Having a new device implies knowing all its functionalities, or most of them, with the intention of getting all the possible “juice” out of it, and it is not the exception with the GoPro Hero 10 Blackwhich has as outstanding features the GP2 processor and HyperSmooth 4.0 video stabilization.
That is why this video-centric guide will let you know more about the main interface and some essential settings. The objective is that you get your first recordings without breaking your head.
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It sounds a bit obvious, but it is relevant to know where the different tools offered by the GoPro Hero 10 Black are. Once it is turned on, the camera starts in the mode Video by default, so it’s ready to record just by pressing the button with the red circle.
Swiping left from the center of the screen will take you to Sequence; while a contrary action will place you in Photo. So, these are the three main modes of the gadget.
Swiping down from the top of any of the main screens brings up a menu with different icons that allow you to make quick adjustments. The most relevant ones are explained.
- face icon. Turn voice commands on or off, from “GoPro, record video” to “GoPro, turn off.”
- Musical note. Enables the beep when some capture mode is selected or recording starts, for example.
- Representation of the rabbit. When the camera is off and if this option is enabled, it is only necessary to press the capture button for the recording to start directly.
- Padlock. It locks the screen, ideal to avoid an accidental touch when you are in a swimming pool, for example.
- Lightning. By pressing this icon you can access three modes: maximum performance (highest resolution and frame rate); extended battery, offering optimal resolutions and frame rates, and still, for shooting with the aid of a tripod and video stabilization turned off.
- Front screen. It allows from deactivating the front display to putting it in its complete mode.
Other settings are displayed in Preferences, which is displayed by swiping left on the menu where the icons described above appear. The Connections tool is also displayed here.
- Preferences. It reveals more precise configuration options, from enabling the time the camera should turn off when it is idle to formatting the SD card.
- connections. It allows you to link the GoPro Hero 10 Black with your cell phone through the Quik app and select the most suitable Wi-Fi band (5 or 2.4 GHz), among other possibilities.
A last important gesture is the one that lets you play or view the captured content. In any of the image modes: sequence, video or photo, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. The viewing window opens the way to actions such as deleting files and displaying data such as recording date, resolution and frame rate.
Before starting to record a video, we recommend that you format the SD card that you will use in the camera in order to improve the performance of the storage medium. This means deleting any file, that is, you must make sure you have backed up the relevant information in case it is a used card.
To do this, go to preferences from the camera and, in the new menu that appears, click on To reset. Choose the option of Format SD card; confirm the action.
Already in the Video mode interface, the one that is activated by default when you turn on your GoPro Hero 10 Black, you will notice different tools on the screen. Actually, you do not need to adjust anything to start recording, however, it is essential to understand each of these to get the most out of your recordings.
Clicking on the label at the bottom, in the center, shows some previously established video settings, each of which can be edited by clicking on the pencil icon.
In this way, Exercise it is a configuration that has marked parameters such as 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, SuperView lens and standard video stabilization, while Movies It stands out for its 5.3K resolution at 30 frames per second, Linear lens and high video stabilization.
Once you have chosen one, you can make changes to it from the main screen without having to use a pencil.
The upper left circle allows you to adjust the frames per second, while the lower one makes it easy to choose the type of lens. On the other side, the upper one allows you to choose the level of video stabilization (HyperSmooth) and the lower one allows you to zoom (up to 1.4x).
To record a motorcycle or ATV ride, for example, our recommendation is to select 2.7K resolution at 240 frames per second—plus the HyperSmooth tool at its Boost level—in order to have the opportunity to view snippets even in slow motion. Regarding the lens, the choice can be Wide (if the clip will be edited) or Linear.
For a person who wants to record themselves on their desktop for YouTube, one of the options might be 4K video at 120 frames per second, Lienal lens and HyperSmooth off.
In other words, it should be thought of as 2.7K base video resolution, as the frames per second will depend more on the activity you are going to record (more action may require a higher number of frames). If it will not be possible to edit the clips, it is best to choose the default Linear lens, which does not add any effect to the recorded image.
The Quik mobile application, in addition to allowing you to perform part of the initial configuration of the camera, also allows you to access the recorded content and remotely manage some of its functions.
Full app editing tools and unlimited cloud storage, plus automatic backups from GoPro, require paying for a monthly or yearly subscription.
In any case, it’s interesting that the free version of Quik makes it possible to crop videos and apply other basic adjustments, and then share them on different networks and platforms, from Instagram to YouTube.