GoPro Settings for Spearfishing

BIG chat with YouTube Spearfishing superstar Daniel Mann:) This episode is a huge deep dive into making spearfishing videos with GoPros.We chat the most effective settings to pump into your GoPro, editing system and thought process including which programs you can use. Sprinkled throughout this chat is a tonne of tips and value for the aspiring film-maker. Below are important time event stamps as well as products, videos and other resources shared in this chat. Enjoy! and cheers to Dan for the 2 hour effort and edit!

GoPro Settings for Spearfishing Time Stamps

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1:00 PAL Settings | Frame Rates | USA Standard Settings NTSC vs PAL

Preferences > Region > PAL

24:00 Resolution 2.7K vs 4K vs every other option (2.7K won)

28:30 Frame Rates 50 FPS

32:40 Field of View | Linear vs Wide | Linear

34:30 Auto Stabilization On | HyperSmooth

Lowlight OFF

38:30 Protune ON

39:20 Shutter | AUTO

41:05 EV COMP | 0 or -.5 in good light conditions

43:45 White Balance | NATIVE

45:50 ISO Min and Max Values 100 and 400 respectively

46:20 Sharp | Medium or Low (Sharpen in Post)

48:20 COLOR | GoPro

50:00 RAW Audio | Mics | PT Settings leave off, Auto


  • Creating a proxy version in a lower resolution version and when you export the file it creates an edited version in the desired (higher) resolution.

56:00 Video Editing Software OPTIONS

  • Adobe Premier Pro
  • DaVinci Resolve
  • Sony Vegas Pro
  • Final Cut Pro
  • AVID
  • MoVavi

62:30 the other Applications Dan Uses

65:00 Toilet Break/Off on a Tangent

71:10 Dan’s Editing Setup and System. Editing Drive aka Scratch Disc

92:00 Fast Tips for GoPro



  • Full VIDEO interview here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK1Zj7PoMDA
  • Accessories for GoPro Video Guide https://youtu.be/skwzD2akvWQ
  • Daniel’s Cod Video in Denmark https://youtu.be/O3Rnam7n-qQ
  • Nick Fry YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmiSIMW0lgfcMMcKvYOdklQ
  • Daniel Mann on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/daniel___mann/
  • Young Bloods YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/brodiemoss
  • Submerged Psychos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm1W4n4f_ED3QWOK0TIO2Dg
  • SpearHeads TV https://www.youtube.com/user/spearheadstv
  • Richard Leonard Interview https://www.noobspearo.com/noob-spearo-podcast/nsp003-richard-snoek-leonard/
  • Darren Shields Interview https://www.noobspearo.com/noob-spearo-podcast/darren-shields/
  • Michael Takach and Jessie Cripps Interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53zwEDTOrpY
  • Justin Lee Interview https://youtu.be/xWiSGPegn6w
  • Daniel Manns GoPro Headstrap Setup Video https://youtu.be/UF6g5O33rZI

EQUIPMENT MENTIONED (Amazon Affiliate Links)

  • Daniel Mann’s Panasonic VLOG Camera https://amzn.to/2XgWNT6
  • Highly DJI Portable Drone https://amzn.to/2LussJW
  • Ninepin Wetsuits https://ninepinwetsuits.com.au/
  • Grants Guide to Fishes http://www.grantsguidetofishes.com/

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