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Preparing Camera Source Files for Editing

Jake Segraves
posted this on October 20, 2011 05:11 PM

So you've shot a bunch of footage on your GoPro or DSLR camera...now what? Since the H.264 file format used in camera is not designed for editing, you should convert your files into the GoPro/CineForm file format. This format was specifically designed for editing and is compatible with most popular non-linear editing applications (iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, AVID, Vegas, etc.).

Step 1) Launch GoPro CineForm Studio and Import your camera's source files by using the 'IMPORT NEW FILES" button in the top left-hand corner of the application window.

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Step 2) Select the first clip in the bin to open it in the playback window. If you only wish to convert a portion of your video, use the playback controls and the IN and OUT buttons to trim the beginning and ending of the clip.

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Step 3) Select a File Name and Directory Location for the converted clip.

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(Optional Step) Use the "ADVANCED SETTINGS" to set the Resolution, Frame Size, File Format and Quality of the converted file...or just leave these at their defaults. Please refer to the GoPro CineForm Studio User Guide for more information about these options.

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 Step 4) Click the "ADD CLIP TO CONVERSION LIST" button to send it to the Conversion List Bin.

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Step 5) Add more clips to the Conversion List by repeating steps 2-4 for the remaining clips in your bin. Then click the "CONVERT ALL" button.

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CONGRATULATIONS! You now have new GoPro/CineForm files saved in the folder you specified in the "SAVE TO" location in Step 3. These new files can be imported into most popular non-linear editing applications... or take them into the GoPro CineForm Studio EDIT room to make color and framing adjustments.