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Vlog on GoPro MAX – WHY, HOW, and Editing Tutorial

December 15, 2019


Hey what’s up every body? Right now I am riding on my OneWheel and heading
to Starbucks to get a fresh new cup of coffee. Get a fresh new cup of coffee. Stop sign is coming up so I am gonna stop. And Go. If you look on my left you see the world famous
Mark Twain middle school and it is really windy right now. And today I am gonna show you how to vlog
with the brand new GoPro MAX filming me right now. And create interesting vlogging video like
this one. So if you are ready, let’s dive right in. [MUSIC] here from CreatorUp – the #1 YouTube channel
dedicated to 360 virtual reality filmmaking, for everyone. Today, I am not talking 360 filmmaking but
vlogging with a 360 camera – specifically, the brand new GoPro MAX right here. So let’s talk about the WHY. Why I think GoPro MAX is a great camera for
Vlogging. First, and the most important point, this
is a 360 camera. It captures everything around you when ever
you hit recording. So you never miss an action – like I ran the
stop sign – by accidents. For action sports – you can reframe in post
and follow the action, like what you saw in GoPro official commercial. No camera can do this, well except Insta360
ONE X, Vuze XR, and other 360 cameras. But that is why you subscribe to this channel
to learn the latest tech on using 360 camera. Because 360 camera can capture both you and
where you are looking, essentially, you have 2 camera angels and later, I will show you
how to do it in Premiere. Second, GoPro MAX is very easy to use, compared
to even GoPro Hero 8. Vlogging is all about making it easy, making
it fast, so you can get the shots you need to tell your story. MAX is small and easy to use, just like Hero
8. One thing does stand out compared to all the
cameras I ever used is audio. You heard from the beginning of this video,
everything is captured with the camera without lav or mic. And I am flying on an onewheel with wind blow
me in a different direction. I was so worried the take was ruined. But no, the wind reduction, newly introduced
in the MAX and Hero 8, is so amazing. Rewind and hear it again yourself and comment
below and tell me what you think. You can not use a shotgun microphone in 360
camera because the fisheye lens has a wide angle, and everything is captured. And you don’t want to use a lav – because
it against the principle of ease to use. That is why I choose MAX instead of Fusion
or ONE X as my 360 Vlog camera. Third, impressive stabilization and horizon
leveling. MAX is the most stable GoPro I ever use. In the next review video, you will see a stabilization
comparison between the MAX, Fusion, and the ONE X. You saw the beginning of this video, my hand
is shaking like crazy b/c I am on a Onewheel. If you ride this thing before, you know that
it is not easy to ride and require lots of constant balancing with my hands. I am not a good Onewheel rider – and you guys
know that already. So just to recap, capturing everything, good
audio, good stabilization, and easy to use, make GoPro MAX the perfect Vlog camera. Now, let’s talk about the how. The great benefit of using MAX is capturing
everything. So forget about Hero mode, we are using 360
mode in 5.6K and 30fps. You need the max resolution to reframe it
in post-production. Then you need to get a round base for small
footprint. I used the smartree adapter right here to
covert the gopro mount into 1/4 mount so I can use the Insta360 invisible selfie stick. As you see my footage, my selfie stick is
invisible so I can use the Nadir shot to see me getting on the OneWheel. There is no official GoPro accessories just
yet for the MAX and all their tripod is not INVISIBLE. Another solution is the Bushman Monopole V2
360 bundle. I don’t have it yet. When I do, I will do an indepth review to
see if it is worth invest that much money for a consumer monopole. The common mistake for beginners is to tile
their camera like this. You even see in some big YouTube influencers
are doing it wrong. So watch out. Make sure you camera is align with your pole
verically. And look at the preview window on your phone
to make sure you are not seeing the monopod. You don’t need to look straight to the camera. I know it is a very werid concept if you come
from a traditional Vlogging setup. But this is a 360 camera, so everything is
capture so don’t worry. So now it is the fun part, editing and post-production. You can edit your entire Vlog on your phone
without even touching your computer. Abe Kislevitz has a very nice tutorial on
360 reframe with mobile phone. I put his YouTube link down below. If you are a long time followers of this channel,
you know I am against editing on a mobile phone. Because that is just lazy. If you are really serious about your vlog,
you will want the best image quality and most creative edting possible to tell your story. So I am only going to teach you how to edit
with the GoPro FX Reframe plugin Plus, you don’t need GoPro MAX to follow along
with this tutorial. Any 360 camera can be a great vlogging camera
as long as they have good audio Good stabilization. The good news is, GoPro FX Reframe work on
any 360 camera in any resolution. So what you learn today will be future proof. So let’s open Premiere and dive right in. Before we start, this is the second tutorial
of GoPro FX Reframe plugin. So please go watch the first tutorial before
moving forward. If not, you will get lost – especially you
never done 360 reframe before. I also teach you already how to import the
best looking 360 video footage from GoPro MAX with ProRes and cineform in that tutorial. So we start from videos already inside Premiere. Now go ahead and create a sequence. It can be 4K or 1080P, does not matter. Now go ahead and drop in the MAX footage and
click keep current setting – so you don’t accidently scale your footage backup. If you are on a older computer, please do
this extra step by creating a proxy. This is very important. Lots of my viewers complaint about slow editing
speed. Well, because you are not using Proxy edit
– which should be the first lesson of any editing class. Go to your source video, right click, Proxy,
