How To Use Reelsteady GO?

by Oscar
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Reelsteady GO is a standalone application that is designed for stabilizing footage from a GoPro. It’s very popular in the FPV community for creating so called cinematic footage from either freestyle or cinewhoop FPV drones.

See comparison between GoPro Hypersmooth and Reelsteady.

You can get Reelsteady GO at https://www.reelsteady.com/

Best GoPro for Reesteady GO

Some GoPro works better with Reelsteady, some are trickier.

GoPro Hero 6 is the most reliable, it has the highest tolerance to vibration, followed by the GoPro Hero 8.

GoPro Hero 7 and Session 5 also work, but they require “soft mounting” on your drone in order to minimize vibrations. Vibrations can corrupts gyro data and the gyro is even more sensitive in the GoPro Hero 7 and Session 5. With the kind of vibration from our FPV drones, the footage is almost unusable in Reelsteady Go. It’s a hardware limitation as far as I know, so I don’t think there will be a fix any time soon.

Reelsteady GO currently does not support any other GoPro models.

If you get the Hero 6, make sure you also downgrade it to firmware V1.6. This version works best with Reelsteady. Youtube has many tutorials showing you how to do this.

GoPro Settings

To use Reelsteady and get the most out of it, you can try these GoPro settings.

It’s best to record in 4:3 aspect ratio and WIDE FOV. No need to use Superview in the GoPro, because Reelsteady GO will do that automatically after you exported the video. Exported video will be in 16:9.

Here is a little comparison demo:

Reelsteady GO Work Flow

Working with ReelSteady GO cannot be easier.

There are only two buttons in the main screen.

Reelsteady GO software interface

You import the video by clicking the “Load Video” button, and when you finish, just click “Save Video” to render/export it.

Replacing Sync Points (Key Frames)

After importing your raw video from the GoPro, Reelsteady will automatically insert key frames (those green markers in the timeline), these are sync points between the video and gyro data. They are sometimes okay, but usually not in the right places for FPV footage.

“Sync points” are used to match the gyro data to the video more precisely, as sometimes the video may be slightly ahead of or behind the gyro data. By placing those sync points correctly can reduce the overall amount of cropping due to stabilization.

Personally, I always delete these sync points generated by the program and place my own.

You can delete these (right click on the green markers and click delete) and insert your own (click on the green arrow next to the play button). You will need at least two sync points, put these down where the drone is flying straight forward for at least a few seconds, smooth and level, and doesn’t do anything else. You can place more sync points during the video, it might help but not necessary.

Cropping Footage

There are two white handles in the timeline, one at the beginning and one at the end. You can drag these to crop the unwanted parts of your video (before take off and after landing), this will make rendering/exporting faster.

Here I will explain all the settings in ReestleadyGO.

Advance Settings

Click the gear icon at the bottom right will bring you to the advanced settings menu.

Smoothness

I normally set this 2-3 ticks to the left of Normal (default), it works well most of the times for cinematic videos. For freestyle videos I even set this to Low. If you increase it to High, it will crop more of the image and reduces the field of view.

If you need wider perspective, you can reduce smoothness.

Cropping Speed

If smoothness is how much it crops in, Cropping Speed is how fast it crops in. In another word, this controls how fast the camera zoom in and out in order when stabilizing the footage. To set this faster, stabilization will work more effectively, but the zooming effect might become more noticeable and it looks “fake”.

I normally just leave it at Normal (default) for cinematic videos, and 2-3 ticks to the right of Normal for freestyle videos.

Lock Horizon

By enabling Lock Horizon will always keep video level to the horizon.

I sometimes enable it when I shoot videos with my cinewhoops, it makes the footage looks even more stable and gets rid of all the dips due to throttle mismanagement. But for freestyle you should probably leave it unchecked because it can’t handle any excessive roll motion or sharp turns, it will just ruin the footage.

A little demo showing the differences with Lock Horizon Turn on and off.

For “Naked GoPro” Users

If you take apart your GoPro and mount the logic board flat (for example on the Umma85), you should “patch” your footage first if you were to use the “Lock Horizon” feature.

Gyro on HERO 5/6/7 is located on the PCB behind the lens. RSGO should work with flat mounted motherboard, no problem. However the horizon lock in RSGO also uses accelerometer which is located on the motherboard, and so with a flat mounted board, horizon lock will not work properly.

