Those GoPro videos we see on YouTube or somewhere else always look super clear. However, you may find that you can't get a video as good as those, even if you have the top-end GoPro camera - GoPro HERO 7 Black and the new comer GoPro Hero 8. Your GoPro videos could be blurry.
First time recording with my GoPro HERO 7, I was quite disappointed. I took it down a local trail and the video just didn't seem the way I expected it to be. At some parts you can see how blurry and weird the camera behaves.
When I upload my footage to Instagram, it always loses its clarity, no matter what combination of settings I decide to export my GoPro footage with.
Why are your GoPro video shots blurry? Why do high-quality GoPro footages go blurry after being uploaded to Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and the like? Next, we'll explain why blurriness happens and how to get rid of it.
VideoProc is a versatile program that can convert, resize, and edit videos without quality loss. Besides the editing features mentioned above, it can also denoise, merge, split, rotate, flip, remove fisheye, add subtle, increase or decrease playback speed, etc.
Your GoPro footage is blurry, not because it gets compressed during transferring, converting, editing, uploading or something else. It was recorded that way.
Why is your GoPro video blurry?
1. The camera lens isn't clean.
2. Your GoPro camera's firmware is out of date.
3. GoPro video is shot at night or in low light conditions.
4. Your camera moves too fast while recording. Or, what you shoot are fast moving objects.
5. There is something wrong with your camera settings.
What can we do to fix natively blurry GoPro video?
1. Check your camera lens before recording, and make sure it is smudge-free. If there is, you should use a soft cloth to clean it in a circular motion. You can use a cloth which you use to clean your phone or computer screen.
2. Update your GoPro HERO camera to the latest software to get optimal performance. Go to GoPro update page, choose your product, and follow the ways it provides to conduct updating.
3. GoPro isn't a good low light camera. If you want to get better video quality, shoot it in a bright day. If you have to record video in low light conditions, make sure you use the best GoPro settings for low light.
1). Turn off HyperSmooth on your GoPro HERO 7 while shooting in low light conditions. HyperSmooth doesn't work very well in low light. With HyperSmooth on, you could find that the footage is blurry and shaky. This is one of HyperSmooth's limitations. Maybe this issue will be addressed in future firmware update.
2). Try locking your GoPro's shutter speed at 1/120, 1/240 or higher. To reduce blur, you should set your shutter speed to at least twice the FPS value. For example, if you want to shoot a 120fps slow motion video, your shutter speed should be at least 1/240. The faster the shutter speed, the crisper the image, and the less blur you will see. Please be noted that too fast shutter speed will make your footage too dark, so choose a shutter speed carefully.
3). Try using a higher ISO, for example 800, to allow the camera to maintain a faster shutter. But don't set the ISO too high, because it can cause noise/grain in the image.
4). In addition to setting shutter and/or ISO, drop sharp (or sharpness) to Low or Medium.
5). Try 2), 3), and 4) with WB manually set (start at 5500K and adjust from there as needed) and Color Flat.
Make blurry GoPro video clear through post-editing
It is easy to do this job. You just need to use the Sharpen effect in VideoProc to sharpen video by increasing the contrast of adjacent pixels. Now, let me show you how to perform this.
Your GoPro video is born a good one, but its quality drops and looks blurry on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or other platforms.
Why does clear GoPro video become blurry after uploading online?
1. Your GoPro video footage suffers lossy compression when uploading to the internet. The platform, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, whatever, you upload videos to will compress your videos for the purpose of saving space on their servers and making streaming faster.
2. It may be a problem of bandwidth on playback from YouTube. High-resolution videos often lose some quality as they are loading in from YouTube to the player. It may need more time to transfer all of the data of the video from YouTube's servers to your player.
3. And those sites such as YouTube and Facebook often need more time maybe a few hours and even longer to process large GoPro videos you upload, especially for 4K files. So it may be blurry for some time.
4. You didn't use proper settings for uploading. For example, you may forget to turn on Upload HD while posting your GoPro videos to Facebook.
5. You didn't choose a high-quality viewing option. In order to speed up streaming, the video platforms, YouTube for instance, will automatically present videos at a lower quality. So, you need to manually change it to the highest quality option.
What can we do to post clear GoPro videos onto the internet?
1. Use YouTube recommended upload encoding settings to get the best results. If your GoPro footage doesn't conform to those standards, you can use VideoProc to convert and process it. This tool won't lead to quality loss while transcoding and editing videos. It allows you to change encoding format, frame rate, bit rate, and aspect ratio to fit for YouTube, improve GoPro video quality through stabilizing shaky parts, reducing background noise, and correcting distorted fisheye effect, and do some edits like cutting, cropping, merging, splitting and adding filter.
2. Give YouTube more time to process your high-resolution and large GoPro video. Check back after an hour or a day and see if it is still blurry.
3. Check your playback setting, and manually set it to the highest quality option.
4. Shoot your video at the highest possible resolution as you can. If not, upscale it to 4K through post-processing. This is because YouTube will apply a different codec compression to videos that appear to be 4K and they will play much clearer. By the way, VideoProc can also help upscale video to 4K.
5. Increase bandwidth, which will make YouTube transcodes higher quality videos.
1. If you upload GoPro video footage to Facebook via Quik for mobile, make sure to toggle on 'Save videos in 1080p HD'. Additionally, you also need to switch on 'Upload HD' in your Facebook app.
2. Uploading videos from a desktop computer gives better quality than uploading from a mobile device. Therefore, transfer your GoPro video to computer and post it to Facebook from your desktop.
3. Go to the video settings of Facebook, and set the video default quality to 'HD if available'.
4. Don't assess the quality right after uploading, because Facebook also need some time to process HD video.
5. Upload your GoPro footage to YouTube and then share the link to Facebook, because YouTube doesn't compress videos as much as Facebook.
1. Try to record GoPro videos in 4K. If you didn't, upscale it with VideoProc which we recommended above.
2. Reduce the contrast and lift the shadows.
As you can see, video quality depends on a lot of factors. To get clear video, you need to read up on your camera, your video processing software, the video-sharing platforms, and more. Hope the tips and tricks above can help you fix blurry GoPro videos.
Farrah Penn has been a copywriter at Digiarty since 2014. Because of the occupational requirement and personal interest, Farrah has carried on broad and profound study and researches to multimedia related stuff, popular electronic devices and multimedia programs in the market. She has been writing extensively on video processing, software reviews, and various solutions to make digital life easier.
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