Thursday, November 13, 2014

GoPro Hero4 Workflow: 4K MP4 to Adobe Premiere Pro

Summary: If you have any issue when importing GoPro Hero4 4K MP4 files to Adobe Premiere Pro, just follow this simple guide, which offers you a quick fix for the problems with GoPro Hero 4 footage and Premiere Pro.

GoPro Hero4 is the most advanced GoPro yet. Featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates, HERO4 Black takes Emm Award-winning GoPro performance to a whole new level. Incredible high-resolution 4K30 and 2.7K50 video and high frame rate 1080p120 video enable stunning, immersive footage of you and your world. The point here, you will find it a painful experience to upload GoPro Hero4 4K to Adobe Premiere Pro. And there're some frequently asked questions quoted as below.

Q: Hero 4 footage in Premiere Pro CC
Has anyone out there been editing footage from their Hero 4 in Premiere Pro CC? I have not been able to get clean playback in Premiere Pro CC, it's always choppy. I was wondering if anyone else is having this issue or if anyone is getting clean playback. This is a question specific to Premiere Pro CC, thanks.

Although Adobe Premiere Pro is compatible with MP4 format, a compressed output H.264 .mp4 from GoPro Hero4 is not ideal for editing. What’s more, Adobe PP CS6, CC can handle 4K files without much problem, but it is extremely hardware intensive. When you tried to load some 4K MP4 files from GoPro Hero 4, you will find it’s hard work. To solve those problems, the quick workaround is to transcode GoPro Hero4 MP4 files to Adobe Premiere natively supported formats. Along with some help from third-party software, it can be done effortlessly. Here I share a simple guide on how to convert GoPro Hero4 4K files for editing in Adobe Premiere Pro smoothly. If you’re facing the issues, read on to find the answer.

First you need to download Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. Overall, the program is the best Mac Video Converter for GoPro Hero4 footage, which will create an Adobe Premiere Pro friendly file format- MPEG-2 keeping the original quality in OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion and more. Besides Premiere, this software can also export professional encoders like DNxHD for Avid, ProRes for Final Cut Pro, AIC MOV for iMovie and more. For Windows users, Video Converter is the alternative choice. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Guide: GoPro Hero4 4K MP4 files to Adobe Premiere Pro best workflow

Step 1: Add GoPro MP4 videos

Install and launch the GoPro Video Converter, and then click "Add Files" button to import your GoPro Hero4 4K clips to the software.

Tip: If you wanna combine GoPro MP4 video clips into one file, you can click the "Merge into one" box.

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.

Step 3: Convert GoPro Hero4 video to Premiere Pro

Click the Convert button under the preview window; the converter will start encoding GoPro Hero4 4K MP4 for importing to Premiere Pro.

Some more helpful features of the GoPro Hero4 Video Converter:

1. Settings- Click it to customize audio and video parameters Video Codec, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels. We advise you to adjust the A/V parameters to be the same with source MP4 footage so as to bear least quality loss at proper file size. Of course, if you don’t stick with 4K video, you can downsize 4k to 1080p for easier editing on your computer.

2. Editor (next to "Add" icon)- Click to set watermark, trim, crop, add subtitles, etc.

3. If you want to smoothly edit GoPro Hero4 footage 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.

Soon after the conversion is finished, just click "Open" button to get the converted GoPro Hero4 footage for editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5/CS6/CC perfectly.

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