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The best way for ingesting GoPro HD footage to Premiere Pro CS5/CS6

Facing problems when importing and editing GoPro HD footage in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5/CS6? Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix this issue. Find it out here.

 

Source: How to get Premiere Pro working with GoPro video beautifully

 

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GoPro (Surf Hero, Hero 960, HD Hero 2, HD Hero 3) is an affordable high performance wearable camera to record sporting and other activities. The point here, you will find it a painful experience to ingest GoPro HD MP4 files into Adobe Premiere Pro software for editing on Mac. And below are some frequently asked questions:

 

Q1: Need help with Go Pro Hero 3 and Premiere Pro CS6

I recently acquired PP CS6. I put my clip (30 seconds long) and I go to preview while editing, for the first 1.5 seconds it is fine but then it is very choppy. The audio is fine but the video does not play smoothly. When I save and process the video it is fine. It is frustrating to try to edit video this way. I'm sure I'm missing a step when creating the project but I haven't used Premiere Pro since CS6. This is only happening with Go Pro Hero 3 videos, any of my other cameras are fine. Any ideas? Thanks

 

Q2: rendering video problem

I use Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 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!

 

Well, as we all 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. 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 import GoPro HD footage to Premiere Pro CS5/CS6 for editing without problems, the easy workaround is to convert GoPro MP4 to a more editing-friendly format, such a Premiere's MPEG-2. For this purpose, this article outlines how to convert GoPro camera files for editing in Premiere Pro smoothly.

 

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 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, ProRes for FCP, AIC for iMovie/FCE and more NLE systems for native editing. For Windows users, Video Converter is the alternative choice. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

 

Converting/Import GoPro HD MP4 files to Premiere Pro CS5/CS6

 

Step 1: Add Gopro MP4 video files

 

Install and launch the Mac GoPro HD video converter and load source MP4 clips to it. You can import MP4 clips to the program through "Add Video" button or "Add from folder" button.

 

 

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.

 

 

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 Premiere 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.

 

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; For iMovie, select "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)" 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 iMovie 11 | GoPro MP4 in Pinnacle Studio | GoPro footage editing with Windows Movie Maker

 

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