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From the GoPro Hero 5 and onwards, the GPMF metadata has contained useful motion data supported by Gyroflow. Unfortunately not all cameras work equally well:


All GoPros use 4:3 sensors and allow for different field of views. For Gyroflow stabilization, the best resolutions are 4:3 resolutions with the wide field of view. This gives Gyroflow the most image data to work with.

By default, GoPro files are limited to 4 GB in size. For longer files, use either the GoPro Labs large chapter support, or use ReelSteady-Joiner to join segmented files together.

Hero 8/9/10

These cameras all contain pre-computed camera orientations for every single frame, meaning the synchronisation step can be skipped when using the None integration method. Footage from these cameras are essentially "plug and play" when it comes to Gyroflow stabilization, since Gyroflow contains built-in lens profiles for all these cameras. Furthermore, since these cameras do internal rolling shutter processing, additional rolling shutter correction is not required.

Finally, the GPMF metadata also contains transformed orientation information when hypersmooth is enabled, meaning further stabilization of hypersmoothed footage in Gyroflow is possible.

Hero 7

The Hero 7 is a bit of an outlier. For drone footage, the gyro data from the Hero 7 have been found to be lackluster to say the least. High amounts of noise and aliasing means Gyroflow stabilization using the internal data is likely to give bad results. For this reason, the Hero 7 is not recommended for cinematic FPV footage. One workaround is to use external gyro logging, for instance using the drone blackbox. Another workaround is the use of vibration-dampening mount, which can be a hassle compared to other GoPros.

Some users have reported that using intense low pass filtering of the gyro data (e.g. cutoff of 4 Hz or less) can yield acceptable results for some drone footage. This cannot correct for e.g. higher frequency propwash oscillations or vibrations, but can smooth out the general movement.

The Hero 7 doesn't compute per-frame orientations, meaning synchronization is required. For handheld footage, the mentioned noise issues shouldn't be a problem. Furthermore, footage from the Hero 7 with Hypersmooth enabled does not work with Gyroflow.

Hero 6

The Hero 6 contains gyroscope and accelerometer data, and can thus be used with Gyroflow out of the box. Due to the lack of per-frame orientations, the synchronization step is still required. The Hero 6 doesn't exhibit the noise issues of the Hero 7, and works well for drone footage. Compared to Hero 8/9/10, no internal rolling shutter processing is performed, meaning fast motion can cause warping, if no rolling shutter correction is applied in Gyroflow.

Hero 5/Session 5

The Hero 5 exhibits similar vibration-induced noise problems to the Hero 7, and is thus not recommended for drone footage out of the box. Once again, users have reported achieving acceptable stabilization using intense low pass filtering, so if you already have this camera, that's worth a try. Just like the Hero 7, handheld footage doesn't yield any major problems.