Best workflow for Editing GoPro HD footage in Avid MC

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Best workflow for Editing GoPro HD footage in Avid MC

Postby lydia622520 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:04 am

Summary: Facing issues when importing and editing GoPro HD video files in Avid Media Composer? If so, follow the quick-start guide to learn how to convert GoPro HD footages for editing in Avid MC without quality loss.

Summary: With this guide, you can smoothly import and edit GoPro HD footage in Avid Media Composer by transcoding/converting GoPro .mp4 to Premiere Pro nativley supported DNxHD MOV.

Summary: The article shows you the best workaround for editing GoPro videos in Avid Media Composer by transcoding GoPro MP4 to Avid native editing format - DNxHD.

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GoPro is the world's first true 1080P HD and best selling wearable camera which includes Helmet hero, motorsports hero, Surf hero, Hero Naked and Hero 960. Since GoPro HD hero series camera generate high quality action image, people always use it to capture and share their exciting images of outdoor activity. The point here, you will find it a painful experience to importing GoPro camera files to Avid Media Composer for editing. There're some frequently asked questions quoted as below.

"Gopro: import directly into MC or convert in other application
I've been doing some testing with Gopro Hero mp4 material. It imports fine within MC 3.1.3 but importing of a 1 minute clip takes 2 minutes on a XW8400. The limiting factor is the conversion from 960p (4:3) H264 to DV50 or 2:1 MXF by the computers processors. Faster harddrives make no difference.

I've read several threads and found that everybody is having issues with the time Transcoding takes in Mpegstreamclip/TMPGenc/procoder. So, while after Transcoding, media will fast import it's seems that there is no time gained going this road.

Is there anybody that has found a fast reliable workflow that actually saves time?

Is there conversion software that will actually use all available processor cores and available memory to make this process go fast?"

As you know, the GoPro cameras record in MPEG-4 and outputs its files as .MP4 files (the container). The MP4 codec is a final delivery codec it is not one you want to use for editing. To solve these problems, the quick workaround is to convert GoPro MP4 files to Avid natively supported formats. On Avid official website, it recommends DNxHD or XDCAM codec for editing, and DNxHD codec is the first choice. So if you want to edit GoPro HD fooatage in Avid MC smoothly, the quick workaround to transcode GoPro MP4 to DNxHD MOV for AMC. Along with some help from third-party software, it can be done effortlessly. Here I will outline how to transfer and use GoPro camera files in Avid Media Composer without quality loss. If you're facing the issues, read on to find the answer.

First of all, free downloading the App- Brorsoft Video Converter

Overall, the program is an easy-to-use yet all-in-one video conversion app which can be used as a GoPro camera video converer. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Gopro MP4 to DNxHD MOV files, which will create an Avid MC friendly file format keeping the Gopro orginal quality. Besides Avid, this software can also export MPEG-2 for Sony Vegas, Premiere Element, AVI for Pinnacle Studio and more NLE systems for native editing. For Mac users, GoPro HD MP4 Converter Mac is the alternative choice. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Converting GoPro MP4 files to DNxHD MOV for Avid MC

Step 1: Run GoPro video converter and load MP4 clips to it. You can import MP4 clips to the program through "Add Video" button or "Add from folder" button.

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Tip: Check “Merge into one” box to join GoPro H.264 clips together if necessary.

Step 2: Click Format on the main interface and choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format.

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Tip - Profile Settings:
In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings" button and enter “Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3: Click “Convert" button to start encoding Gopro HD MP4 video to DNxHD for importing to Avid Media Composer. When the conversion task is finished, click “Open" button to get the exported files and then import the converted GoPro MP4 files into Avid MC to do further editing without problems.

Additional Tips:
If you want to edit GoPro video in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6, you just need to choose the "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format in the second step; For iMovie, select "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)"; For Adobe Premiere Pro or Vegas Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output.

