How To Shoot Cinematographic GoPro Footage


GoPro is renowned for their compact design, easy to use and capturing those action sports footages that you were unable to shoot before. The specialty that makes GoPro an overnight success is its simplistic design and easy to access. GoPro has enables us to capture all those difficult to reach footages where high-end cameras could not reach before.

Forget about capturing professional level cinematography, you are not able to capture stable and noise free footages, while many professional photographers have started using GoPro to shoot professional videos and they are capturing stunning video footages that go instantly viral on social media. So what are they doing differently than you? They have been using stabilizers that make their videos look smooth, at Techybible – best GoPro gimbals are discussed in depth so have a look at that article.

Cinematic footages quality is a standard quality of video footage that indicates the high quality of work done behind the scene; today GoPro has become an active partner of most of the professional directors to capture some extraordinary shots. But what things they do differently to make their captured video look highly professional? We will be discussing everything in the coming part of this article.

Let’s discuss some Pro tips and tricks to shoot cinematographic GoPro footages.

tricks to shoot cinematographic GoPro footages


The most primary difference between the amateur photographer and a professional photographer is their storytelling skills, while most of the amateurs concentrate on shooting some event; professionals make the ordinary look compelling.

You will get the exact idea if you ever closely followed a travel blogger; those bloggers make the simple things around them look exciting and beautiful. So the primary tip is to concentrate on finding a story line-up for your video and start shooting accordingly.

Use those inbuilt camera settings

Once you try to implement storytelling in your video, that’s the point you actually concentrate on playing with the different settings options, most of the newbie photographer put their GoPro on the same setting and they randomly shoot still photos and videos.

GoPro has its limitations, like it can’t zoom-in and focus on a particular object but still, it provides some setting options to capture some blistering footages. Here are some of the common setting options you should definitely be playing with.

tips to shoot cinematographic GoPro footages

Frame per second: GoPro’s have been supporting different rate of frames per second, they support from 60 fps to 240 fps and it’s not their fault if you still can’t produce some extraordinary slow-motion footages. Slow motion footages don’t just have the capability to produce high-quality video but it also gives you the capability to get into the detailing of your video footage.

Pro tune: it allows your footage to be completely flat, that means your GoPro doesn’t optimize the video footage on its own. Some people also call it a RAW mode that helps the Pro Videographers to get more control in the post-production through professional video editing software, if you are also willing to learn the tuning technique then you can refer thousands of video editing tutorials available on YouTube.

Use High resolution: since you already talked about the slow motion, that doesn’t mean you need to shoot every video on the maximum frames per second. Higher frames per second make you record the video at lower pixel density, which means if you are recording the video at 120fps then you will be able to record the video at 1020px.

The benefit of recording video at 4K is, it gives you the flexibility to crop the unwanted area from video and still get high-resolution clear video footage.

Don’t use super view: Most of the GoPro has a default setting to capture the footage at the super view; this mode helps in capturing wide-angle video footages. Capturing vide angle can be good option to record for your travel diary but if you are looking to have professional quality cinematic effects in your video then you should definitely opt to record without “super view” option, it will help you record distortion-free video footages.


One of the biggest difference between the Pro photographer and the amateur is the smoothness in the video, while the pro photographer concentrate on recording noise-free video footages most of the amateur GoPro users doesn’t even care about the importance of steady hands while capturing GoPro video. For this purpose GoPro stabilizers were introduced to keep the camera still even if you are not able to keep it still.


While the amateur relies on the inbuilt microphone to record the Audio, Professional always takes help of professional microphones to record high-quality sound.