GoPro Hero 4 Operating Guide
A proficiency test is required to check out this camera. Schedule a proficiency at the front desk of Media Loan or by calling 360-867-6253. Read this operating guide and complete the written portion of the proficiency test prior to your scheduled proficiency. Bring your answer sheet with you to the test, which should take approximately 30 - 45 minutes.
The GoPro HERO4 can shoot video, photo, and timelapse footage. It is a small video camera that delivers super slow motion at 240 frames per second, high-resolution 4K30 and 2.7K60 video combines with 1080p120 and 720p240 slow motion to enable stunning, immersive footage. Waterproof to 131 feet (40 meter) with 12MP photos at 30 frames per second and improved audio.
- 1 CARE
- 2 KIT CONTENTS
- 3 NAVIGATION & OPERATION
- 4 MODES
- 4.1 PLAYBACK MODE
- 4.2 VIDEO MODE
- 4.3 PHOTO MODE
- 4.4 MULTI-SHOT MODE
- 4.5 SET-UP MODE
- 5 PROTUNE
- 6 FILE TRANSFER
- 7 BATTERIES
The GoPro Hero 4 is an extremely durable camera, however there are precautions you need to take.
- Keep the plastic camera housing on the camera during all filming.
- Make sure the rubber lining of the housing is completely clean before exposing the camera to water.
- Make sure the locking bolt is always secured tightly.
- Transfer your footage with the included USB cable (do not remove card)
- Turn on the camera when it's wet.
- Expose the battery to rain or snow.
- Drop this camera from considerable heights or hit it with a heavy object.
- Remove the SD card.
Proper Housing Cleaning
Rinse in fresh water and shake dry or let air dry. Do not dry with a cloth, lint to compromise the seal. If the seal is broken, water may leak through and permanently damage the camera. Re-install the seal into the grooves in the backdoor of the camera housing.
Our kit includes:
- GoPro HERO4 Camera
- Durable plastic housing
- Head-mount & locking bolt
- One Micro USB 32GB memory card
- 2 Batteries
- Mini USB cable
NAVIGATION & OPERATION
There are multiple ways to operate this camera. You can access the menus and functions by using the exterior buttons, as illustrated in the diagram. You can also navigate through the camera using the touch display, as described below the "parts" list.
- Camera Status Light (Red)
- Shutter/Select Button: use to record video, take pictures, and make selections in the menus
- Wireless Status Light (blue)
- Camera Status Screen
- Power/Mode Button: use to power the camera on/off, as well as cycle through the various camera modes
- Micro HDMI Port (cable not included)
- MicroSD Card slot (never remove included card)
- Mini-USB port (supports composite A/V cable & 3.5mm stereo mic adapter, not included)
- Audio Alert
- HERO Port
- Touch Display: use to navigate the functions/settings of the camera
- Touch Display Sleep/Wake Button
- Settings/Tag Button: use to change the settings of the selected camera mode
- Battery Door
On: Press the Power/Mode button, located on the front of the camera. The status light will flash three times. When the camera status displays information, the camera is on.
Off: Press and hold Power/Mode button for a few seconds, until the red light flashes mulitple times.
TOUCH DISPLAY OPERATION
Located on the back of the camera, the touch display lets you control the cameras settings and playback your photos/videos. It also functions as a viewfinder.
- Swipe left for Modes
- Swipe up from bottom for Menu/Settings
- Swipe up/down to move through Settings
- Tap to select an item
- Swipe down from top edge to close the setting menu
- Swipe right to display the last captured video or photo
- Swipe left/right to display gallery images or playback mode
- Double tap to change Field of Vision in preview mode
- Press on display for two seconds to lock the touch display. This is useful if you are capturing handheld footage.
The GoPro has multiple modes, listed below. To access the various modes, you can either swipe left on the touch display and select your desired mode, or cycle through the modes by tapping the power/mode button. Each mode is explained in the following corresponding sections.
- Set up
Each mode has specific mode settings that you can adjust. To do so, either swipe up on the display or press the settings button.
Access playback mode by swiping left on the screen and selecting playback, or pressing the Power/Mode button.