create Proxies, choose VR 2048×1024 Monosopic DNxHR Stereo Audio proxy. This is a default preset from Adobe Premiere
on PC. I will provide my proxy preset here from download
– which is 1920 x 960 in ProRes Proxy codec which is ever faster for slower computer. Any computer in the past 5 years will work
and you have no excuse. For how to download and insert proxy, please
check this tutorial here. In here, I just use the Premiere proxy setting. Click okay. Adobe Media encoder will open and automatically
create the proxy for you. Go ahead and check the toggle proxy button
and you are ready to go. You see the quality decrease and that is exactly
what you want. You don’t need 5K video in editing. You need speed instead. Now go ahead and drop in the GoPro FX Reframe
plugin. Open Effect control and let me show you what
you can do with the plugin. First choose your projection. Here is 1080P so this one. There are lots of setting but don’t freak
out, 99% of the time, you are not touch any of these setting. You are only going to drag around like what
you do in the mobile app – but faster and smoother. Go ahead and highlight pan, an overlap will
show up on your preview window. Drag the center will change pan and tilt. Click and drag the upper and lower section
will change the camera zoom level. Click and drag the left and right side, will
change the rotation of the camera. If you click and drag the 4th concers, it
will change the lens curve. Imporntat note is that, if you want to get
rid of 100% of the fisheye look of a GoPro camera, you set this vaule to 70 – that is
your standard 35mm look. Write this down. It is important. You are going use this a lot. Besides that, toggle open advanced options,
turn off motion blur to speed up the process. You don’t need that until you lock your edit. Okay, let’s do some vlogging reframe. Here is how I did my POV view on the intro
video. Drag the center to the object we want to focus
– which is OneWheel with a Damascus sticker. Insert keyframes in all the vaule. I actually love the fisheye look and it is
really in now. So I dail down the lens curve to 30. Now just play the video and continue to move
and track the center to the OneWheel. It will insert keys for you automatically
and this is how easy the GoPro FX Reframe compared to Insta360 Studio or all the other
previous solutions. Here I zoom in by dragging the upper section
to give my OneWheel a tighter shot. After I am on the OneWheel, I do a tiny planet
transition to create an establishing shot. Like so. Again, I already teach you how to do it in
my last tutorial, so I am going to go fast here. Let’s keep the Tiny Planet for a bit so copy
the keyframe over and then let’s morph to normal GoPro Hero view. Change lens curve to 70 to remove fisheye
distortion. Now we are going to enable second camera – my
vlog camera so you can see my face when I am talking. Toggle down advanced controls and then toggle
down second camera. Btw, third camera is coming in future update
according to GoPro – so this is 2 – 3 cameras setup in 1 tiny camera. This is crazy. Future tech right? The short key of moving the second camera
is hold down alt in PC or cmd on a Mac. Well, first, highlight your second camera
pan first. Now you see my face. But I don’t want my second camera in the dead
center. So I am going to offset my second camera to
the left. Before we do that, let makes my second camera
smaller first. Change the radius X and radius Y from 10 to
6. You can remove the border as well. But check this out, if you move the blend
softness, you can create a metal crystal ball within your video – like what you see on some
of my overcapture video. So use that creatively. But here, let’s just get rid of the border. Move the center X to the left and change the
offset X of second camera to make the offset correctly. So let’s say I offset the center 32 degrees
and you need to set the offset to -32 degrees. It is that easy. You can move your second camera anywhere you
want and offset the same amount to create the correct view. I don’t know if you realize how powerful is
this. Before, this can only be done in After effects
with duplicate composition. Let’s do a quick animation within my vlog
camera to look down on my one wheel. Yes, you can move your camera independently
to create multiple level slider shots. Just think about how expensive a slider is
and you have 2 of them within your GoPro MAX – that is crazy. Lastly, I am going to show you some hidden
features of the plugin if you want some creative edit. Check this out. I turn off my second camera. Btw, you can keyframe the second camera on
and off and that is how I did that in my intro video. Easy enough. Rest all the setting, click and drag the corner
and make the lens curve to -100. Ready for this? Reduce the zoom level. Check this out, you get yourself a crystal
ball that the background will change color dynamically according to the video footage. How cool is that? Obviously, don’t overuse this, but it is a
cool transition you can use. So there you go. That is how you create a 2 camera vlog style
video with the GoPro MAX. In the next video, we are going to mount 2
GoPro MAX up and down on the DJI Mavic Pro 2 like what you see here. Because the MAX is so much lighter than the
Fusion, it is possible now to pull this trick off. I will show you the result and use optical
flow stitching with Mistika VR to merge the 2 GoPro MAX seamlessly for indoor drone flight. It is gonna be a great one and you don’t want
to miss that. In part 3 of this GoPro MAX tutorial series,
I am going to teach you how I create this very cool upside down teleportation transition
from concept, shooting technique, to post-production. You will put everything you learn in part
1 and this tutorial into practices and create something that will wow your audience. I will also discuss some advanced topics we
did not cover in this tutorial – including color correction color grading. Using your favorite GoPro LUT. Sound design and render tips and tricks. Thank you for all the very nice comments from
my viewers and support me to continue making this series. If you have any suggestions, please comment
below and tell me what you want to learn next. If you are new here, don’t forget to subscribe
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