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GoPro Editing Software: 13 Best Video Editors for Beginners & Pros

GoPro Editing Software, Reviews

Trying to sort out GoPro editing software? You’re in the right place! While GoPro makes it easy to shoot video, it takes the right software to edit all those clips into something useable and shareable. Learn about the best GoPro video editors for Windows and Mac (and Linux).

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In this post, you’ll learn about your options for great GoPro editing software. I’ll cover both free and premium programs – for both Windows and Mac.

The list includes the best options for editing your GoPro video – according to user ratings and sales volume.

And while these all come well-rated, some just don’t work for me. I cover it all in this post. Not interested in premium software? No worries. Here are the best free GoPro editing software.

GoPro Editing Software: Winners

Before we get into all the details, here are the programs that you should check out:

  1. Quik Desktop (Free) Best Free GoPro Software Here’s why: Quik Desktop was made for their footage. It comes with some great presets and it’s easy to combine clips, speed up / slow down footage, and render for a variety of platforms (including YouTube, Vimeo, UHD 4K  or custom). It’s free and has decent tutorials.
  2. Magix Movie Edit Pro ($70) Best Consumer GoPro Software Here’s why: For just seventy bucks, you get 1500+ effects / templates, 32 editing tracks, and motion tracking. I like this program – and it comes highly recommended and has a solid feature set. Check out our tutorial about creating video with Movie Edit Pro.
  3. Adobe Premiere Pro ($20.99 per month) Best Premium GoPro Software Here’s why: If you are going to make your living with video editing, you should choose Premiere Pro by Adobe. This is the best, cross-platform (Mac and Windows) premium video editor.
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9 GoPro Video Editing Apps

Before we get into the full set of programs, there are also a few mobile apps for editing GoPro video. Many of these integrate with the full programs below.

  1. Splice (iOS) Free. Acquired by GoPro in 2016, this app is highly rated. It edits videos and makes short movies. Available on iPhone and iPad.
  2. GoPro App Free(iOS and Android) Also acquired in 2016, Replay Video Editor (iOS) was relaunched as GoPro App on Android devices.
  3. PowerDirector by CyberLink (Android) Free. Multiple track timeline, free video effects, slo-mo and reverse video. Output at 4K. Highly rated.
  4. iMovie (iOS) Free This is a lightweight and easy to use video editor. Just copy your video clips to your iPhone or iPad and get started.
  5. Antix (Android) Free. Quickly create videos (cut, add music, filters, effects) and easily save and share.
  6. FilmoraGo (iOS and Android) Free. Offers a nice set of templates and filters. Well rated on Google Play – not so much on the AppStore.
  7. Corel Pinnacle Studio Pro (iOS) $17.99 Available, but not well rated.
  8. Magix Movie Edit Touch (Windows) Free. Cut, arrange, add music, and output your clips right on your Windows device.
  9. Adobe Premiere Clip (iOS and Android) Free. This is the mobile version of the best video editing software. And while it is available on both platforms, it isn’t well rated on iOS – it is probably skipping this on Apple devices. But if you have an Android phone or tablet, this is a great option for you. Projects can be easily opened in the desktop version (Adobe Premiere Pro CC) to continue editing.
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13 GoPro Editing Software Options

Okay, with the editing apps out of the way, let’s get started! Here are the GoPro editing software options that I’ll cover in this post.

