Lens Correction For GoPro Video Footage Has Never Been Easier!

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!

GoPro Lens Distortion Presets

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…

GoPro Lens Distortion Effect Controls

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.

Lens Distortion Removal in Action

Now get out there and go capture some amazing footage of your own!

  • DWdrum

    That is killer. Downloading the latest PP now. Thanks man.

  • Руслан Прояев

    Where is a download link?)

  • http://digitalformula.net/ Chris Rasmussen

    Hi – I have Adobe Premiere Pro CC 7.2.2 (build 33) but this preset isn’t in the list – I’m using the version provided by my Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Can you say what version and build you’re using? Thanks.

    • http://tricedesigns.com/ Andrew Trice

      Make sure you are using “Premiere Pro CC 2014”. The CC 2014 release gets installed along side of the original CC release. The plugin is not available inside the older version. The 2014.0.1 (latest) version is 8.0.1 (21) Build.

      • http://digitalformula.net/ Chris Rasmussen

        Hi Andrew – just after I posted that question I noticed that my icon was still linked to the old version, even though CC 2014 was installed already. Problem solved – thanks for responding. Great tip!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.harper.520562 Jack Harper

    I see it pertains to video…
    What about correcting still shots for large format printing?

  • Rich Mayfield

    Would you mind posting the curvature numbers for all the presets? For those of us on CS6?

    • http://digitalformula.net/ Chris Rasmussen

      There are 35 of them – can you be more specific about which one(s) you want curvature info for?

      • Rich Mayfield

        Right now I’m interested in the GoPro 3+ Blac. These numbers are available nowhere on the internet. I could guess, but the presets are probably more accurate.

        • http://digitalformula.net/ Chris Rasmussen

          Yeah, I assume those values aren’t commercially secret – here you go …

          1080 – Medium (-22)
          1080 – Narrow (-16)
          1080 – SuperView (-40)
          1080 – Wide (-28)
          1440 – Wide (-32)
          2.7K – Medium (-23)
          2.7K – Wide (-29)
          2.7K Cinema – Medium (-22)
          2.7K Cinema – Wide (-31)
          4K – Wide (-29)
          4K Cinema – Wide (-30)
          720 – Medium (-22)
          720 – Narrow (-11)
          720 – SuperView (-30)
          720 – Wide (-28)
          960 – Wide (-31)
          WVGA – Wide (-27)

          One of my cameras is always on 1080 SuperView but I always find the 1080 Wide preset works best. The 1080 SuperView curvature setting seems seems excessive, to me. YMMV, though.

          FYI, the latest update for Premiere Pro CC (2014) doesn’t have any presets for the Hero4 so I assume they’re either the same as the Hero3+ or they just haven’t been created, yet.

          Hope that helps.

      • Rich Mayfield


        That’s what I’m putting together. I found the values from a friend, but I’d like to fill out that list so people not using CC have some reference.

        • http://digitalformula.net/ Chris Rasmussen

          A Wikipedia.org page would be cool, too.

  • Able Thought

    Chis would you mind posting the lens correction curvature numbers for Hero 4 Black? Rich really awesome wiki page… would be great to have Hero 4 in there 🙂

    • http://digitalformula.net/ Chris Rasmussen

      I would but there are no presets in Pr for the Hero 4 Black, yet. I imagine they’ll turn up eventually, though.

  • Able Thought

    Mostly interested in 4K

  • http://www.galveston.com/ Christopher Aleman

    you the man, thanks for sharing brotha

  • Tom Bammann

    Hi, thanks for explaining this! I have a small predicament though, I took a lot of videos over the last 6 months and I’ve got no idea whether they were recorded in S, W, M, or sometimes even N. I’d love to go through and touch up some videos, but I can’t work out any way to look at the GoPro file and determine what mode it was recorded in. My only solution I can think of right now, is in future I’ll have to take a notepad or something and write down when I change FOV modes! Is there any way anyone knows of to retrospectively work out what FOV a GoPro video file was shot in?

    • http://tricedesigns.com/ Andrew Trice

      I’m not aware of a way to go back and determine what the field of view was. I double checked, and it doesn’t appear that any metadata or XMP info is stored within the file. However, I do know that if you put the wrong preset on a video, then it will be either over-corrected or under-corrected and you can tell from just looking at it. Usually it is pretty easy to tell b/c straight lines won’t be straight. The content will either still have fisheye distortion, or if over corrected, the fisheye distortion will be reversed. Concave lines will then appear convex instead of straight. The down side: this can require a little trial and error to find the right preset.

      • Tom Bammann

        Thanks so much for replying. I’ve also searched Google far and wide. But then GoPro Studio has a button which automagically corrects it, and I doubt that GPStudio would be looking at the lines. I’m sure it must be stored in the file somehow, and to be honest am very surprised no one else has found a way to circumvent GP’s hidden metadata. Either that or GPStudio doesn’t correct it as automagically as I understand it. I can’t honestly say that I’ve tried applying the correction in GPStudio, I cracked this shits with it a year ago when I was making my first few videos and the software was as buggy as hell, and I nearly tore my hair out. Went straight to Adobe PP and have never looked back. Until now, that is! The problem with the trial and error approach is that for 150 videos taken on a holiday, it’s a lot of processing and re-processing when I’ve got it wrong. But perhaps I can apply ‘Wide’ lens correction to everything, leave it to process overnight, and then work it out from there. Another option for next time is (if there is uncertainty in what fields of view were used throughout many many videos) to process all the videos first with GPStudio, and THEN import them into Adobe PP. If I ever find a way to read what FOV they are recorded in I’ll be sure to report back 🙂

      • Tom Bammann

        For what it’s worth, I got a timely response from GoPro. So it appears they definitely do record what FoV was used, and each file contains that information somewhere. But, possibly because they want to be the only software provider that does fish-eye distortion correction auto-magically (without having trial and error involved), they’ve made it hard for us to access the data. That’s a strike against the GoPro name as far as I’m concerned:

        “Hi Tom,
        Thanks for reaching out to us. I am sorry to hear about the confusion identifying Wide, Medium and Narrow videos. Unfortunately while the information is present on the file, it is not able to be accessed using Studio or any other player at this point in time. It sounds like you are able to tell visually which ones which. This would be the best course of action.

        I’m sorry I wasn’t able to help further.

        Many Thanks,

        Tara C
        GoPro Support”

  • Dan Fuerth

    You guys are silly, the question should be why use these lenses in the first place if they DISTORT the physical world. You can get the 4.5 MM Rectilinear lens kit and that way no more CURVED WORLD and no need to edit anything. NASA uses these lenses as well so make the Earth Look more curved. These distortion lenses should be banned as they distort our world around us which with your own eyes you do not see anything curved. Even tv shows are not fixing the wide angle distortion and they put out the footage from parachute or sky jumps without fixing the footage so people actually think the physical work actually looks like that.

    • http://digitalformula.net/ Chris Rasmussen

      Lol at saying we’re silly for something that was published 3 years ago. 😉