No one would like to upload raw GoPro footages to YouTube if he or she knows how to make videos more attractive through post-editing. Don’t think of video editing as a thing that only professional video editors can do. Actually, it isn’t as difficult as you imagine. There’re quite a lot of newbie-friendly video programs that make it easy for anyone to edit and process GoPro videos. In this post, we will introduce two pieces of well-rated GoPro video software for beginners and also two for advanced users.
Pros: VideoProc is a lightweight, easy-to-use, feature-rich, and reasonably priced program. It is a good choice for beginners. This tool can make video processing work right, even if it is installed on a low-end computer. Fully supporting Intel/NVIDIA/AMD hardware acceleration, it can transcode and process GoPro videos including large 4K HEVC files at fast speed.
Cons: The editing features VideoProc offers are not enough for power users.
Overview: VideoProc is a piece of multifunctional video processing software compatible with Windows and Mac. Generally, it does video converting, audio converting, DVD digitizing, video downloading, screen/webcam recording, and also video editing.
VideoProc comes with several options specially designed for GoPro users, namely, stabilizing shaky GoPro videos, reducing background noise, and correcting fisheye lens distortion. Apart from them, there’re many other useful features that GoPro users will love.
It can change GoPro video format, from HEVC to H.264 for instance, downscale or upscale video resolution, cut off unwanted parts, split a long GoPro footage into small pieces, merge multiple video clips into a single one file, increase the brightness of videos which you shoot in low light conditions, and more. In addition, VideoProc can troubleshoot some errors, such as “GoPro Quik won’t play video“, by compressing and converting video.
- Quik for Desktop
Pros: You don’t need to spend a penny to use its features.
Cons: Quik no longer comes bundled with GoPro Studio for more advanced video editing options. Additionally, low-end computer may experience not responding or crashing problems, because Quik has high system requirements.
Overview: Quik for Desktop is created by GoPro and exclusively for GoPro files. It is available to automatically import your GoPro videos from your camera or SD card, organize them, edit them, and share them straight to Facebook, YouTube and more.
With Quik, you can use a ready-made template for your video, apply video effects and transitions, choose favorite soundtrack from its music library and add it to your GoPro footage, and more. Quik provides a lot of options to you.
Since Quik doesn’t offer as many features as VideoProc on video processing, it comes second in our list of top GoPro video software for beginners.
- Adobe Premiere Pro
Pros: It is a fully functional video editor, with which GoPro users can make their footage look cinematic and professional.
Cons: It is expensive, complicated, and time-consuming, so for starters VideoProc and Quik should be better choices.
Overview: Adobe Premiere Pro is a piece of well-known and powerful video editing software. So, it should have a place in this list. Premiere Pro provides quite extensive capabilities and features, thus it can create everything from feature films to web videos. It empowers you to perform any edit you want on your GoPro footages. It should be noted, however, you may fail to import GoPro HEVC files into its trial version. If you want to try before you buy, you can use VideoProc or something else to convert HEVC to another supported format first.
Pay $20.99/month, and you will get Adobe Premiere Pro for GoPro video editing along with more applications and services including Premiere Rush CC, 100GB of cloud storage, Adobe Fonts, Adobe Portfolio, Adobe Spark with premium features.
- VEGAS Pro
Pros: VEGAS Pro offers all the tools for creating high-quality videos.
Cons: New users need to take some time to familiarize themselves with the UI and tools. VEGAS Pro’s standard version charges $599. The price may scare off some people. One more thing, it isn’t compatible with Mac.
Overview: VEGAS Pro is another professional video editor we recommend to GoPro users. It allows you to customize user interface and do many editing tasks, such as making HDR work, stabilizing shaky videos, creating subtitle, tracking moving objects and then pinning text or video to them, applying color grading, special effects, and filters.
VEGAS Pro supports many plug-ins, including Magix eFX plug-ins for modern audio effects, Picture-in-Picture OFX plug-in, Crop OFX plug-in, and LUT OFX plug-in.
Apart from editing videos from GoPro or other devices, VEGAS Pro is also available to edit audios and author discs.