Video Recording With a GoPro in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Alexander D. Vara, John Wu, Alexander Y. Shin, Gregory Sobol, Brett Wiater

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Video recordings of surgical procedures are an excellent tool for presentations, analyzing self-performance, illustrating publications, and educating surgeons and patients. Recording the surgeon's perspective with high-resolution video in the operating room or clinic has become readily available and advances in software improve the ease of editing these videos. A GoPro HERO 4 Silver or Black was mounted on a head strap and worn over the surgical scrub cap, above the loupes of the operating surgeon. Five live surgical cases were recorded with the camera. The videos were uploaded to a computer and subsequently edited with iMovie or the GoPro software. The optimal settings for both the Silver and Black editions, when operating room lights are used, were determined to be a narrow view, 1080p, 60 frames per second (fps), spot meter on, protune on with auto white balance, exposure compensation at –0.5, and without a polarizing lens. When the operating room lights were not used, it was determined that the standard settings for a GoPro camera were ideal for positioning and editing (4K, 15 frames per second, spot meter and protune off). The GoPro HERO 4 provides high-quality, the surgeon perspective, and a cost-effective video recording of upper extremity surgical procedures. Challenges include finding the optimal settings for each surgical procedure and the length of recording due to battery life limitations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e383-e387
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016


  • GoPro
  • Video recording
  • action camera
  • videography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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