NAB 2012: GoPro going cinestyle – HERO2 35Mbit & Technicolor

April 19th, 2012

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GoPro wants to join the film business too. The Technicolor-Certified “ProTune Mode” adds 24p and 35Mbps data rate to HERO2 cameras.

Key Features:
24fps frame rate, enabling GoPro HERO2 content to be easily intercut with other sources without a frame rate conversion;
35Mbps data rate for the industry’s highest quality compressed image with virtually zero artifacts;
Neutral color profile, allowing for greater flexibility in a color correction workflow;
Log curve encoding, offering more detail in shadows and highlights;
Reduced sharpening and noise reduction for improved flexibility in professional post- production and color design workflows.

David was really cool and provided the source files you’re seeing in the video above for our users. You can download a grab from the 5D mark III footage here, in comparison to the same frame from the GoPro ProTune footage here.

As David mentioned they are not identical in contrast, but very similar in terms of color reproduction.

GoPro also offers a software that helps organize and match footage:
Using Protune with GoPro CineForm Studio Premium and GoPro CineForm Studio Professional provides additional benefits, offering extensive color correction controls and customizable presets to create professional, cinematic looks from the GoPro HERO2 captured content. Non-destructive 3D LUTs provide even more flexibility, enabling users to further tweak their images, manipulate saturation and contrast and color correction controls to create highly stylized content.

GoPro Protune mode is available as a free firmware upgrade through the GoPro CineForm Studio software, which is also available as a free download here.

GoPro also announced that they’ll soon be releasing a WiFi kit for their HERO2 cameras allowing you to remotely view what your HERO2 sees. This is especially useful for helicopter or other remote work.

Did you know the GoPro can even do 120fps at 480p and 60fps at 720p too.

The GoPro HERO2 can be ordered for $299 here:

Also the HERO1 has received a price drop and is now in limited supply at $170 here.

GoPro website.

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