To open and edit 4K footage from GoPro Hero4 in Pinnacle Studio smoothly, you will need to transcode GoPro 4K to a more "edit" friendly codec for Pinnacle like MPEG-2.
"I have captured 4k video files with Gopro Hero 4. If I open Pinnacle and locate the mp4 files to edit, it shows up with a big question mark in Pinnacle. If I drag the clip to the time line or storyboard and play the file, I can hear the sound, but there is no image."
"My GoPro Hero record video in .mp4 format, when I try to edit these 4k MP4 in Pinnacle Studio only to get the audio with black screen or get the video without audio."
Pinnacle Studio is one of the most popular video editing software owned by almost everyone, pro-alike and green hand. For users looking for maximum video editing power, Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate also offers new 4K Ultra HD Smart Encoding, support for 4K videos(XAVC S). But based on multiple testing, I found working 4K videos in Pinnacle Studio is a heavy and slow process. And as known to all, Pinnacle Studio is compatible with the MPEG-4 files, but H.264 MP4 from GoPro Hero 4, a compressed output format is still not an ideal editing format.
To prepare GoPro HD footage for editing in Pinnacle, the easy option is to convert GoPro 4K MP4 to Pinnacle Studio supported WMV or AVI files.
Brorsoft Video Converter is a professional tool that can deal with GoPro videos regardless in 4K, 2K or HD to MPEG for Pinnacle Studio editing without quality loss. Plus, with the built-in video editor, you can also choose to trim, crop, add watermark to your original videos. Now just download its free trail version and follow the below guide to convert GoPro 4K MP4 for playing and editing in Pinnacle Studio perfectly.
Guide: Best Way to import GoPro 4K files to Pinnacle Studio natively
Step 1: Load 4K videos from GoPro
Run GoPro 4K to Pinnacle Converter and load 4K MP4 clips to it by clicking “Add” button. You can also drag and drop the 4K files to the software directly from your Hard drive.
Step 2: Choose Pinnacle compatible format
Click “Format” bar and choose "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as output format on the drop-down menu. Of course, you can also choose AVI, MP4, WMV from “Common Video” as the output format.
Tip: You can also click "Settings" to fix the frame rate, bitrate, video size, etc to your needs, that you can play and edit GoPro 4K movies in Pinnacle Studio easily. Generally, 1080p video size is good for Pinnacle editing.
Step 3: Convert GoPro 4K to Pinnacle Studio
Click the convert button under the preview window, the converter will start encoding 4K video from GoPro Hero 3, Hero 4 for Pinnacle Studio.
After the conversion, click the “Open” button to locate converted files, and then you can load the converted GoPro 4K files into Pinnacle Studio 14/15/16/17/18 for editing smoothly with the best quality.
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