7 Best Free GoPro Editing Software Options

GoPro Editing Software, GoPro Studio, Product Reviews

Are you looking for the best free GoPro editing software? Awesome!

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In this post, I'll share the best options for free GoPro editing software.


Free GoPro Editing Software: 7 Options

Before we get started, I want to qualify the programs on this list. To be listed, they must offer a “free forever” version. Some of these programs are available for free with a premium upgrade. But there is no trial software included in the list.

How are these programs determined to be the “best”? They are deemed the best by the number of reviews and their features. While I've used many different video editing programs, I haven't used all of them – but after writing this post, I plan to review a number of them.

Okay, lets begin!

Here's the short list of the software options. Below this list, you'll find more in-depth information on each option.

  1. GoPro Studio (Free) Probably the most used program for editing GoPro video footage.
  2. DaVinci Resolve 12.5: (Free and Paid) This is an impressive looking program. I've downloaded the free version and can't wait to try it.
  3. Blender (Free) This open source software comes highly praised. Should be worth a look.
  4. Filmora Wondershare (Free and Paid) See how to get a free premium license below.
  5. iMovie for Mac (Free) Popular and free but you'll have to own (buy) a Mac to use it.
  6. Windows Movie Maker (Free) This is popular because Microsoft makes it. And because it's free. (You can probably do better.)
  7. Lightworks (Free and Paid) This is a new one to me. They offer a free and premium subscription option.

Additional GoPro Editing Software

Here are a couple of programs that are pretty out-dated. And while their sites are old (and I'll never use them) they are free video editing programs. So here are two that I don't recommend:

  1. VirtualDub.org: This site was last updated in 2013 and the software is not made for Windows 10. In spite of this, it continually comes up as a viable choice. I included this so you can take a look if you're interested.
  2. Wax (DebugMode): This can operate as a standalone program or a plugin with Sony Vegas, Pure Motion and Adobe Premiere. The site looks like it was cutting edge in 1995. I'm not sure that I trust this program.

7 Best Free GoPro Editing Software Options

First up: GoPro Studio

free gopro studio editing1. GoPro Studio

This is the software that you'll probably start with. And if you've never used video editing software before, this will probably be okay.

I use this software almost everyday. It has a learning curve – but what software doesn't? This is solid, basic video editing software.

But be warned, this isn't your typical editing program. In an attempt to simplify the editing process, they have changed video editing into 3 bizarre steps. This isn't intuitive software – and if this isn't your cup of tea, you have lots of options.

You can easily combine footage, add music, create a timelapse video, and render a decent final product.

Download GoPro Studio

Next up: DaVinci Resolve

davinci resolve free gopro software2. DaVinci Resolve 12.5

I'm surprised that this is free. The amount of features belong on a program costing $100's and yet, you can download simply by creating a free account.

I haven't used it yet, but I'm excited to give it a try. Combine multi-cam editing, color and lens distortion correction, and new media management functions and you have a great piece of software. It is non-linear video editing with “the world's most advanced color corrector” (BlackMagicDesign.com)

DaVinci Resolve comes well reviewed by both No Film School and RedShark.

“The free DaVinci Resolve 12.5 is a full professional editing and color grading system that is suitable for independent users working on SD, HD and Ultra HD projects.” – Blackmagic Design, developers of DaVinci Resolve

Download DaVinci Resolve

Next up: Blender

blender free gopro software

3. Blender

This is some super powerful software. It does 3D modeling, photo-realistic rendering, animation, sculpting, simulations, game creation and – oh yeah – video editing.

I'm excited about this one. Blender comes with 32 slots for video, audio, images, masks and effects. It has camera and object tracking and the ability to mask areas.

This should be expensive – but it's free. And don't worry about it changing. They publish this commitment on their homepage:

Blender is Free and Open Source Software. Free to use for any purpose, forever.Blender.org

Download Blender

Next up: Filmora

filmora free gopro editing software

4. Filmora Wondershare

This looks like decent software. It has screen recording, video stabilization, split screen, green screen, tilt shift, crop, color correction and speed adjustment. Some of it's transitions are a little too “home-movieish” for me, but it might work for certain projects.

