Tips Solving Problems with GoPro (4K) video and Premiere Elements 10/11/12/13

Meet issues when compress GoPro (4K) video to Premiere Elements? Tips and tricks are given about converting GoPro HD Hero series 4K MP4 video to MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Elements 10/11/12/13 without any issue.

GoPro has added a new model to its Hero line- Hero4. Are you considering get one? As GoPro HD Hero series can generate high quality action image, you may always use it to capture and share exciting images of outdoor activity. Well, when got some GoPro recordings, you will probably want to know how to import GoPro videos to Premiere Elements or other NLEs with a smooth working process? Now, seek for the answer from the following paragraphs.

As you know, the GoPro cameras record .MP4 files (the container), and the files are compressed using the h.264 codec. But it seems that Adobe Premiere Elements(including Elements 13/12/11/10) does not like the way. The file type is a compressed output format; it’s not ideal for editing in NLE system. Plus, if you got some 4K videos from GoPro Hero3, Hero 3+, Hero4, Premiere Elements won’t support them. To solve those problems, the quick workaround is to transcode GoPro MP4 files to Premiere Elements natively supported format like MPEG-2, MOV(AVC) in the best settings(1080p would the best). Along with some help from third-party software, it can be done effortlessly. Here I share a simple guide on how to convert GoPro (4K) MP4 for Premiere Elements editing smoothly.

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Guide: Converting GoPro MP4 footage for Premiere Elements

1. Add Gopro MP4 video files > Install and launch the GoPro MP4 converter and load source MP4 clips to it.

2. Choose output format > To edit GoPro video in Premiere Elements smoothly, you need to choose a proper video format. Click “Format” menu firstly and then follow “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” to set MPG, MOV or WMV format.

3. Video, Audio Settings > If the default settings do not fit you requirement, you can click “Settings” icon to and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. For GoPro 4K videos, you’d better downscale 4K to 1080p as it’s easier for editing in Premiere Elements. For those who wanna 4K resolution, this video app can support keeping original 4K.

4. Start GoPro to Premiere Elements Conversion > Click “Convert" button to start encoding Gopro MP4 video to for importing to Premiere Elements immediately.

After the conversion, click “Open" button to get the exported files and then import the converted GoPro video into Premiere Elements 10/11/12/13 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, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output; For iMovie, set iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(*.mov) as output format. All these presets can ensure smooth editing with your GoPro 4K, 1080p, 720p video clips.

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