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GoPro to iMovie Workflow: Importing, Editing HD/4K Video

Seeking for advice for GoPro to iMovie best workflow, so as to import and edit GoPro HD or 4K videos flawlessly? Check this article and you will get some hints.

GoPro to iMovie Workflow: Importing, Editing HD/4K Video
As you see, GoPro is the world's first true 1080p and best selling wearable camera. It includes Helmet hero, Surf hero, Hero 960, Hero 2, Hero 3, Hero 3+ and Hero4 now. If you are one GoPro users, you can always use it to capture and share exciting images/videos of outdoor activity. However, when you got some GoPro HD or 4K recordings, you may wanna know how to import GoPro videos to iMovie with a smooth workflow. Now get the tips and tricks from this page.

GoPro camera records 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). H.264 is a final delivery codec it is not one you want to use for editing. Therefore, in order to work with GoPro HD/4K footage in iMovie flawlessly, you first need to convert them to a more editing-friendly format, such a Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie.

Download Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac - The program works as the best GoPro Video Converter for Mac. It helps you fast transcode GoPro Hero4, GoPro Hero3+, GoPro HD Hero3, Hero2 MP4 footage to iMovie preferred formats AIC .mov with fast encoding speed and without quality loss. What’s more, it’s the optimal tool for transcoding GoPro, Sony, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, etc camera or camcorder videos to kinds of NLE programs Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premier Pro, Final Cut Pro, FCE and more. Just download it and follow the simple guide to achieve your goal.

Guide: Converting GoPro MP4 footage for iMovie

1. Add GoPro MP4 video files > Install and launch the GoPro MP4 to iMovie converter and load source MP4 clips no matter in 1080p or 4K to it.

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.

3. Video, Audio 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. 1920*1080 video size and 30fps frame rate are recommended to you.

4. Start GoPro to iMovie Conversion > Click “Convert" button to start encoding GoPro MP4 video to Apple InterMediate Codec .mov for importing to iMovie.

After the conversion, click “Open" button to get the exported files and then import the converted GoPro videos into iMovie(08/09/11) to do further editing without any 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.

Related Guides:
Convert GoPro HD/4K Footage to ProRes for Final Cut Pro
Import GoPro HERO4 Session MP4 footage in Final Cut Pro
Import GoPro media into Sony Movie Studio 13
Edit GoPro Hero4 4K .MP4 Footage in Adobe Premiere Pro
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