  1. Quik Desktop by GoPro (Free) Windows and Mac Get your free copy here.
  2. iMovie for Mac (Free) Mac OS Get your free copy here.
  3. Magix Movie Edit Pro ($69.99) Windows with Android App Learn more here.
  4. Cyberlink PowerDirector Ultra 18 ($100) Windows Learn more here.
  5. Corel VideoStudio Ultimate 2019 Windows Learn more here.
  6. Corel Pinnacle Studio 23 Windows with iOS App Learn more here.
  7. Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 16 Windows Learn more here.
  8. Vegas Pro 17 Suite Mac OS and Windows Learn more here.
  9. Adobe Premiere Elements 2020 Windows and Mac Learn more here.
  10. Adobe Premiere Pro ($20.99 / month) Mac OS and Windows Learn more here.
  11. Final Cut Pro ($399.99) Mac OS X Learn more here.
  12. Animoto (Free trial, Online subscription $13-39/month, Apps start at $5) Online video editor with iOS  / Android apps and Lightroom plugin Learn more here.
  13. Davinci Resolve 16 / Studio (Free / Premium) Windows, Mac and Linux This is definitely an advanced editor, and the only one on the list to run one all three platforms. Learn about the free and premium versions.
Honorable mentions: Blender Editor (Free) While this goes waaaay beyond a basic video editor, I feel my list wouldn’t be complete without it. This is a complex open source 3D creation program. If you’re interested to develop your video skills, this is a great program to play with. Plus, it’s free!

While most of the programs on the list are great, a few of the options might be better to avoid.

  • Animoto: Disappointing upload limit. While I was initially excited about this app, when I realized their 400MB upload limit, I quickly fell out of love. While many of your video clips will be less than 1 minute 47 seconds, how will you edit all your 2 minute+ clips? Not with Animoto.
  • 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.
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Only a few players… The options in this list are dominated by a few companies. Apple, Adobe, Corel, and BlackMagic Design all have two programs each.

Magix has three programs – now with their acquisition of the Vegas line from Sony. In addition to the above video-focused options. you can also edit video with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

Here’s what I’m using: I use Quik and Sony Movie Studio. I have used Adobe Premiere Pro but found it to be too complex for my needs. I also use Camtasia occasionally.

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Note: I have not tested the majority of the programs in this list. Over the coming months, I plan to review some of my favorite options (Magix, Cyberlink, and Corel).

I’ll be publishing detailed reviews of each of these.

1. Quik Desktop (Free) Windows and Mac

Quik Desktop Gopro video editorThis is solid video editing software – especially for being free. It does take a little getting used to – but once you have it, it’s super easy to output great video edits.

Quik is aptly named – as you can quickly create awesome videos from your footage (and synced to music). Automatically import your photos and footage and then share the best ones.

  • Video formats handled: mp4 and .mov. Supports only GoPro video footage and photos. This means you can’t use Quik to output footage from your other cameras.
  • Video resolution handled: From the super basic WVGA up to the huge 4K video. Editing 4K video requires more video RAM: Under 4K resolution, you will require a minimum of 512 MB RAM (more is always better). For 4K video playback, you will need a minimum of 1GB RAM on your video card.
  • Motion tracking: No
  • Additional features: Auto import your GoPro media, and update your GoPro camera firmware (Supported models include: HERO, HERO+, HERO+LCD, HERO3+: Silver Edition, HERO3+: Black Edition, HERO4 Session, HERO4: Silver Edition, HERO4: Black Edition, HERO5 Session, HERO5 Black). Use Gauges in Quik to show your GPS path, speed, elevation gain with overlaid gauges and graphs.
  • Where to get it:
  • Price: Free

2. iMovie for Mac (Free) iOS

imovie gopro editing softwareThis is great software for Mac users.

In addition to footage captured with the iPhone and iPad, it also edits 4K video from GoPro, and lots of cameras like GoPro (including DJI, Sony, Panasonic and Leica).

Similar to GoPro Studio’s templates, iMovie provides 15 movie themes that include titles and transitions. This will speed up your editing process and give it a professional (or playful) feel.

  • Video formats handled: AVCHD / MPEG-4
  • Video resolution handled: Up to 4K.
  • Motion tracking: Not automatically. Here is a way to manually keyframe your video.
  • Additional features: The ability to begin editing on your iPhone (iMovie for iOS) and complete the edit on your Mac is pretty nice.
  • Where to get it:
  • Price: Free

3. Magix Movie Edit Pro ($70) Windows w/ Android App

Magix GoPro editing softwareThis is a dynamic piece of software. Its feature list reads more like a premium program – than one that costs just $70.

