I love my GoPro camera. It takes amazing pictures and captures incredible videos, and can get into some extreme situations that other cameras probably would not survive – no wonder it is one of the best selling cameras in the world. I also love the fisheye lens, but there are times when the fisheye effect is too much. We’ve had lens correction in Photoshop and Lightroom for a while, optics compensation in After Effects, but now it is easier than ever to non-destructively remove the fisheye effect from GoPro video footage directly inside of Adobe Premiere Pro. Check out the video below to see it in action.
Applying lens correction (or lens distortion removal) is incredibly easy. There are new effects presets in the effects panel that enable video editors to simply drag an effect onto their clip to have the lens correction applied. Just select the preset for the resolution and field of view (FOV) that match what you used to capture your footage, and drag it right onto your clip. They under Presets -> Lens Distortion Removal -> GoPro. For those fellow quadcopter enthusiasts, you may also notice some presets for the DJI Vision cameras!
Once you’ve applied the preset to your footage, you can tweak it as you like to customize the amount of correction. You can under-correct, over-correct, or change the center/focal point of the correction. I normally tend to leave it with the default settings…
Once you’ve applied the correct preset for your footage, you’ll be able to see that the lens distortion has been removed. The straight lines will now appear straight, and everything will line up to scale.
Now get out there and go capture some amazing footage of your own!