You can select videos to watch by simply tapping them, OR using the Mode/Power button to cycle through the clips and selecting them with the Shutter/Select button.
When you have selected a video to watch you will see four icons on the bottom of the screen:
- The Delete icon will delete the selected file
- The Play/ Pause icon will pause the video, giving you the option to choose which frame to stop on.
- The Scissors icon allows you to create a short clip from your video. This does not affect the original footage. The clip will be saved as a new file.
To exit Playback mode, tap the X in the top right hand corner.
To access video mode, either swipe left and select video mode or tap the power/mode button.
To capture video, simply press the Shutter/ Select Button to start and stop recording.
VIDEO MODE SETTINGS
To adjust the settings for video mode, either swipe up when in video mode OR press the settings button. Listed below are all the settings you can control in this menu.
- Mode: refers to video capturing modes, as explained in the section below.
- Resolution: change the video resolution, as explained below.
- Frames per second: choose between 24-60 FPS (24fps is the cinematic standard, 60fps is for slow-motion).
- Field of View (FOV): select the FOV. Choices depend on video resolution.
- Low-Light: enable for low-light environments. Camera will automatically adjust FPS.
- Spot Meter: allows you to record from a dark space while pointing into a brighter settings, such as in a car.
- Protune: enables the protune settings. See PROTUNE section.
VIDEO CAPTURING MODES
Video Mode contains 4 different capturing modes. You can select your desired capturing mode by swiping up when in video mode. This will pull up the video settings menu.
- Video Mode is the standard capturing mode to record video.
- Time Lapse mode creates video from frames captured at specific intervals. It is available only in 4K and 2.7K 4:3 resolutions and is captured without audio.
- Photo+Video will capture a photo at selected intervals while you record video.
- Looping lets you continuously record but only save select moments. Available intervals for Looping are 5, 20, 60 and 120 minutes. Only the most recent interval (ex: 5 minutes) is saved when you stop recording. If you record for an interval and do not press the Shutter/Select button to stop recording and save, the camera begins a new interval by recording over your previous footage. If you select Max Video as the interval, the camera records until the memory card is full, then overwrites the content. Monitor your footage carefully in looping mode!
To change the resolution, swipe up when in video mode OR press the settings button, to open the Settings and select Resolution.
Resolution correlates to the amount of pixels and frame rate of your footage. There are a few factors that will go into deciding which resolution you would like to film at (e.g. how much space is available on your memory card, what you will be filming). This camera is capable of filming at nine different resolutions and each one has its own practical usage. Keep in mind that the higher the resolution, the more room it will take up on your memory card.
Make sure to pick a resolution that fits the aspect ratio of your tv or computer.
Use the following chart to make a proper video resolution selection. FOV: Field of View.
|Video Resolution||FOV||Screen Resolution||Aspect Ratio||Recommended Usage|
|4K||Ultra Wide||3840x2160||16:9||Tripod/still video|
|2.7K||Ultra Wide, Medium||2704x1520||16:9||Cinematic shots|
|1440p||Ultra Wide||1920x1440||4:3||High-action shots (high FPS)|
|1080p||Ultra Wide, Medium, Narrow||1920x1080||16:9||Standard for most situations|
|1080p SuperView||Ultra Wide||1920x1080||16:9||Body- or gear-mounted shots. Vertical 4:3 content automatically stretched to 16:9 for widescreen playback.|
|960p||Ultra Wide||1280x960||16:9||Body-mounted slow-motion shots|
|720p||Ultra Wide, Medium, Narrow||1280x720||16:9||Hand-held slow-motion shots|
|720p SuperView||Ultra Wide||1280x720||16:9||Body- or gear-mounted shots. Vertical 4:3 content automatically stretched to 16:9 for widescreen playback.|
|WVGA||Ultra Wide||840x480||16:9||Slow motion for when high res is not necessary|
To access photo mode, either Swipe left to display the camera modes and then tap the Photo mode icon OR cycle through the camera modes by pressing the Power/Mode button.
To take a photo, press the shutter button. Swipe up to open the settings menu.
PHOTO MODE SETTINGS
To adjust the settings for photo mode, either swipe up when in video mode OR press the settings button. Listed below are all the settings you can control in this menu.
