With the release of the HERO5 product line, GoPro gives another option - GoPro Quik to edit their contents. It's primarily designed to help you quickly (as the name implies) make simple edits, and upload GoPro videos to Facebook or YouTube. You can access and import your GoPro camera clips directly and cut out the redundant parts of your GoPro videos. It's quite simple that you can trim GoPro videos within several steps.
1. Plug your GoPro HERO5/6/7 camera into the computer using the USB cable that came with your GoPro. Turn on the camera on and the Quik for desktop will detect it and display its details in the Device Window. And Click on the blue IMPORT FILES button to import GoPro clips to Media Library.
2. Select Media or Recently Added along the left sidebar for a particular clip or time lapse sequence that you would like to trim.
3. Double click or right click to open and view the video clip.
4. Click on the scissors icon along the lower left corner. There will be a blue in and out marker, move it side to side to the area that you would like to trim.
5. Press the Save button along the lower right hand corner to save you clip. Then press OK. If needed, you can share the trimmed GoPro video to Facebook or YouTube.
Alternatively, what if you'd like to cut a couple of videos all at once for a perfect workflow? Things are different since step 2. You need select several clips and open in create mode, hover over and choose HiLight moments, delete or shuffle cut if needed, add music you desired, and finally save your GoPro video and post it to Facebook or YouTube if necessary.
However, things don't always go to plan. As I cut GoPro HERO7/6/5 videos with Quik, I was stumped by some problems. Meanwhile, I found I'm not alone when I'm trying to search solutions from GoPro Forum. Here is a list of the main problems that I and other GoPro users have ever met.
● Fail to import video. When connecting your camera to your computer via USB cable, the device doesn't appear in GoPro App for Desktop. Even if the camera is recognized, GoPro Quik won't import videos still, since there is a "No Files to Import" notice appears and the "Space Used" bar is clearly showing some data inside the micro SD card.
● Clip in wrong place. Following the above steps in View mode, yet get a random selection from the original source video, having little to nothing to do with the portion I highlighted...
● Black screen with audio. There are also cases that you can import files and they play fine. But once you edit in Quik (cut out a clip, add speedometer etc), there is a playback error on saved clip, which has no video, just a black screen with audio. But the speedometer is there and functional.
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● Huge quality loss. When the GoPro video is trimmed through scissor-shaped create clip button in View mode, your GoPro video looks bad with a quality loss. What's worse, things are severer in Create mode. As I input a 4K 30fps, 57Mb/s bitrate video, I finally get a video of 1080p 30fps 14Mb/s, which looks embarrisingly pixellated.
● 15/30/60 seconds limit in create mode. If you'd cut and edit your GoPro videos in Create mode, your final video length will be limited at 15, 30 or 60 seconds, which are friendly for Facebook and YouTube sharing. But it's too rigid for some GoPro users since they cannot customize and export a longer video.
For that, many GoPro users are just on the fence, hesitating to insist on trimming GoPro videos with Quik, or turning to another GoPro video cutter, like VideoProc. So, GoPro Quik vs VideoProc, which is easier to cut GoPro videos? Scroll down for the answer!
VideoProc is an easy-to-use, quick-to-learn, and surprisingly powerful video editor, allowing you to cut GoPro videos easily, such as trimming head and/or the tail of your footage, split videos into fragments, and cut out the redundant parts and splice the rest of clips together. Unlike GoPro Quik's trimming available only for GoPro source clips, VideoProc accepts everyfootage and does more than video trimming, but also a series of video edits like cropping GoPro video frame size, merging several clips into a single one, making a video rotation, turning the volume up/down, correcting video brightness, contrast etc. Besides, the impressive Toolbox is specifically designed to cater to the unique features of GoPro, enabling you to correct GoPro fisheye distortion, remove background/wind noise, stabilize shaky GoPro footage and so on.
VideoProc is fast, too, using the Intel QSV/NVIDIA/AMD hardware acceleration, while taking advantages of multi-core CPU processors, and Hyper-Threading technology. Meanwhile, the unique auto copy mode can cut/trim GoPro videos without video re-encoding at even faster speed. Put it all together, VideoProc achieves up to five times faster than GoPro Quik and similar apps.
Firstly, you need free download VideoProc on Windows 10/8/7 or Mac version on Mac OS 10.6 and above. I'm working on my Windows desktop here to clip GoPro footage, yet the GoPro video editing tutorial follows the same steps on macOS.
You may have a rough idea on the differences of video trimming between VideoProc and GoPro Quik. But that's not all. There are also some indispensable features both on VideoProc and GoPro Quik, giving facility to you for cutting GoPro footage easily. Now check the short rundown of GoPro Quik vs VideoProc comparison and find out which is easier for trimming GoPro videos.
|Input & Output||Input: Accept every footage,
Output: 420+ output formats
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|Input: Videos in GoPro camera, or GoPro SD card,
Output: AVC, H.265, MP4, MOV
|Output quality||Original, up to 8K, 4K 60fps||Macximum output video in 1080p 60fps|
|Easy-to-use||Yes, take no time to master||Yes|
|Trim and splice video clips||Yes||Yes|
|Crop video frame size||Yes||No|
|Make a video rotation||Yes||Yes|
|Add sutitles and watermarks for video||Yes||No|
|Add music tracks for video||No||Yes, 10 tracks limit for free accounts|
|Remove background noise||Yes||No|
|Edit effect, brightness, saturation, contrast, etc.||Yes||Yes|
|Upload video from GoPro camera automatically||No||Yes|
|Extracted photos from Videos or Time lapses||Yes||Yes|
|Share to YouTube/Facebook||No, but offers preset profiles for YouTube, Facebook||Yes, sign in your account for Facebook/YouTube sharing directly|
|Operating System support||Mac OS X 10.6 or above, Windows 7/8/10 (32/64-bit)||Mac OS X 10.10 or above, Windows 10 (64-bit)|
VideoProc and GoPro Quik, you can trim GoPro videos easily in either way. But they vary in different situations. If you'd like to make a quick clip of your GoPro videos and then share it to YouTube or Facebook, it's okay to use GoPro Quik. Yet usually, what you need to do is more than video trimming, but also a series of actions like crop, merge, rotate, fisheye removal, video stabilization etc. to make a polish of your GoPro footage. In that case, you're highly suggested to turn to VideoProc, which not only enables you to trim GoPro footage easily, but also do some other video editing, as well as video transcoding and compression.
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