Step 3. Convert GoPro video codec to shrink size.
Move your mouse to the bottom of the main interface, where you're able to select the output format under "Video" category. For more output formats, tap "Target Format" icon to make the output profiles pop-up. With 420+ preset profiles, you're allowed to transcode GoPro big-sized 4K video/slo-mo video to HEVC, MOV, MKV, FLV, WMV, 3GP, WebM, AVI or directly choose web video profiles (YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, General Web Video incl.) with higher compression efficiency and highest possible quality (High Quality Engine). If you have no idea about the video upload limits for YouTube, Instagram or other sites, the following table and tips might be helpful.
Recommended Codec Formats & File Size for Top Video Sites
|Preferred Video Codecs
||High Profile H264, HEVC
|Best Video Formats
|Maximum Upload video size
||128 GB or 20GB (if the browser you use isn't updated)
||500 Mb per week for Basic account
5 GB per week for Plus account
20GB per week for Pro account
1. To upload large-sized GoPro 4K/2.7K/1440p/1080p video to YouTube/Vimeo/Dailymotion, it's highly recommended to use HEVC codec, which has been proven to deliver around 62% bitrate savings at 1080p and 64% bitrate savings at 4K 2160p when compared to H.264. More importantly, the higher compression efficiency HEVC brings doesn't come at any cost of quality. You can get the equally same or even better quality contrasted with H264.
2. At the touch of Instagram video uploading, it mainly depends on the video resolution and bit rate of your GoPro videos. For the GoPro Hero 5 Black recorded video at 480p/720p with 30/45Mbps, you're advised to choose VP8 codec, which is almost identical to H264 in video quality while saving 72% bitrate. For the GoPro Hero 6 Black shot 4K/2.7K/1440p/1080p videos, H264 outperforms VP8 in every single aspect.
3. On top of the common H264, HEVC and VP8, other video formats like FLV, 3GP, WMV, WebM are also excellent in video reduction and widely supported by most SNS platforms. Yet, it's a zero-sum game. You win smaller file size and lose video quality if you opt for one of them.
4. Vimeo prefers High Profile H264 encoded video for uploading. If your original GoPro video is shot at H264 baseline or main, it doesn't matter. This GoPro video processing software provides you with the High Profile H264 option under Codec Option.