How to Transcode GoPro 4K HEVC to H264 Codec
Free download this GoPro 4K video processing software on your Windows or macOS computer, the best of which should support Intel QSV/Nvidia/AMD GPU hardware acceleration. Only in this way can you accomplish GoPro Hero 8/7/6 4K H265 to H264 conversion without any software half-crash trouble, 95% CPU usage, laptop lagging problem at GoPro 4K HEVC processing. Read this article if you're interested in how VideoProc's full GPU acceleration influences GoPro 4K HEVC video processing.
After the HEVC video transcoder downloading and installation are finished, fire it up on your desktop and then cut to the chase.
Step 1. Load GoPro 4K HEVC files.
Tap Video icon to enter video processing window, where you're allowed to click Add Video option or directly drag-drop files to this program. Batch import and batch conversion are supported, as well.
Step 2. Choose H.264 as output format.
Select MP4 (H264) as output format from the bottom bar with Target Format nearby. Under "Video", there are also other widely used formats available, e.g., MOV (H264), 4K H264, iPhone (H264), Android (H264), to name a few. And click Codec Option to change H264 profile from the default Main to High Profile if you care a lot about quality.
For more formats and devices, click Target Format to activate the pop-up output profiles, including general video profile (HEVC, H264, MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, FLV, WebM, WMV, 3GP, SWF), mobile video profile (Apple, Android, Samsung, Huawei, Sony, Microsoft), web video profile (YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo), DVD profile (NTSC/PAL DVD format), HD video (MKV HD, TS HD, AVC HD), etc.
For latter convenient usage of frequently used profiles, you can hit the plus icon + at the bottom bar to add your desired profiles here. Delete seldom-used profiles via its cross icon at the top of each profile.
Step 3. Do some HEVC video editing before conversion. (Optional)
It's known to all that HEVC (H265) can encode GoPro video with at least 50% bitrate saving compared to H.264. Hence, if converted to H264 codec, the file would twice the size of the original GoPro 4K HEVC video. For example, your 10GB GoPro 4K H265 video would double in size so that your 16GB/32GB iPhone or Android mobile may have no enough space to save them.
In such case, proper HEVC video editing is seemingly inevitable. To make GoPro 4K video size smaller, there are a couple of options available:
* Cut: enable Cut at the video info bar to freely set up video start/end time to trim GoPro 4K videos in HEVC/H265. Thus, you can save and highlight your GoPro Hero 6 recordings without tedious clips.
* Split: shift your eyes to the bottom of the interface and find Toolbox, from which you hit Split to split your video averagely into 5/6/7 clips or split GoPro video every 30/60 seconds at your disposal.
More editing features: the afore-mentioned features are just a tip of the iceberg. VideoProc is a GoPro-focused versatile program to help you solve almost any tough GoPro problems, including remove background noise from GoPro video, fix GoPro fisheye distortion, stabilize GoPro 4K HEVC shaky video, add special effects to GoPro, sharpen GoPro video light, slow down your GoPro video 10X, etc. No complicated steps. Just 1 click to customize your GoPro 4K HEVC/H264 videos!
Step 4. Convert GoPro 4K HEVC to H264 Now
Click RUN button after you've already selected the output folder to save your output GoPro 4K video. This GoPro video processing software will begin to decode GoPro Hero 8/7/6 4K x265 video and encode to H264 at GPU hardware accelerated speed of 250-320FPS and with CPU temperature only 35C, away from CPU overheating/desktop lagging problems.
With Level-3 GPU hardware acceleration enabled, VideoProc only costs you 5m49s to finish a 10min GoPro 4K 60FPS x265 to x264 conversion. Thus, GoPro Hero footage not playing problem is easily tackled and you can now playback your GoPro Hero 8/7/6 recordings on your iPhone iPad Android, Windows/macOS desktop smoothly or edit GoPro 4K video in any software without video incompatibility or doubled computational complexity troubles.