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Best Way to Edit GoPro Hero5 Videos in iMovie

Fail to import 4K/HD footage from GoPro Hero5 to iMovies for editing? You’re in the right place. In this post, we aim to solve the issues by providing the best solution.

For outdoor activity lovers, a handy camcorder like GoPro Hero5 the culmination of years of GoPro’s experience with action cameras, designed to be a companion for both adrenaline junkies and those afflicted by the travel bug alike. However, when you try to edit some 4K or HD footages from GoPro Hero5 with Mac’s default editing software iMovie, you may find it’s a painful experience and encounter some issues like below:

Q: “I started with importing the 4K video from my GoPro Hero5 Camera. While after the rendering process was done the video quality turned out really bad! I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong.”

In general, GoPro records in MPEG-4 and outputs its files as .MP4 files (the container). Files are compressed using the h.264 codec. But it’s not the ideal format for iMovie editing. In addition, 4K videos still cannot be well supported by most popular applications including iMovie mainly because of the ultra high video resolution. The fix these issues, we suggest transcode/convert GoPro Hero5 4K videos to iMovie preferred Apple InterMediate Codec in advance.

The job can be done effortlessly with the help of Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. With this Gopro 4K video converter, you can effortlessly transcode Gopro Hero5 4K MP4 to AIC MOV, which will create an iMovie friendly file format keeping the original 4k quality or downsize 4K to 1080p as you want. Besides, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro/Element, ProRes for Final Cut Pro and more NLE systems for native editing.


Step 1. Load Gopro MP4 video files

Install and launch the GoPro 4K Video converter and load source GoPro Hero 5 video clips to it. This video converter supports batch conversion.

Step 2. Set output format

Click the “Format” bar to select output format “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” as the best compatible video format for editing 4K in iMovie.

Step 3. Start the conversion

With above steps, tap the “Convert” button to transcode/convert GoPro 4K MP4 video to AIC .mov for iMovie. Once the conversion is finished, click “Open” button to get the exported files and then import the converted GoPro Hero5 4K files to iMovie for additional editing without hassle.

Read More:

VOB to H.265: Convert VOB Files to H.265/HEVC

Unable to Edit MKV Files in Avid Media Composer?-The Solution

3 Responses

  1. Lotus says:

    Transcoding the video formats is a good solution.

  2. Mike says:

    It works great.

  1. 30th May 2018

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