Importing GoPro HERO4 Black 4K MP4 videos to Premiere Pro

GoPro has announced their latest action camera, the HERO4, in both Black and Silver editions, along with the Hero, an entry-level GoPro. The kind folks at GoPro invited me to try out these cameras last week, in an activity-filled day in San Francisco. The point here, you will find it a painful experience to upload GoPro Hero4 4K to Adobe Premiere Pro. If you have any issue when importing GoPro Hero4 4K MP4 files to Adobe Premiere Pro, just follow this simple guide, which offers you a quick fix for the problems with GoPro Hero 4 footage and Premiere Pro.

The same as its predecessors, the the higher-end Hero4 camera records in MPEG-4 and outputs its files as .MP4 files. Files are compressed using the h.264 codec. So the files you are getting out of GoPro Hero4 Black/Silver are suited to be delivered as is, which is usually not what you want. If you want to import the (4K) MP4 videos from GoPro Hero4 to Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5 for editing, you first need to convert GoPro MP4 to a more editing- friendly format, such a Adobe Premiere’s MPEG-2.

To transcode GoPro MP4 footage for editing in Premiere, you’re highly recommended to use iMedia Converter for Mac which is the best Mac Video Converter for GoPro Hero4 footage. With this Gopro video converter, you can effortlessly transcode GoPro Hero4 Session/Black/Silver, GoPro Hero 3/3+, GoPro HD files to Premiere Pro as well as FCP, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, After Effects and more editing programs. And there is no need to worry about the quality loss. Here is the review.

Note: If you want to import GoPro Hero4 videos to Pinnacle Studio, Sony Vegas Pro, Windows Movie Maker, try the GoPro video converter Windows version. Learn>>how to get the H.265 4K Videos to Adobe Premiere ProBlu-ray/DVD Clips in Premiere Pro and so on.

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Here I share a simple guide on how to convert GoPro Hero 4 MP4 files for Adobe Premier Pro editing smoothly. 

Step 1: Add Gopro Hero4 footage

Install and launch the GoPro Hero4 video converter and load source MP4 clips(not matter in 1080p, 4K) to it.

Step 2: Choose output format

Click “Format” pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well.

Step 3: Advanced Profile Settings

In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. Here personally I recommend you to set the video size as 1920*1080p for better editing. Of course, if you want to get original 4K resolution, just keep the video size as original.

Step 4: Start encoding GoPro Hero 4 videos

Click “Convert” button to start transcoding Gopro Hero4 MP4 video to MPG/MOV/WMV for importing to Premiere Pro CS6/CC or Adobe PP CS3/CS4/CS5.

When the conversion task is finished, click “Open” button to get the exported files and then import the converted GoPro MP4 files into Adobe Premiere Pro To do further editing flawlessly.

Additional features of the GoPro to Adobe Premiere Converter:

1. Settings- Click it to customize audio and video parameters Video Codec, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels. Notice that you can not “convert up” video quality.

2.Editor (next to “Add” icon) – Click to set add watermark, deinterlace, trim, crop, etc.

3. If you want to smoothly edit GoPro Hero4 footage in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6, you just need to choose the “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format; For iMovie, select “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” in the second step; For Avid Media Composer, choose “Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)” as output.

Soon after the conversion is finished, just click “Open” button to get the convert GoPro MP4 files for editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6/CC or Adobe PP CS3/CS4/CS5 perfectly.

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