It comes with 1500+ templates (effects, menus, and sounds) for fast, professional videos. They have a great set of short, video tutorials.

It has 32 multimedia tracks. This is significant when compared to other base models that have just a couple. I can’t image a video edit that will require more than 32 tracks.

Both Dena and I own and use this program. It is simple to use, feature-rich, and just $70. Watch for a full review in the coming months.

  • Video formats handled: In addition to GoPro’s MP4 format, it also handles (DV-)AVI, HEVC/H.265, M(2)TS/AVCHD, MJPEG, MKV, MOV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MXV, VOB, WMV(HD)
  • Video resolution handled: Up to 4K / Ultra HD
  • Motion tracking: Their object tracking allows text titles to be pinned to moving objects, and pixelate license plates and people’s faces (for privacy).
  • Additional features: 1500+ templates, additional app on Android and Windows tablets.
  • Where to buy:
  • Price: USD$69.99 (Available via instant download) 

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4. Cyberlink PowerDirector Ultra 18 Windows

Although I still haven’t used CyberLink, I like the looks of this software. Hundreds of our readers have opted to use PowerDirector to edit their GoPro footage. It was made with action cameras in mind.

It can edit up to 100 media tracks simultaneously. And it has a powerful MultiCam Designer feature that allows switching between 4 simultaneous camera shots. Footage can be synced by audio, timecode or time taken.

It has one-click color correction, customizable design tools (transition designer, title and subtitle designs) and has integrated video collages. It can also edit footage from a 360º camera – like the GoPro Fusion.

PowerDirector is a 10-Time Editors’ choice and rated 4.5 out of 5 by

“PowerDirector continues to lead the way among consumer video editing software. The latest version’s Precut, Nested Projects, and advanced titling features bring it closer to the professional level.” PCMag, US, 09/2018
  • Video formats handled:
    • H.265/HEVC
    • MOD
    • MVC (MTS)
    • MOV
    • Side-by-Side Video
    • MOV (H.264)
    • Top-under Video
    • MPEG-1
    • Dual-Stream AVI
    • MPEG-2
    • FLV (H.264)
    • MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
    • MKV (multiple audio streams)
    • MP4 (XAVC S)
    • 3GPP2
    • TOD
    • AVCHD (M2T, MTS)
    • VOB
    • AVI
    • VRO
    • DAT
    • WMV
    • DivX*
    • WMV-HD
    • DV-AVI
    • WTV in H.264/MPEG2 (multiple video and audio streams)
    • DVR-MS
    • DSLR video clip in H.264 format with LPCM/AAC/ Dolby Digital audio
  • Video resolution handled: Up to 4K
  • Motion tracking: Yes. I haven’t used it yet, but it look very easy.
  • Additional features: With 30 animated theme templates, you only need to drag-and-drop your footage to create great videos.

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Where to buy PowerDirector Ultra: CyberLink | Amazon

5. Corel VideoStudio Ultimate 2019 Windows

It’s been more than 12 years since I used a Corel product – but this video editor has caught my attention.

This version comes with multi-camera editor editing up to six different cameras in one project. The less expensive Pro version will edit footage from up to four cameras in the same project.

There are presets for beginners (FastFlick and Instant Projects) and advanced settings (stabilization, motion effects, and color correction). Edit up to 21 video tracks and 8 audio tracks in each project.

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  • Video formats handled: XAVC, HEVC (H.265), MP4-AVC/H.264, MKV, and MOV.
  • Video resolution handled: Up to 4K, and even 360 video.
  • Motion tracking: Yes. You can track up to four points at a time in your video. Easily obscure logos, faces or license plates, or add moving text and graphics.
  • Additional features: Create time lapse, stop motion and screen capture video as well.

Corel makes another video editing program called Roxio Studio. While it can edit footage, this is primarily for DVD authoring.

