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Old 11-11-2011, 01:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Working with GoPro POV footage?

Folks I'm looking for some software to edit GoPro footage, when I say "edit" I'm just talking about editing out sections splicing in new sections, adding music, slow motion stuff like that. Not interested in messing with contrasts, color, exposure saturation all that dark room stuff atlest not for now just basic editing.

Also I do't want some process where I have to export to an AVI or some other "non lossy" format to edit and then re-compress\package with the MP4 container and h.264 compression.

Using quad core Windows 7 laptop
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Which OS are you working with? iMovie on OS X (Mac) can handle GoPro footage natively. For Windows, you'll probably need something like Vegas Pro to edit the HD footage, since I don't think Windows Movie Maker can handle HD natively. If you want free but limited ability (pretty much just cutting out clips, etc), VirtualDub or MPEG Streamclip will work.
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Windows movie maker can handle it.. its just the crappiest app ever!
free though if you don;t already have it.
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On Windows, the newer Windows Live Movie Maker works pretty well compared to the old Windows Movie Maker (and can handle HD), but it is still pretty limited compared to the non-free options.

A good value option for more capability is Adobe Premiere Elements, which you can get for about $80. I think Sony Vegas Movie Studio is another lower-cost alternative with a lot of capability, but I haven't used it. Of course, if you have the money and high demands, go for Sony Vegas Pro, or Adobe Premiere Pro.

For a Mac, if iMovie doesn't suit your needs, the Adobe Premiere options are available there, or you could get Final Cut Pro.

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On Windows, the newer Windows Live Movie Maker works pretty well compared to the old Windows Movie Maker (and can handle HD), but it is still pretty limited compared to the non-free options.

A good value option for more capability is Adobe Premiere Elements, which you can get for about $80. I think Sony Vegas Movie Studio is another lower-cost alternative with a lot of capability, but I haven't used it. Of course, if you have the money and high demands, go for Sony Vegas Pro, or Adobe Premiere Pro.

For a Mac, if iMovie doesn't suit your needs, the Adobe Premiere options are available there, or you could get Final Cut Pro.

Can any of those apps work directly(and well) with MP4 and h.264 files or do I have dick around with all kinds of conversions? Thanks
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no converting these days. you just need to make sure you have the right drivers installed.
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no converting these days. you just need to make sure you have the right drivers installed.

kick ass thanks allot, everyone's been super helpful, hopefully 720p\60 and 1080p\30 don't crush my laptop
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your Video card is your best friend when it comes to handling and editing HD video these days..
you want a HD compatible vid card with lots of vid card memory. most newer laptops work pretty well these days too. i do all my editing on a PC but my laptop works ok, just not as fast and can be chuggy in preview.
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your Video card is your best friend when it comes to handling and editing HD video these days..
you want a HD compatible vid card with lots of vid card memory. most newer laptops work pretty well these days too. i do all my editing on a PC but my laptop works ok, just not as fast and can be chuggy in preview.
Gonna be 900 miles from home for the next 5 monthes so I can't drag the PC with me in the station wagon
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Can any of those apps work directly(and well) with MP4 and h.264 files or do I have dick around with all kinds of conversions? Thanks
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no converting these days. you just need to make sure you have the right drivers installed.
^ What he said

All of those will directly import h.264 MP4 files, but Windows Live Movie Maker ad will only publish to WMV format. Adobe Premiere and all the others (I believe) also support publishing to h.264 MP4 as an option.
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