- Mode: change the way the camera captures images, as described in the section below
- Megapixels: adjust the size photos, shown in the chart below.
- Spot Meter: allows you to capture photos from a dark space pointing the camera into a brighter setting such as from a car.
- Protune: enables the protune settings. See PROTUNE section for full explanation.
PHOTO CAPTURING MODES
- Single: this mode will take a single photo adjusted to the manual settings.
- Continuous Shooting: will take pictures as long as the shutter button is pressed down.
- Night: allows you to manually adjust the shutter speed to get a properly exposed image.
Select the photo resolution that best fits your needs. Keep in mind that the more Megapixels (MP), the more space the images will take up on the memory card.
- 12MP/Wide & 7MP/Wide: Largest field of view (FOV). Good for action shots in which you want to capture as much as possible within the frame.
- 7MP/Medium & 5MP/Medium: Mid-range FOV.
Multi-shot mode is a photo mode that contains three capture settings, described below. Access Mutli-shot mode by swiping left on the display, OR cycling through the modes with the Power/Mode button. THIS IS THE ONLY MODE YOU CAN USE FOR TIMELAPSE.
MULTI-SHOT MODE SETTINGS
To change the Multi-shot mode settings, swipe up when in multi-shot mode OR press the settings button. Below is the settings you will be able to change.
- Mode: change the multi-shot capture mode, described in the section below.
- Rate (burst mode only): adjust the rate in which photos are captured.
- Interval (timelapse and nightlapse modes only): adjust the intervals in which time lapse photos are taken.
- Megapixels: described in the PHOTO RESOLUTION section.
- Spot meter: allows you to capture photos from a dark space pointing the camera into a brighter setting such as from a car.
- Protune: enables the protune settings. See PROTUNE section for full explanation.
MULTI-SHOT CAPTURE MODES
- Burst (default): captures up to 30 photos in 1 second. Perfect for action shots. Change the rate under the Multi-shot settings.
- Time Lapse: captures a series of photos at specified intervals, which you can adjust in the Multi-shot settings.
- Night Lapse: captures a series of photos at specific intervals and exposure times, which you can adjust in the Multi-shot settings. Use this in low-light environments, such as the night sky.
Use the Set-up Mode to control the following functions of the camera. Access Set-up mode by swiping left on the display, OR cycling through with the Power/Mode button.
- Wireless: allows you to pair the camera with a smartphone/tablet or GoPro remote (not included)
- Touch display: change the sleep, brightness, etc
- Orientation: changes the orientation of the display (set this to auto)
- Default Mode: select which mode the camera is automatically set to when powered on
- QuickCapture: turn QuickCapture On/Off
- LED's: control the status lights
- Video format: keep in NTSC
- On Screen Display: toggle to show more/less file info during playback
- Delete: use this to format your card before/after usage
- Camera Reset: to restore default camera settings. If your camera is behaving strangely, use this function
- Reset Wi-Fi
Protune enables manual control of additional settings for advanced control and customization of your video footage and photos. To turn Protune on/off, access the mode settings (in video or photo) by either swiping up on the display, OR pressing the settings button. Navigate to "protune" and toggle on/off.
Enabling protune will give you access to the following settings:
- White balance
- ISO limit
- EV Compensation
DO NOT ENABLE PROTUNE IF YOU ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE ABOVE TERMS.
To save your footage or photos, connect the camera to a computer using the included USB cable. DO NOT REMOVE THE INCLUDED SD CARD.
- Remove input/output cover, located on the side of the camera. DO NOT LOSE THIS COVER.
- Connect the camera to a computer with the included USB cable. Insert the mini end into the camera, and the other into the computer.
- Press the power button. The camera and computer will automatically connect.
- Locate the camera on your computer.
- Drag & drop (or use your preferred transfer method) the files into the desired location on the computer.
The battery compartment is located on the bottom side of the camera.
To charge this camera, connect it with the included USB cable to a computer or other USB charging adapter. The camera status light will turn on during charging and off when completely charged.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CHARGE WITH A CABLE NOT INCLUDED IN KIT, CAN RESULT IN FIRE AND/OR EQUIPMENT DAMAGE