Converting GoPro Video

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[ This article was first published in the January, 2011, issue of
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Sara Hoopes asks:

I’ve been shooting a lot with the GoPro camera and have yet to figure out a format that FCP likes from these cameras. They shoot 1080 Mpeg-4 but if I am lucky enough to get them to import the files, they quickly give me errors and red canvas windows, etc. I can’t get it to even import the clips shot at 60fps at all.


Can you tell me what I should be converting these to before importing them into FCP?

Larry replies: Sara, thanks for asking.

Convert them to ProRes 422 using either Compressor or MPEG Streamclip.

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2 Responses to Converting GoPro Video

  1. David Cole says:

    Been a longtime fan/follower and fellow teacher (I teach audio production and Pro Tools at Art Institute, San Diego).

    I recently added the GoPro Hero 2 to my bag of tricks and loving it. Trying to fine tune my workflow and minimize redundant hard disk usage. It seems that FCP X will import footage directly from the camera/card and as long as I choose “create proxy media”, the footage works fine. Am I right? Found an old inquiry on your site (January, 2011) that suggested converting the clips to ProRes 422 first. Any help?

    • Ed Holt says:

      Does this answer still stand since GoPro released CineForm Studio? It seems they have their own conversion to a specialized version of the codec as a built in part of the application.

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