Question

What is Protune and how does it work?

Where does it apply?

  • HERO4
  • HERO3+ Black
  • HERO3: Black Edition
  • HERO3: Silver Edition

Answer

Protune enables you to get much higher quality throughout your post-production workflow. Basically, the main purpose of the ProTune software update is to help you get more dynamic images from your camera than you are currently getting today. We really wanted to meet requests from members of our professional community. This is what we’re hearing from them:

“I need 24p because I’m shooting 24p with my other cameras and this means that i have to re-time my GoPro footage to get it to sync.”

“I want even greater image quality because i’m trying to match other cameras.”

“I’m shooting with Log-Curve cameras, like the ARRI Alexa, the RED Epic or the Canon 5D MkII with the Technicolor CineStyle picture style.”

Protune meets all of these.

Protune Key Benefits Include

  • High-Quality Image Capture: Protune's high data rate captures images with less compression, giving content creators higher quality for professional productions.
  • Neutral Color: Protune's neutral color profile offers more flexibility during post-production color correction. Protune's log curve captures more detail in shadows and highlights.
  • Film/TV Frame Rate Standard: Record video in cinema-quality 24fps and easily intercut GoPro content with other source media without the need to perform fps conversion.
  • Turning Protune ON affects several settings and features, such as Video Resolution, fps, FOV and Simultaneous Video and Photo.
  • Protune is compatible with professional color correction tools, editing programs and GoPro Studio.
  • Protune for Photos - Available in HERO4

Turning on Protune in your camera causes the videos you take to look less sharp, and you’ll also notice that the colors look more washed out.   This is different than what you’re probably used to, which is that crisp, bright look and feel to GoPro’s footage. We stripped this away to give our professional users more of a “blank slate” so they have more freedom in their post-production workflow.

Basically, the main purpose of the ProTune setting is to help you get more dynamic videos from your camera. We really wanted to meet requests from members of our professional community, many of whom edit footage from their GoPro cameras together with footage from other cameras.  The stripped down video makes it easier for them to do that.

What this means for the every-day user is that Protune footage requires more editing to get that traditional GoPro look.  That’s great if you want to spend more time editing your footage to put your own unique spin on it, but if you want to do simple editing and already like the GoPro look and feel that you’re used to, we'd recommend leaving Protune turned off.

To record Protune footage, you’ll need to turn Protune ON in your camera’s settings menu.

You may notice that Protune footage looks ‘washed out’ and less sharp than what you’re used to seeing from your camera. This is because a neutral color profile is applied to Protune footage. The Protune preset is automatically applied to the Protune footage in GoPro Studio, so that the colors look great and images are sharper.

 

Working with your Protune footage in GoPro Studio:

  1. Import Protune footage in Step 1: Import & Convert.
  2. Convert Protune footage in Step 1: Import & Convert.
  3. Go Step 2: Edit and see that converted clip has Protune preset automatically applied. You can adjust the split point slider in the right-hand controls to see what the footage looks like with the neutral color profile versus the Protune profile that is applied during the conversion.

You can clear the automatically applied Protune preset if you want to adjust it yourself. Do this in the PRESETS controls. To see all of the available PRESETS, you can expand the PRESETS section by dragging the light gray bar up.