Luckily Jaro Meyer came up with a simple solution that can be found here:
https://jaromeyer.github.io/rsgopatcher/

The patcher simply fixes the data orientation, so Reelsteady GO can read it correctly.

The HERO 8’s Gyro and accelerometer are both located on the same chip behind the lens, so horizon lock should work with flat mounted board without the need for patching.

Flip Gyro Data

Turn this on if you had your GoPro filming upside down.

Notes

One of the drawback of Reelsteady is losing audio after exporting. You can however get the audio track from the original GoPro video in video editor.

After the video is exported, you have to close and reopen the program to work again. If you load the same footage again, the previous sync points will be retained as long as you don’t delete the “_offsetNodes” file in the same directory.

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16 comments

Sunny 23rd September 2021 - 2:45 pm

Hello,
I’m using Real steady go but I receive an error message: ” Sorry this shooting mode is not supported”
I’m using Gopro Hero 6 without stabilisation 3/4 24FPS Wide, on FPV DJI Sport & Manual Mode.
Why I can not render my footage?
Thanks a lot!!!
Sunny

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RoSt 22nd September 2021 - 8:08 am

Gopro Hero 7 & RSgo – problem solved = blackbox2gpmf
www youtube.com/watch?v=Glbh_qI1e9g

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teem 6th September 2021 - 9:43 am

Hi. I have a problem with 2 files out of 4 of the gopro 6 naked. “Gyro + video sync” is running all the time on 2 files, the program doesn’t stop and I can’t stabilize it. Did you have such a problem? Thank you

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Mar 10th November 2021 - 2:46 am

did you fixed this? having the same thing and its important file :(

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JC 19th August 2021 - 3:46 pm

hi, i’ve use RSGO with GoPro 9 Black (nd32 and good settings)
I use more sync point (everytime at the begining of a good line) … don’t know if that is good
I shoot little underexposed , but I found that the exported video of RSGO is little blurry and miss sharpness, also straight from the gopro I found it to be the same too
Don’t know why I can’t have a more crisp video…
Any idea ?
Thanks

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Oscar 24th August 2021 - 12:25 pm

You probably should take a look at the GoPro mounting, it might need a bit more soft mounting. Also make sure your quad is free of any vibration and has a good tune.

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MD 9th August 2021 - 9:55 pm

Got a GoPro 8 and it is absolutely stunning with RSGO.

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Kevin 9th May 2021 - 11:43 am

I have a naked gopro 6 and my reel steady is not working great… it still has a lot of vibrations on them… could you help me?

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Oscar 9th May 2021 - 12:18 pm

Maybe it’s not mounted properly on the drone? Or the drone simply have too much vibration?
Test it by holding the camera in your hand, film some random things and walk around, try to hold it very steadily, see if reelsteady work ?

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Peter Uhrín 27th January 2021 - 6:59 pm

Hello, do you please know, how to join gopro videos (they are split every 4GB) without loosing gyro data for reelsteady? Running each video throught reelsteady first and than joining them doesnt work (there is wisible “jump” in stabilisation in the join).

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jackov 3rd August 2020 - 3:35 pm

here the video after stabilization with gopro 6
youtube.com/watch?v=dsv3wqTLDwM

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Manuel Helbling 17th June 2020 - 6:54 pm

Sorry forgot to mention that I am using the Go Pro Hero 8 Black

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Manuel Helbling 17th June 2020 - 6:52 pm

How many gyro sync points would I need for best results, I heard depending on which go pro model it can change is it true?

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Oscar 22nd June 2020 - 1:09 pm

I usually only use 2, one somewhere near the beginning, the other somewhere near the end. Works fine so far!

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Mika 11th June 2020 - 12:28 pm

I am a longtime Hero 6 and ReelsteadyGo user. So I know what to expect from this combination. Used Hero 6 cams are hard to get these days, so I wonder if a Hero 5 would do, if soft mounted like in the Umma85 kit? Would it be soft mounted enough to get good results with RSG?

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Bill 9th June 2020 - 6:52 am

I have a GoPro 5 Black (not a Session), and with soft mounting, which is easy, it works fine with Reelsteady Go. But yes, the recommendation to get a 6 of possible, is spot on.

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