GoPro Hero2 Footage Now Ready for 24p Pipelines
Protune, a Free Firmware Update to GoPro's CineForm Studio Software Available Today, Brings Support for 24p and 35 Mbps Data Rates
Despite the mounting popularity of the go-anywhere GoPro Hero2 cameras for gathering b-roll and action footage on a variety of top-level projects, the lack of 24p and 35 Mbps support was still a serious obstacle for those in television and film production unwilling to convert GoPro-acquired footage, risking further image degradation, prior to post. GoPro first announced it had scaled that hurdle this April at NAB when it unveiled the upcoming "Protune mode" as part of the company's CineForm software suites that first brought the camera newcomer into the big leagues. The upgrade, which is free to exisiting customers, is available today via download as part of the latest version of CineForm Studio, the free version of the edit-prepping software.
In addition to adding support for 24fps frame rates and virtually artifact-free 35 Mbps data rates, the Protune upgrade should also expand options for colorists during preliminary grading sessions. The software now includes a neutral color profile, log curve encoding, for better control off your shadows and highlights, and reduced sharpening and noise reduction. A number of looks presets are also included in CineForm Studio as part of the upgrade.
For those needing even more grading options prior to a longer-form edit, GoPro continues to offer GoPro CineForm Studio Premium and GoPro CineForm Studio Professional, both of which come with a range of color controls, 3D LUTs and customizable presets for grading GoPro footage. Premium lists for $299 and Professional for $999 and are available for download at GoPro's CineForm site.
For more information: GoPro CineForm Studio