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Edit GoPro HD videos Free Fast and Easy

Unlike the standard GoPro that recorded in .wma, the GoPro HD are encoded in mpeg4 h.264 format. Now although this format has been around for quite some time, a lot of video editors will not import the MP4 format.
Like many others I was unpleasantly surprised by this, and I did not have a clue where to start, so in all cases like this, I got my help from Google.
What I did know, is what I did NOT want.

  1. To spend a lot of money on a professional video editor
  2. A massive resource hog running on my computer
  3. To have to spend 6 years of intensive training to be able to use the editor.

My first break came when I stumbled on the excellent and very helpful Highball Blog and especially the posts about the GoPro HD.

Kudos to Constantin for the excellent very well detailed posts on his site… have a look for yourself www.highballblog.com you’ll be sure to learn something.

After a lot of further research and a lot of trials and errors I have come up with the following method to edit my GoPro HD videos, and the best of all, it is 100% FREE and very Easy.

Now I am not saying that the way I do it is ideal, or better than any other way, all I’m saying is that it gets the job done and it’s free and it’s easy.

Here are the steps and programs I use :


GoPro MP4 convert chart

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Step 1 : Converting to Avi

Convert the GoPro HD MP4 to .AVI files using the excellent Free MPEG Streamclip, download at www.squared5.com [ remember Quicktime is needed to run MPEG Streamclip]

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mpeg streamclip

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MPEG Streamclip

Convert to .AVI

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MPEG Streanclip

Experiment with these settings

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Mpeg Streamclip

Streamclip is now Converting the file to .avi

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Step 2 : Editing the .Avi Video with Windows Movie Maker

Now your video has been converted to .avi, you can add it to Windows Movie Maker to add some titles, comments and credits.

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Windows Movie Maker

Create a movie with your now .avi videos

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windows movie maker

Publish movie to your computer

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windows movie maker

Publish your movie

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Step 3 : Convert back to MP4

Now that your video has been published, you will notice how sharp it looks, however you will also notice the huge size it has become. To be able to publish this video online, we will have to reduce the size, we can do this without losing noticeable quality by converting the video back to MP4 format.

There are probably tons of programs that do this, but I found that the Leawo MP4 Converter did an excellent job, and is lightweight, very easy to use, fast and stable, in fact I was so impressed by the Free version I actually upgraded it, costing me a whopping $19,- giving me a few handy extras.. But the Free version does the job nicely

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Leawo

Open up Leawo to convert the avi to MP4

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Leawo

Add video and Edit your prefered settings

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I do not add audio to my videos (yet), I use the Audio Swap option at YouTube, so I set my “Video Quality” to High, and my Audio quality to Low.

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Leawo

extra editing options available with the Leawo MP4 Converter Pro $19.95

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That’s it, very easy and very cheap, and the end result looks like this




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Comments

  1. thank you soooo much – i recon youve save people hours of stuffing around

  2. Thank you for sharing great ideas – cost effective and a great option to edit GoPro videos.

  3. Im a little confused why you would convert to AVI then convert back to MP4… I understand that you want to keep the file size down but, your spending good money on a goprp HD1/2, then converting to AVI you loose quality, the convert back to MP4, loose more quality. why did you buy a gopro in the first place if your going to loose quality on editing. you can pick up decent editing suits for little money where you edit the raw MP4 footage and loose little to no quality.

    Honestly, if your that tight, buy a cheaper camera in the first place.

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