What is Protune and Why It Matters in Your GoPro Hero2 Camera:

David Newman GoPro’s Senior Director of Software Engineering has written about why Protune is an acknowledgement that so many GoPro cameras are being used for broadcast content creation and that Protune is also the first clear influence the CineForm group has had in camera features since GoPro bought them. Read on after the video for David’s description of what Protunes can do.

Take a look at a small Protune test by Mr Oow:

Protune is a suite of features designed to enhance an even more professional image capture from your GoPro, while still being accessible to every GoPro user. Protune has the strongest emphasis on image quality by increasing the data-rate (decreasing compression) from an average of 15Mb/s to 35Mb/s. Small artifacts that can occur in detailed scenes or extreme motion are gone at 35Mb/s. Next is adding the 24p frame rate (to the existing frame rate options), greatly easing the combination of GoPro footage with other 24p cameras, common to professional markets. Finally the Protune image is designed for color correction; it will start with a flatter look that is more flexible for creative enhancement of the image in post-production. With the latest HERO2 firmware installed, Protune is enabled with the secondary tools menu.

Protune has been a long time coming, and so has this blog entry. Protune is an acknowledgement that so many GoPro cameras are used for professional content creation – Discovery Channel looks so much like a GoPro channel to me. Protune is also the first clear influence the CineForm group has had on in camera features, for which we are super proud, yet most of the engineering was done by the super smart camera imaging team at GoPro HQ. For the novice Protune user, CineForm Studio 1.3 is setup to handle Protune image development, so all users can benefit from this cool new shooting mode. This synergy between the software and camera groups, allows us to push both further. In the old CineForm days (non-GoPro) I would have probably blogged about helping with the design of a new camera log curve, and all the pluses and minus of color tuning, months before we would have had anything to show, but that was before we became part of a consumer electronics company. Some things must remain secret. Working at CineForm was exciting, but it is nothing compared to the adventures I’ve already had at GoPro, with so much more to come.

Please read David Newman’s full post about Protune on his CineForm Insider Blog HERE.

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