Frame Rate and other GoPro Settings

(This article was written circa GoPro HERO4)

We were recently asked why we suggest recording baseball/softball games in 30 frames per second (FPS), as apposed to 60 FPS. Here's the answer, (and it involves admitting that it is no longer valid for the GoPro Hero 4). At 1080p/30 FPS, the GoPro Hero 3 Black would hold about 6.5 hours of video on a 64GB card. If you shot at 60FPS, you could lose about 2.5 to 3 hours of storage capacity. Make sense, as technically there is twice as much data in 60fps vs 30fps. However, we have recently discovered that this is not the case with the Hero 4. Due to the higher bitrate that the Hero 4 records, you will get about 4 hours and 20 minutes of storage on a 64GB card NO MATTER IF YOU RECORD IN 30 OR 60 FPS. So it stands to reason that there is no benefit not to shoot in 60FPS with the Hero 4 for the purpose of quality. However, you may find, depending on the horsepower of your computer, that 60fps playback may be choppy. This is typically resolved by post video production. If you don't post produce your video, and playback on your computer is your primary purpose, you might consider sticking with 30 FPS.

So taking this in consideration, below are the following settings we recommend:

Resolution: 1080p (Not "SuperView".  With SuperView off, you have more Field of View options)

Frame Rate (FPS): 60

Field of View (FOV): Medium.  If the backstop is deep, try narrow.  If the backstop is shallow, try wide.  However, with Wide, you will most likely have a bit of fence in your shot.

Beeps: Turn them off.  Beeps might be considered a distraction by the umpire or apposing team.

LED's: Turn these off as well; especially at night.  Any blinking lights facing the field would most definitely be considered a distraction.