Four Best GoPro Video Editors for Beginners
GoPro video editing can be a simple task for beginners with the help of programs listed here.
VideoProc, a multifunctional video processor, shows off elemental and valuable editing features available for GoPro footage. Both traditional codec H.264 and new format HEVC for particular 4K clips from HERO 6/7 can be well imported to this GoPro video editing software for further processing.
"Easy" is the label of VideoProc. It is designed with an easy-to-navigate interface guiding you to find wanted function options in a breeze. In the toolbox, you can get functional editing tools to basically trim, merge, split, rotate, flip GoPro videos and advanced options to enhance video by stabilizing shaky footage, correcting fisheye and reducing audio noise. Outside the toolbox, more editing shortcuts are provided with you to add effects/watermark/subtitle, cut clips, crop images, adjust playback speed and fix video/audio out of sync error.
"Full GPU Acceleration" is the mystery of ultrafast and smooth performance VideoProc delivers. It utilizes graphic cards (Intel, NVIDIA, AMD) to speed up video editing and processing procedure and meanwhile relieve CPU for other tasks bringing computer into a good workflow. Therefore, you will not experience lagging or crashing error even though you are editing a large-sized 4K HEVC GoPro video. The other thing benefiting from this technique is high quality. The resulting file can remain 98% quality of original image.
More than a GoPro video editor, VideoProc can transcode and compress GoPro (4K) raw footage, download online epic GoPro videos as well as record a tutorial video, for example how to use new GoPro HERO 7 Black.
GoPro Quik for Desktop
Quik is officially made by GoPro and described as "the easiest way to offload and enjoy GoPro photos and videos". It gives quick access to video files from GoPro camera or SD card for organization through automatically importing. Choose your footage, view it in Quik and then you can make quick edits.
HiLights help find and track the best moment of the footage driving you to edit or share much easier. Trimming tools is used to remove extra parts while keeping the most brilliant parts. Gauges and graphs can be applied showing GPS path, speed, elevation gain and more when shooting snowboarding, skydiving or other videos with HERO5/6/7. The library of soundtracks is unlocked when subscribing GoPro Plus, which helps sync great music with video making your work more impressive. Quik also offers a very convenient way to share video clips on Facebook, YouTube and more.
Quik has fairly high system requirements. If you are using an older computer, you may encounter not responding, crashing or other errors when using it to play or edit videos. >> Check Quik System Requirements Here
GoPro Studio, this end-of-life free GoPro video editor, was entirely removed from Quik in August 2017, unavailable to download any more. Nevertheless, a large number of GoPro users still hope to download GoPro Studio and we would like to include it in the top list. Why?
GoPro Studio is that tool perfect for newbies, which features intuitive interface and brief tutorial. Open this GoPro video editing software. The storyboard is shown where you can see a preview window for video playback in the center, media source on the left, effects on the right and timeline below. Now, start editing. It allows you to trim and join video clips, add titles and music, apply effects, adjust fisheye, speed-up or slow-down playback speed and so on. It also wraps the ability to create sequential videos and photos which is usually called time-lapse. What's more, editing templates can help you create a more professional-style clip.
GoPro Studio can do more edits than Quik but comes with several defects like not launching, not working and more. Because of no longer update, it lacks the compatibility with HEVC. If you are recording a 4K HEVC video using HERO6/7, it will go to a failure to edit.
Windows Movie Maker
Windows Movie Maker was included video editing software in Windows until the release of Windows 10. In despite of its discontinuation since 10 January 2017, this program receives favorable reviews and is recognized as a star GoPro video editor for beginners.
Import the raw file into Windows Movie Maker and then you can apply edits. Click Title/Caption to add explanation and annotation. Text tools enable you to set text font, size, bold, italic, transparency, effects and more. Click Add Music. Local or online videos can be applied to the video. You can also adjust the volume or set Fade In/Out. A variety of animations and visual effects are provided to create special looking. Images are able to be darkened or brightened after applying any effect. Trim and split tools are prepared. Playback speed can be switched from 0.125x to 64x. Windows Movie Maker also offers Video stabilization feature to fix shaky GoPro videos. A direct upload service is embedded. Log in your Microsoft account and then you can share the edited video clips to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and more.
Yes, Windows Movie Maker is unavailable now. Its existing errors like not importing/saving your movie, not supporting your movie and so on, can’t be solved. For Windows 10 users, unstable performance happens from time to time although you can run it at the beginning.