Preparing Camera Source Files for Editing

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.

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    Serena

    Yes, good demonstration of the interface. But somewhat tedious compared to my usual batch conversion using HDLink. Excellent  for Hero camera users.

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    Jake Segraves

    For bulk batch conversions using the same settings, HDLink is very sufficient. If you want to trim the source clip's in and out points or have custom conversion settings on a per clip-basis, then Studio is the way to go.  Thanks for the feedback, Serena.

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    John Wise

    What settings are recommended? What is the difference in Film Scan and other options, do I need to choose 4:4:4:, is this important? Is 12-bit an option, what settings are optimal and what do they add when I pull my footage into After Effects? If I'm going to be performing the rest of my workflow in After Effects and Premiere with final color correction in SpeedGrade, do I need FirstLight? Can the CineForm codec's be read by Prelude and upon ingestion of footage can I transcode to CineForm there? Then, if all I really need is the CineForm codec to prepare my footage for intermediary production, will there be a version of CineForm where I can just purchase the codec?

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    Jake Segraves

    The settings will vary based on your source files and ultimate destination. Please resend this question to support@cineform.com and from there we can tackle your workflow questions. Thanks.

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    Adrian Hargrave

    Is it just me, or have we lost the ability to set in and out points on our DSLR footage through Cineform Studio? As soon as I import footage from my 5D, the trim controls disappear. This never used to happen..

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    Jake Segraves

    Adrian, its not just you. We had to remove the trim options from DSLR content because it was not functioning consistently. We may put them back in a future build.

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    Daniel Yeomans

    After converting my files and importing them in premiere, all the audio has disappeared. Any idea why this might be?? 

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    Andreas

    Hi, I have a problem with batch conversion: I got handed about 200 .mov clips together with an .xml for editing. I want to convert the .h264 clips into cineform. However I have to keep the names intact in order to relink them in the editing. So, HDLink would be my first choice, because GoPro Studio does not allow for batch conversion. However, in HDLink I just cannot find the option for the output directory for a "Convert" operation. In prefs I can define a "Capture Location" but this is not for conversion. The conversion section in the prefs only offer a "Destination File Format". But that is already and should stay .mov which won't work because the files get output into the exact same directory. What am I doing wrong? How can I get it to output identically named files in a destination of my choice?

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    Jake Segraves

    Define the output location by choosing the folder in the 'capture location'. Then check the box that says to 'use capture location for converted files'.

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    Andreas

    Thanks a lot Jake, I missed that option!

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    Terry Hope

    Hello, question about preparing the MP4 files (Not using Protune setting) that GoPro Hero 2 creates before importing in the Cineform Studio

    I sometimes record up to 10-20 minutes of video, and before I import into Cineform I need rotate the video 90 degrees because my GoPro is mounted sideways when filming... plus I trim/cut multiple frames (on b-frames) thru out the video file ...

    I have tried various export/saving settings (and changing the container from avi to MP4) using Avidemux and VirtualDub, but Cineform will not import/recognize any files I make with these programs...

     trimming and rotating before importing to Cineform with Avidemux/Virtualdub possible ?

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    Jake Segraves

    GoPro Cineform Studio has flip and trimming options within the application itself. Use those rather than your 3rd party apps.

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    Terry Hope

    Hi, yes Jake.. I have tried using Cineform 1.3.1 for this, but horizontal and vertical flipping is not the same as rotate 90 degrees

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    Jake Segraves

    Studio will only recognize mp4 files directly from the camera. After conversion you can use the framing tools to rotate it 90 degrees.

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    Terry Hope

    hi Jake, okay thanks... Ive found that after I import my GoPro clip 848x480 120fps to Cineform Studio and I change the Frame Rate in advanced settings to 59.94 or 29.97fps with perserving Audio Pitch selected or left unchecked, and also Speed Up 2x-3x with or without Motion Blur .. . Audio is lost.. basically whenever I use the Speed Up tool audio is lost ?

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    Jake Segraves

    It will preserve the audio if you are just changing the framerate from 120 to something else, but the audio is deliberately disabled when you choose the Speed Up options. That's too much for it to process. So this is normal behavior.

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    Marco Vindas

    Hey, Im new to GoPro and all Im trying to do is convert my 25 min MP4  file (shot with GoPro Hero 2) into AVI, with GoPro CineForm... Ive tried by either changing advance settings (cause I need lower quality files) or by leaving the settings as they are, but, the process starts first with no problems and then it just stops and wont go any further...

     

    Ive tried several times and I just cant figure out what Im doing wrong!!  

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    Jake Segraves

    For conversion issues, please open a support request and we'll troubleshoot from there.

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    Robert Clary

    "GoPro Cineform Studio has flip and trimming options within the application itself. Use those rather than your 3rd party apps."

    My trim controls disappear when I add a clip.

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    James O'Connor

    "My trim controls disappear when I add a clip."

     

    Same. GoPro Hero 3 Black purchased at Best Buy 11/18/2012

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    Jake Segraves

    @James New build coming out within a week or so will address this issue with the Hero 3 Black Edition.

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    Sam Kozer

    Unlike on pictures above when I add a .mov file from my iphone, it plays OK with sound in main (central) window but Advanced Setting does not have a Audio Source-option.

    And, therefore, I think my output avi-file does not have any audio! Any ideas, reasons, solutions, please.

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    Sam Kozer

    Just try to import/convert an mp4 file from Sanyo camera. It also doesn't have an audio optiom in settings. But the resulting avi-file does have an audio.

    Is it a problem with files produced by iphone or something else?

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    Jake Segraves

    Hi Sam,

    iPhone files are not supported because they don't contain consistent framerate details. The software was actually designed to support GoPro mp4 files and Canon DSLR mov files. We made no claims for support for other cameras. If they work, that is an added benefit, but not something we intended. With this in mind, I don't have any suggestions on how to get these other 'unsupported' formats to work in Studio, but you can use other tools (Adobe Media  Encoder, etc.) to convert them into GoPro CineForm files.

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    dan bauer

    Hi Jake,

    whenever I load a video (GoPro HD Hero MP4), the trim buttons disappear!

    What's wrong?

    Thanks

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    Jake Segraves

    Those do disappear for some higher datarate source files. This is deliberate because the in and out points were not being accurately used in the converted filed. You may be able to still mark in and out points using the I and O keys on your keyboard.

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    Frank

    Hi Jake, Hopefully you can help me. I have the Hero 2, and after converting .mp4 video to .avi in CineForm, if I go to edit the .avi, all I get is a blank white screen in the main viewpane. If I click play, I get audio, but no video. On another forum, it was suggested to me to download current graphics drivers for my laptop (a Toshiba w/AMD Turion X2), but I still have the problem.

    Any thoughts or suggestions? At this point, I can't edit any vids in CineForm.

    Thanks

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    Jake Segraves

    Hi Frank. Try the suggestions here:

    http://support.cineform.com/entries/23064418-Export-to-MP4-Fails

    And please open a support request if the problem persists.

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    riyad

    hi jake

     

    it's the first time i use cineform

    i want to ask why my cineform coverter stop working when i click the convert all button, i want to convert a time lapse photo from my gopro, but when i click the convert button, suddenly a pop up windows say my cineform converter has stopped working, why that happen and how can i convert my time lapse so i can edit my video?

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    Jake Segraves

    Hi Riyad,

    I suggest you open a support request and we can troubleshoot your issue from there.

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