How to Correct Fisheye (Lens Distortion) from GoPro Footage

By Apr 26,2017 14:49 pm

One of the most popular features of GoPro devices is their wide angle look as it assists in generation of images with large FOV. But, in some situations, the fisheye look is really a strong disturbance for images/videos as the straight lines become bent and from central location frames gets oversized. No matter whether you are shooting videos or working with photos, it is possible to remove fisheye distortion. The article below will provide you complete detail about the process of removing fisheye distortion.

How to Remove Fisheye from GoPro Footage

Section 1: Enable Linear FOV mode

What is Linear FOV Mode

GoPro Hero5 Black is developed with various latest shooting modes and Linear FOV mode is one of those. If you switch to this mode while capturing your photos then the camera itself provides software level correction to fisheye distortion. Once the lens distortion gets removed then images are directly saved to memory card.

Cons:

  1. Linear FOV mode cannot work with all frame rates and videos sizes. It works only with 2.7k, 1080p and below that.
  2. You can use Linear FOV feature with Timelapse Photo mode but it is not accessible with Timelapse video mode.
  3. It leads to edge cutting in photos as well as the parts that are close to edges get stretched with bad impression.
  4. Once you have enabled linear mode on images then it is not possible to reproduce the wide angle type images.

Section 2: Post Production

Method 1: Using GoPro Studio

The desktop version of GoPro Studio provides distortion correction facility. You need to follow these steps to complete your action:

Step 1: First of all you need to import your GoPro camera output file with its original name and then hit the advanced settings option.

Step 2: Now select “Remove Fisheye” option from menu and then hit OK.

Remove fisheye lens

Note: This option can be shown only when the video you shot has fisheye effect.

Step 3: Finally put your clip in the conversion list on software and then convert it. You will find results without fisheye distortion.

Cons of GoPro Studio:

  1. This software does not contain the preview panel option.

Method 2: Using Wondershare Filmora

Although there are so many professional video or image cutting/editing tools like Adobe Premier and Final Cut Pro etc. that can assist in fish eye correction. But the biggest problem is that they have complicated user interface and are difficult to operate. Thus if you are searching for a simple yet practical solution for fisheye distortion correction needs then professionals recommend to use Wondershare Filmora.

The reason behind this recommendation is that:

  1. The latest version of Filmora is designed with so many impressive features that can assist action camera users. The list includes colour correction (3D LUT, White Balance), advanced speed control, audio De-noise, video stabilization and lens distortion correction etc.
  2. It offers easy to use editing option to users with fast cut, trim and merge feature so you can create customized videos even without having any loss in quality. Users will be able to trim a GoPro footage of about 8GM size within one minute.
  3. This device supports H.264 encoding that is popular among MTS, MOV and MP4 like file formats. Hence it can assist users in fast editing of videos or photos captured from Home HD camcorders, Phones and action cams.

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How to remove Fisheye in Wondershare Filmora

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Here are the detailed steps:

Step 1:Open Wondershare Filmora.

Step 2:Now select Action Cam Tool that is available on user interface.

action cam tool entrance

Step 3: Use import button to bring your photos on timeline or you can do this task with the help of simple drag and drop feature. Even the unwanted files can be easily removed by pressing Clear button on screen.

Import files

Step 4: Now enable Lens Correction option. The drop down list will help you to select your camera model as well as the video mode that was used for capturing videos. Once all selections are made then Filmora will immediately correct your distorted video. The correction level can be also adjusted manually as per need from the slide bar.

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remove fisheeye effect from gopro videos

Step 5: Use preview window to check your results on real time basis.

Step 6: Once you have finished the editing process then hit the export button just to save your video. From the pop up window you can easily select the output file format (MOV or MP4). It is also possible to change video resolution to 4K from 320*240 level at the frame rate value of 60fps. Finally hit OK.

Export

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