GoPro QR Code Cards for Underwater Video (Hero 8, 9, 10, 11)
For Use with the GoPro HERO8, HERO9, HERO10, HERO11, and all future releases.
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The GoPro QR codes contain the best GoPro camera settings for underwater video. Just point your GoPro at the QR code while you are diving, and the settings instantly change. Switch from Wide, Narrow, 5500K Video Light White Balance, Linear + Horizontal Leveling, and Slow Motion in a matter of seconds. The resolution, lens, frame rate, ISO, color profile, hyper smooth, zoom, EV, bitrate, screen saver, screen brightness, and hindsight… are all set in the codes.
QR Code Types
2.7K QR Code Cards:
Keep it simple. 2.7K/60 is easier than 4K/60 to edit 1080/30 videos. 2.7K gives you room to crop within the 1080 workspace, without the computer stress of large files. Most computers can handle 2.7K video editing. It is the sweet spot for resolution and frame rate. If you do not have a powerful video editing computer, then use these codes and make your life simple. The color profile on the 2.7K codes is the GoPro color, which is really nice for underwater content. No color correction is needed, or you can adjust the colors to create your own look and style.
4K QR Code Cards:
The 4K codes have a higher resolution (3840x2160) compared to the 2.7K codes (2704x1520). If you want the higher resolution to edit 4k video or to have much more area to crop in at 1080 workspace, then these codes are for you. 4K/60-120 is more demanding on your computer when editing video. Keep that in mind when you are shooting with the 4k codes. The color profile on these codes is GoPro color, which is really nice for underwater content. No color correction is needed, or you can adjust the colors to create your own look and style.
4K PRO QR Code Cards:
The 4K PRO codes are the same as the 4K codes, but they have the FLAT color profile. FLAT is GoPro’s version of RAW. Color grading is needed on your videos taken with the 4k PRO codes. Use these codes if you want complete control over the colors in post-production. Color grading 4K/60-120 is demanding on your computer. These codes work best with a computer that is built for video editing. If you want high resolution and want to color grade your videos, then these codes are for you.
Wide - This code gives you a wider field of view and is not locked in the horizontal position, so you can get more of a banking/flying feeling in your shot. Do not use the WIDE code with a macro lens, use the NARROW lens.
Narrow - This code provides a flatter cropped image that has no warped edges in the video. Very dependable and great for use with a macro lens. Its nice to switch back and forth between the WIDE/L+HL and the NARROW codes. Shoot the subject with a WIDE lens, and then closer up with the NARROW lens. You can edit cuts between these videos.
Linear & Horizontal Leveling - Your video will remain horizontal with this code up to a 45-degree angle on the camera. This is great for underwater videography, and will help you create a more stable video.
Video Lights - The white balance on this code is locked at 5500K. Use when shooting pelagic life with video lights. It will reduce the red color on the sides of fish, sharks, and white areas on manta rays. Also use snorkeling in shallow water with sharks, dolphins, mantas...etc. 5500K is daylight color and works well at snorkel depth. Auto WB adds too much red into these types of shots. This code will help produce more accurate colors.
Slow Motion - This code is shooting at 120 frames per second. When played back at 30fps, the effect is really great! Use this for fast moving scenes like your dive buddy jumping into the water, diver bubbles, fast moving fish, macro shots, shark feeding, and anything else you would want to slow down.
**The Slow Motion 4K/120 code will not work with the HERO8 and HERO9 cameras. The HERO8 and HERO9 can shoot 2.7k/120. **
Underwater Color Loss Guide - During your dive, observe and take a video of the Underwater Color Loss Guide. Color loss will constantly change on each dive. Visibility, time of day, depth, and weather conditions all impact colors underwater. The color loss guide will show you what colors exist at your current depth. This is a great way to learn how colors are affected underwater on each dive. Take a video of the color loss and white balance guides at the end of your video. Use this information to help you adjust your colors in post-production.
White Balance Guide - Take a video of this area while diving to understand what the color of white is on your dive. Use this information in post-production to adjust the blues and greens in your video.
How it Works
The GoPro QR codes currently only work with the GoPro Labs firmware. We believe this feature will be added in the normal firmware update, but for now, you must install the GoPro Labs Firmware in order for your GoPro to read the QR codes. It is very easy to install the GoPro Labs firmware. Just download the firmware and copy it onto your MicroSD card. Place your MicroSD card into your GoPro and turn it on. The firmware will automatically install and you are ready to go. Here is a link to the firmware and installation instructions.
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