GoPro, Technicolor Work Together To Enhance Image Quality via Protune

GoPro, and Technicolor have worked to embed Technicolor’s CineStyle color profile for the debut of the new GoPro Protune, a firmware upgrade that allows professional filmmakers a vastly improved and flexible workflow for seamless integration with other source material and post-production platforms.

Key features of the GoPro Protune mode include 24fps frame rate, enabling GoPro HERO2 content to be easily intercut with other sources without a frame rate conversion. It also has a 35 Mbps data rate, delivering higher-quality compressed image with virtually zero artifacts while reduced sharpening and noise reduction also benefits users. Other features include neutral color profile, allowing for greater flexibility in a color correction workflow and log curve encoding, offering more detail in shadows and highlights

“GoPro Protune mode is an extraordinary development for the entire professional production market – from filmmakers, cinematographers and DITs, to editors and colorists who are increasingly relying on the HERO2 for cinematic productions,” says David Newman, senior director of software engineering for GoPro. “Developing this with Technicolor has provided us with a level of technological expertise that optimizes Protune for the professional market. Filmmakers are making critical decisions every day on the tools they’ll invest in for their cinematic productions, and we are confident our collaboration with Technicolor makes their decision that much easier. We’re looking forward to our customers’ reaction when we unveil Protune at NAB 2012.”

GoPro Protune mode makes integration with GoPro CineForm Studio simple, automatically detecting Protune settings and applying the default adjustments to create stunning images. The workflow is further enhanced by a variety of color tuning presets, or ‘looks’ that further enhance the filmmakers’ story.

Using Protune with GoPro CineForm Studio Premium and GoPro CineForm Studio Professional provides additional benefits, offering extensive color correction controls and customizable presets to create professional, cinematic looks from the GoPro HERO2 captured content. Non-destructive 3D LUTs provide even more flexibility, enabling users to further tweak their images, manipulate saturation and contrast and color correction controls to create highly stylized content.

“Technicolor is thrilled to make its color science available to GoPro throughout its Protune upgraded firmware,” says Technicolor’s Alejandro Guerrero, senior vice president, Technicolor Digital Productions.  “With more than 130,000 (and counting) cinematographers already using our CineStyle color profile, we are committed to expanding the CineStyle toolkit and are thrilled to support GoPro as it expands its market base.”