gopro field guide

Ever wondered what resolution and frame rates are good for shooting video on your GoPro? No need to worry, they have just launched a set of free tutorials.

It's a coincidence, but we were experimenting with high frame rates on a GoPro with Final Cut Pro X over the weekend and these videos would have come in very handy.

FCP.co friend Jim Geduldick from GoPro sent us an email with a link to their new tutorial strand on their YouTube channel. It looks like it will grow in to a fabulous resource and is well worth subscribing to.

It's very easy to load a card and hit record, but are you using the right frame rate, resolution and FOV? That's not taking into account that you can also adjust the bitrate, ISO, colour balance, exposure and sharpness.

Did you know about the squashed field of views? We didn't and it proves you learn something new every day. It might be a good idea to talk to your director and camera guy if you are not shooting with the GoPro yourself so that you know exactly what settings to expect.

As far as we know, Protune will not import directly into FCPX, you have to go through the GoPro Protune app (wasn't this Cineform?) first. Please let us know if that is incorrect. 

Update. Mark Spencer informs us that FCPX does accept Protune, the video comes in with a flat profile. Maybe a good opportunity for a custom LUT!

Jim did mention that there was be a possibility of GoPro/NLE specific workflow videos, so maybe we could get him to start with Final Cut Pro X!

Onto the tutorials and the first of three digs deep into Protune.


Episode 2 runs throughout he various frame sizes, frame rates and FOV options. This is also probably the most helpful one for FCPX editors)


Lastly (for the time being) the GoPro media crew give us some tips for shooting on location.



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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

Tour de france 2020
Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


BBC snooker the crucible

BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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