How to Remove Fisheye Distortion from Your GoPro Footage in 20 Seconds

If you want to remove the fisheye distortion from your GoPro footage, you can do it in less than 20 seconds.

GoPros are awesome little cameras for thrill-seekers looking to document their adventures, but there are plenty of filmmakers that put them to work on their projects, as well. They're cheap, small, light, and can record in 4K, which make them excellent b-roll cameras when you need one in a pinch; the only problem with that, though, is the lens distortion. 

In order to do what they're made to do, GoPros capture an extremely wide field of view resulting in fisheye distortion, which is no good when all of your other footage doesn't have any. But, you can fix it in post (did I just say that?) and if you use HitFilm, you can do it in under 20 seconds. Just follow this crazy short tutorial from Aidin Robbins.

Don't worry if you don't use HitFilm to edit your work; the process is just as easy in any other video editor. For those who are using Premiere Pro, all you have to do is go to the Effects panel, choose Video Effects, Distort, and then drag Lens Distortion onto your clip. From there you can adjust the Curvature slider in the Effect Controls panel until you remove the unwanted distortion. 

Boom. You're done!     

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Woww.. What a super quick tip.

December 16, 2017 at 10:58PM, Edited December 16, 10:58PM

Sameir Ali
Director of Photography

Oho, now, its very easy to do, thanks for the awesome tip.
Regards -

December 17, 2017 at 4:08AM, Edited December 17, 4:08AM


anyone tried Goprostudio?
a best way to read protune (log) file from gopro, convert in a di like cineform with right convertion color / contrast curve and if you want you can correct fisheye distortion with exact math shape of gopro lenses, be cause is produced from the same developer of hardware...
instead to try diy techniques that to solve a problem, try the real workflow developed in years from the creators of gopro, you could discover a lots of power under gopro cam...
and .. it's free :-)

December 17, 2017 at 1:31PM, Edited December 17, 1:32PM

Carlo Macchiavello
Director (with strong tech knowledge)

This was my first thought when I saw this "headline," the software that ships with your camera does this and always's just that 99% of annoying YouTube people never bother to check the box.

December 17, 2017 at 5:20PM