basso.

If you plan to increase sharpness during post-production, I recommend that you select Basso for this setting.

Protune Audio Settings

The Protune Audio settings include Raw Audio setting and Wind-Noise Reduction setting. The Raw Audio setting creates a separate .wav audio file for your video in addition to the standard .mp4 audio track. You can keep its level at Basso, Med oppure Alto. This setting is turned off by default. So, you need to manually turn it on to use it.

The Wind-Noise Reduction Setting should be turned successo when you to filter out excessive wind noise or when
your GoPro is mounted on a moving vehicle. It is set at Auto by default, which means that the camera automatically filters out excessive wind/water noise. Turn in OFF in the situations where wind does not affect sound quality, and when you want to ensure that your GoPro is recording in stereo.

Cheat Sheet: Suggested GoPro Hero 8 Protune Settings


Here are some of the best modes and settings for capturing your favourite activities. Try them as starting points for your presets, and then experiment to find what works best for you.

#1. Shots from the Air

When you plan to use your GoPro in the air, for example, from a drone or an aircraft, don’t forget to use the following Protune settings for best results.

GoPro from Aircraft

Impostazioni video

  • 1080p120, Wide Lens
  • 4K60, Wide Lens
  • 15x TimeWarp 2.0 Video

Impostazioni delle foto

  • Time Lapse Photo (1-second interval) 1080p120, Wide Lens
  • Burst (30/3 Rate), Wide Lens

#2. Bike Shots

Following are the recommended settings when you plan to shoot your biking adventures with the GoPro Hero 8 mounted to your bike.

Hero 8 Bike

Impostazioni video

  • 1440p60, Wide Lens
  • 2.7K60 4:3, Wide Lens
  • 15x TimeWarp 2.0 Video

Impostazioni delle foto

  • Time Lapse Photo (5-second interval), Wide Lens

#3. Indoor Shots

Given below are the best settings when using your GoPro Hero 8 indoors.

Hero 8 indoors

Impostazioni video

  • 1440p30, Wide Lens
  • 1080p30, Wide Lens

Impostazioni delle foto

  • Photo or Continuous Photo, Wide Lens

#4. Shots from a Car/Windshield

I recommend that you use the following settings when shooting with your Hero 8 mounted to your car.

gopro-windshield-car-mount

Impostazioni video

  • 1440p60, Wide Lens
  • 2.7K60 4:3, Wide Lens
  • 15x TimeWarp 2.0 Video

Impostazioni delle foto

  • Time Lapse Photo (5-second interval), Wide Lens

#5. POV Shots

POV Shots means those shots which are taken from your point of view using a body mount or handheld mount. Here are the best settings for capturing some amazing POV shots.

Hero 8 POV Shot

Impostazioni video

  • 1440p60, Wide Lens
  • 1440p120, Wide Lens
  • 15x TimeWarp 2.0 Video

Impostazioni delle foto

  • Time Lapse Photo (2-second interval), Wide Lens
  • Burst (30/3 Rate), Wide Lens

#6. Selfie Shots

A widely popular form of shots taken today, selfie shots refers to those shots where you’re capturing yourself. Following are the best GoPro Hero 8 Protune settings for capturing some great selfie shots.

GoPro Selfie Shot

Impostazioni video

  • 1440p60, Narrow Lens
  • 4K60 4:3, Narrow Lens

Impostazioni delle foto

  • Photo, Narrow Lens, SuperPhoto, Photo Timer

#7. Snow Shots

Whether you’re skiing/snowboarding, or just spending your leisure time in snow-laden peaks, GoPro Hero 8 is your perfect photo/videography companion. Use the following Protune Settings when capturing snow shots.

GoPro Snow Shots

Impostazioni video

  • 1080p120, Wide Lens
  • 4K60, Wide Lens
  • 15x TimeWarp 2.0 Video

Impostazioni delle foto

  • Time Lapse Photo (1-second interval), Wide Lens
  • Burst (30/3 Rate), Wide Lens

#8. Underwater Shots

One of the most popular features of GoPro cameras is their ability to capture flawless underwater shots. Here are the suggested Protune Settings for GoPro Hero 8 camera for underwater use.

GoPro underwater

Impostazioni video

  • 1080p240, Wide Lens
  • 1440p60, Wide Lens
  • 4K60, Wide Lens

Impostazioni delle foto

  • Time Lapse Photo (2- or 5-second interval), Wide Lens
  • Burst (30/6 Rate), Wide Lens

Parole finali


Use the above-mentioned Protune settings in appropriate scenarios to significantly enhance the footage you capture with your GoPro Hero 8 camera.

I highly suggest you to download the GoPro Settings Cheat Sheet. With that you will also  join our growing community of GoPro filmmakers who receive weekly tips and updates about action camera video making.

 

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