The catch with Filmora is that their free version comes with a HUGE watermark across all your videos. But don't worry, there's a solution for this. I'll share how to get Filmora for free below this video (example of their edit quality).

Watch on YouTube

Here's how to get Filmora for free (and remove the watermark): The video explains it well, but you'll want to jump ahead to 2:17. That's where it explains all the details for the free Filmora license.

How to get a free Filmora license: write a review of the product and submit it to them. You'll need one of the following:

  • Blog or forum: Alexa raking of 100,000 or less; PR3 or above. If you aren't familiar with these metrics, your blog probably doesn't qualify.
  • Social media following: 1000+ followers on Facebook, Twitter or GooglePlus. Or 500+ YouTube subscribers.

Download Filmora

Next up: iMovie for Mac

imovie gopro editing software

5. iMovie for Mac

If you're on a Mac, you already have access to this program. And it's free.

Their description (below) doesn't sound very compelling. It could be describing just about any video editing software.

“It’s never been easier to make it in the movies. Just choose the clips you want to use. Insert titles, add effects, and create a full soundtrack with powerful tools that are as simple as drag and drop. iMovie even supports 4K video for stunning cinema-quality films. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a wrap.”Apple.com

What does set iMovie apart, is their synced mobile app. iMovie for Mac works seamlessly with iMove for iOS. This means you can start a project on your iPhone, make some adjustments on your iPad and then finish on your Mac. iMovie Theater will keep all your finished videos synced across all your devices.

Download iMovie

Next up: Windows Movie Maker

movie maker gopro editing

6. Windows Movie Maker

This is still in use – and will probably be for a few more years.

And you can still make decent videos with your GoPro footage. But you should know that it isn't being supported in Windows 10. This means that it's just a matter of time before it disappears.

Windows Movie Maker: Has begun it’s slow death. This is a solid free option – but because it is no longer supported in Windows 10, you can do better. If you’re going to learn a new piece of software, choose one that will be around for a while. – GoPro Editing Software: 13 Best Options for Windows and Mac

I recommend choosing from one of the other options in the list.

Download Windows Movie Maker

Next up: Lightworks

lightworks free gopro editing software

7. Lightworks

best free gopro editing softwareThis non-linear editing software by EditShare looks promising. It handles resolution up to 4K and advanced multi-cam editing.

Lightworks has edited many Hollywood films, including The Wolf of Wall Street, LA Confidential, Pulp Fiction, Hugo, and The King’s Speech.

The free version gives you the same editing power as the Pro version. But you can only output to a maximum of 1080P (Vimeo) and 720P (YouTube) with the free option.

Download Lightworks


Not quite what you were looking for? Check our our full list: GoPro Editing Software (includes 13 best options for Windows and Mac)

Your Turn

Did I miss one? Please share your favorite free GoPro editing software in the comments.

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Hi, I'm the Author!

Bryan Haines is co-editor of ClickLikeThis: GoPro tutorial blog. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of GringosAbroad (Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with ClickLikeThis.

4 comments… add one
  • Phil Jul 10, 2016, 7:51 pm

    Hi guys. Thanks for this post. I have used several video editing programs for many years now (as a consumer) and do have a favourite program (paid) however, I am looking forward to reading this post in full when I have a little free time. Just wanted to add one more to your list though. Have you heard of Hitfilm? An interesting editing and compositing program which I have downloaded but not used yet. They too do a free version which looks to be pretty substantial although I don’t recall what restrictions there are as opposed to the paid version. Maybe worth a look for you. Again, thanks.

  • Bryan Smith Apr 10, 2017, 3:33 pm

    Hello Bryan, in the original post you mentioned that you have not tried each of the 7 software packages. Have you now tried each and has your mind changed on any?

    Thanks
    Bryan Smith

  • Yael May 7, 2017, 6:55 pm

    Gopro Studio does not worth it!! It is updated so frequently that every release has many bugs and when you want to use NEVER WORKS! Search the web “gopro studio crashes”.
    I will give a hit to Davinci.

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