Resize GoPro 4K Video: 6 Methods to Reduce GoPro Footage File Size Without Quality Loss
GoPro HERO camera will deliver stunning video footages if we set the recording resolution to 4K. But what follows is the unreasonably huge file size. For example, recording a 60-second 4K@30fps video with GoPro HERO4 will occupy approximately 493MB of memory. Although GoPro HERO6 Black uses more advanced HEVC format to encode 4K, the file still remains big. When we shoot a 1-minute 4K@60fps video, it eats about 529MB memory when ProTune is off, and 643MB with ProTune turned on. In addition to taking up too much space, big file will result in choppy playback and edit, uploading time to increase, and failure to send video to WhatsApp, Snapchat, Email and other programs which have strict limitations on file size and length.
To help you solve uploading, playback, editing, and storage problems caused by bulky 4K video files, next we will explain how to resize GoPro 4K video without quality loss. This is an exclusive solution guide on compressing GoPro 4K videos on Windows and Mac computer.
In this article, we will focus on the following things. You may jump straight to your most interested part:
VideoProc offers various ways to process and reduce file size of a video on PC & Mac.
- 1. Reduce video length by cutting, trimming, splitting.
- 2. Convert 4K video codec from H.264 to HEVC to reduce file size by 50% or more.
- 3. Adjust resolution (e.g. 4K to 1080p), bit rate, frame rate, GOP, and others to compress video.
Additional features to process your videos: crop, deshake, denoise, adjust fisheye, add effect, merge splitted files, rotate, flip, slow down (10x) and speed up (16x) footages, fix choppy videos and out-of-sync video audio and more.
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Resize GoPro 4K Videos for Different Scenarios
Scenario 1: Upload GoPro 4K videos to video sharing sites that support long videos, such as YouTube and Facebook
Although YouTube and Facebook allow users to upload long and large files, there're still limits on file size and length. You can check details in the table below. If your GoPro 4K video goes over the limit of YouTube, Facebook or other site, you can use VideoProc to resize and compress it. Before the resizing, to upload a perfect copy for sharing, you can tone down background noise from your GoPro recorded videos.
|Site||Maximum file size / length|
|YouTube|| 2GB / 15minutes
| 128GB / 12 hours
(after verifying Google Account and updating browser to the latest version)
|4GB / 120 minutes|
VideoProc is a piece of one-stop video processing software that can easily resize 4K UHD videos shoot by GoPro HERO4/5/6/7/8, DJI drone, iPhone, or other devices. It helps users reduce both length and file size of a video with ease. Armed with Intel, AMD and NVIDIA powered level-3 hardware acceleration, it can finish resizing or other video processing tasks at super fast speed.
Scenario 2: Share GoPro 4K video to sites or programs that accept short video clips, such as Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Snapchat.
Some sites or applications don't accept long videos.
Instagram: only allows users to upload videos 3 to 60 seconds. | Twitter: restricts the video length to 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
Snapchat: only accepts a video that is less than 10 seconds. | WhatsApp: doesn't set limits for file length, but doesn't permit a video larger than 16MB.
If the video length of your GoPro 4K video goes beyond the limit, you can cut off unwanted segment or split it into multiple smaller pieces with VideoProc. We've illustrated how to cut a video and split a long video into several short video clips in next part.
Scenario 3: Send GoPro 4K video via email, or backup them to DropBox, Google Drive, One Drive, or other cloud storage services.
Email is a convenient way that can help us send files to anyone, only if we know his or her email address. But what we should note here is that every email provider has set maximum attachment size limit, 25MB for Gmail, 25MB for Yahoo Mail, and 20MB for Outlook. To bypass email client's meager attachment size limit, we can make use of a file sharing service such as Google Drive to generate a link to access your GoPro 4K video or resize it using VideoProc before uploading to email.
Scenario 4: Store GoPro 4K video footage to hard drive or storage server for further editing
When you capture a lot of fantastic 4K video footages with your GoPro camera, you may want to store them in an external hard drive, cloud storage server, NAS, or somewhere else, for further editing. However, what may trouble you are that 4K footages require for too much storage space and your video editor becomes choppy after you import a large 4K footage.
Although many GoPro video editors have announced the support for 4K video, users sometimes still run into errors while importing. Check out those Top ten 4K video editors. Professional video editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro itself is big in size and has high requirements for computer hardware. Importing a massive 4K video undoubtedly adds insult to jury.
To solve these issues, you're suggested to refer to the methods below to compress your GoPro 4K videos without compromising quality before saving and editing.