I’ve had the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition for over a month now, but haven’t experimented with the 4K video option for several reasons. One, I figure YouTube won’t play it (actually it will – but few people have displays that will show true 4K), two – the Hero3 will only record at 15 frames per second and I generally prefer at least 30 fps, and three – I was uncertain about how Adobe Premiere Pro CS 6 would handle this new resolution.

So today I shot the short clip below and learned the following:

  • 4K is exactly twice the size of 1080p – 3840 X 2160 pixels vs 1920 X 1080.
  • Premiere Pro CS6 handles 4K from the GoPro just fine – though not if shot in Protune mode at 12 frames per second.
  • Audio doesn’t sync up very well when 4K 15fps video is imported into Premiere Pro. I had to unlink the audio and slide it back about 3 frames to match the video. Not sure why this happened.
  • The 15fps rate is noticable, but still very usable.

I imagine I could take the Hero3 out to a beautiful expansive location like Linville Gorge and shoot some amazing 4K video. I’d love the option of being able to pull 4K vid into a 1080p project, size it down 50% and then cut to 100% sized segments for closeups without losing resolution. Watch the video below in 1080p off YouTube if you have the bandwidth. You’ll see what I’m talking about.

Here’s a link to a jpeg frame at full 4K resolution so you can see the actual quality you’d get from the Hero3.

I’ll post some cool wilderness vids soon as a followup.