Importing GoPro HD Hero2/Hero3 MP4 files to Premiere CS6

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Importing GoPro HD Hero2/Hero3 MP4 files to Premiere CS6

Postby lydia622520 » Wed May 22, 2013 6:39 am

Summary: With this guide, you can smoothly import and edit GoPro HD (Hero2, Hero3) Footage in Adobe Premiere Pro(CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6) by transcoding/converting GoPro .mp4 to Premiere Pro compatible WMV or MPEG-2 video.

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GoPro video cameras- Surf Hero, Hero 960, HD Hero 2, HD Hero 3, etc are familiar with everyone whoever has passion for outdoor activities. The point here, you will find it a painful experience to import and edit GoPro HD MP4 movies with Adobe Premiere Pro software. There’re some frequently asked questions quoted as below.

Q1: only as the sound but no vision
I have several hours of footage taken with a GoPro HD Hero3 at 720p 60fps (mp4) and am trying to create my first movie, but frustratingly they show up only as the sound but no vision when I import these MP4 files to Adobe Premier Pro CS6?

Q2: rendering video problem
I use Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and I got some experience with it. I started with importing the video material(1280x720 60FPS) from my GoPro HD Hero2 Camera. While editing I obviously used the video preview window to see the result of my editing and the video quality was fine! Time to render. After the rendering process was done the video quality turned out really bad! I can't figure out what I’m doing wrong!

As you know Gopro records MP4 videos, but it seems Adobe Premiere Pro(including the recent Premier Pro CS6) does not like the way. The file type is a compressed output format, but not ideal for editing in NLE system. To solve those problems, the quick workaround is to transcode MP4 files to Premiere Pro natively supported formats (MPG/WMV/MOV are highly recommended). Along with some help from third-party software, it can be done effortlessly. Here I share a simple guide on how to convert GoPro HD MP4 files for Adobe Premier Pro editing smoothly. If you’re facing the issues, read on to find the answer.

Downloading the App- Brorsoft Video Converter

Overall, the program is the best Video Converter for GoPro HD footage. With this Gopro video converter, you can effortlessly transcode Gopro MP4 to MPEG-2 or MOV, which will create an Adobe Premiere friendly file format keeping the Gopro orginal quality. Besides Premiere, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Sony Vegas, Premiere Element, AVI for Pinnacle Studio and more NLE systems for native editing. For Mac users, Video Converter Mac is the alternative choice. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Convert/Import GoPro HD Hero2/Hero3 MP4 files to Premiere Pro

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

Click "Format" pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well.

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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 video conversion

Click "Convert" button to start encoding Gopro HD MP4 video to MPG/MOV/WMV for importing to Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6. When the conversion task is finished, click "Open" button to get the exported files and then import the converted GoPro MP4 files into Adobe Premiere Pro to do further editing

Related Guides and Tips:

How to import GoPro MP4 to Final Cut Pro 7
How to ingest GoPro MP4 footage in iMovie 11
How to edit AVI videos in Premiere Pro
How to load GoPro footage to Pinnacle Studio
Transfer Hero3 MP4 clips into Premiere Pro CS6
Encode GoPro Hero3 MP4 files to DNxHD video for Avid MC
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Re: Importing GoPro HD Hero2/Hero3 MP4 files to Premiere CS6

Postby lydia622520 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:06 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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