GoPro Video Preparing Quick-Start Guides for Editing:

GoPro and Premiere workflow | GoPro to FCP 7 Workflow | GoPro files and iMovie 11 | GoPro MP4 in Pinnacle Studio | GoPro footage editing with Windows Movie Maker

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Source:How to Get Avid MC work with GoPro camera video files
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Re: Best workflow for Editing GoPro HD footage in Avid MC

Postby jacknjchn » Thu Jul 11, 2013 3:25 am

Summary: Facing issues when importing and editing GoPro MP4 files in iMovie '11/08/09? If so, follow the quick-start guide to learn how to prepare GoPro videos for editing in iMovie without quality loss.

Summary: The article shows you the best workaround for editing GoPro videos in iMovie by transcoding GoPro MP4 to iMovie native editing format - Apple Intermediate Codec.

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GoPro video cameras like Surf Hero, Hero 960, HD Hero 2, HD Hero 3, etc are familiar with everyone whoever has passion for outdoor activities. The piont here, you will find it a pianful experience to import and edit GoPro HD fotoage with iMovie software. There’re some frequently asked questions quoted as below.

Q1: iMovie Won't Import MP4 Files from my Gopro
For some reason iMovie '11 won't let me import videos. Specifically, I'm trying to add MP4 files that I copied to my hard drive from my GoPro HD 960. For GoPro users, I used the R2 (720p) format. They open properly in QuickTime and VLC but can't be imported into iMovie (or iPhoto). When I select File-->Import-->Movies and browse to the directory where I saved all the .mp4 files on my hard drive, they're all greyed out. Any ideas? This is incredibly frustrating!'

Q2: GoPro video importing as poor quality into iMovie. HELP!
I used a GoPro Hero 3 to film a vacation and I am importing clips into iMovie to create a "music video," but the video is importing at a very poor quality. The video plays fine outside of iMovie. How do I fix this?

As you know, the GoPro cameras record in MPEG-4 and outputs its files as .MP4 files (the container). Files are compressed using the h.264 codec (as opposed to AAC or Xvid and DivX usually found in .AVI containers). So the files you are getting out of GoPro HD are suited to be delivered as is, which is usually not what you want. The GoPro HD being an “always-on” type of camera worn on your helmet, attached to your bike, surfboard or other, you usually end up with long sequences of footage you then need to edit down.

Since the MP4 codec is a final delivery codec it is not one you want to use for editing. To solve these problems, the quick workaround is to convert GoPro MP4 files to iMovie natively supported formats( Apple Intermediate Codec is highly recommended). Along with some help from third-party software, it can be done effortlessly. Here I share a simple guide on how to transcode GoPro HD MP4 files for iMovie 08/09/'11 editing smoothly. If you're facing the issues, read on to find the answer.

First of all, download the App- Brorsoft Video Converter Mac

Overall, the program is an easy-to-use yet all-in-one video conversion app which can be used as a GoPro camera video converer under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8). It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode GoPro MP4 to Apple Intermediate Codec, which will create an iMovie friendly file format keeping the Gopro orginal quality. Besides iMovie, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Sony Vegas, Premiere Element, AVI for Pinnacle Studio, ProRes for FCP, more NLE systems for native editing. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Convert/Import GoPro HD MP4 files into iMovie

Step 1: Add Gopro MP4 video files

Install and launch the GoPro HD MP4 converter and load source MP4 clips to it.

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Step 2: Choose output format

Hit the "Format" bar and select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(*.mov) as output format on the drop-down menu.

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Tip - Profile Settings:
In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings" button and enter “Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3: Start GoPro MP4 to iMovie AIC conversion

Click “Convert" button to start encoding Gopro HD MP4 video to Apple InterMediate Codec for importing to iMovie 08/09/11. When the conversion task is finished, click “Open" button to get the exported files and then import the converted GoPro MP4 files into iMovie to do further editing without problems.

Additional Tips:
If you want to edit GoPro video in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6, you just need to choose the "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format in the second step; For Avid Media Composer, choose "Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)" as output; For Adobe Premiere Pro or Vegas Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output.

GoPro Video Preparing Quick-Start Guides for Editing:

GoPro and Avid MC workflow | GoPro to FCP 7 Workflow | GoPro files and Premiere Pro | GoPro MP4 in Pinnacle Studio | GoPro footage editing with Windows Movie Maker

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Source:How to Prepare GoPro video files for Editing in iMovie on Mac
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