6. Corel Pinnacle Studio 23 Ultimate Windows

This is a popular choice. Corel also makes a supporting premium app for iOS (Basic $3.99 and Professional $17.99).

The desktop version comes in three levels (Standard, Plus, and Ultimate). The details in this profile are based on the entry level version.

Some advanced features (4K editing, motion tracking, effects) are only available in either Plus or Ultimate versions.

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The basic version comes with 1500+ transitions, titles, templates and 2D/3D effects. The entry-level Standard version appears to be too stripped down to compete against some of the other options included in this list.

  • Video formats handled: [Import] MVC, AVCHD, DV, HDV, AVI, MPEG-1/-2/-4, DivX, Flash, 3GP (MPEG-4, H.263), WMV, QuickTime (DV, MJPEG, MPEG-4, H.264), DivX Plus MKV. [Export] AVCHD, DVD, Apple, Sony, Nintendo, Xbox, DV, HDV, AVI, DivX, WMV, MPEG-1/-2/-4, Flash, 3GP, WAV, MP2, MP3, MP4, QuickTime, H.264, DivX Plus MKV, JPEG, TIF, TGA, BMP, Dolby Digital 2-channel
  • Video resolution handled: 4K Ultra HD.
  • Motion tracking: Not available in the Standard version. Both Plus and Ultimate versions offer this feature.
  • Additional features: All versions offer multi-camera editing [Standard (2), Plus (4), and Ultimate (4)]. The standard version comes with a 6-track editing timeline and lots of presets great for beginners.

7. Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 16 Windows

This consumer level software has a number of user-friendly features. For example, with Direct upload you can upload your video to YouTube or Facebook directly from the application.

The instant Color Match feature will make two different scenes appear as though they were shot on the same day, at the same time, and with the same filter.

The basic (Platinum) version comes with 10 audio and 10 video tracks – perfect for 99% of all video edits. It also comes equipped with 350+ video effects and 200+ video transitions.

Where to buy Vegas Movie Studio: Direct from Magix or Amazon

I’ve been using Vegas Movie Studio for many years and it is super powerful. The basic version is a great upgrade from Quik Desktop.

As you need more function, you can easily upgrade within the Sony line. There are three more editions (Suite, Vegas Pro Edit, and Vegas Pro) each with increasing power and features.

  • VEGAS Movie StudioVideo formats handled: AAC, AA3, AIFF, AVI, BMP, CDA, FLAC, GIF, JPEG, MP3, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MVC, OGG, OMA, PCA, PNG, QuickTime®, SND, SFA, W64, WAV, WDP, WMA, WMV, XAVC S.
  • Video resolution handled: Up to 4K.
  • Motion tracking: Yes.
  • Additional features: Color match, image stabilization, easy slideshow creation and color correction all help create solid videos – in less time.

8. Vegas Pro 17 Suite Mac OS X and Windows

Catalyst focuses on fast production of 4K, RAW and HD video. Set-up specifically for action camera footage (including GoPro, Sony, Canon, etc). It is touch and gesture enabled and works on both Mac OS and Windows.

Catalyst Production Suite includes both Prepare and Edit modules. It also comes with a free trial.

This is powerful, flexible software with a price to match.

  • Video formats handled: Sony RAW 4K, Sony RAW 2K, XAVC Long, XAVC Intra, XAVC S, XDCAM 422, XDCAM SR (SStP), DNxHD, ProRes (OS X), AVC H.264/MPEG-4, AVCHD, HDV, DV, XDCAM MPEG IMX, JPEG, PNG, WAV, and MP3.
  • Video resolution handled: 4K
  • Motion tracking: Not noted.
  • Additional features: Get Catalyst Browse (the clip-management too) for free. This is a great way to give it a try and see if you like the navigation and feel the software.
  • Where to buy: Magix or Amazon

9. Adobe Premiere Elements 2020 Windows and Mac

This is a stripped-down, basic version of Adobe Premiere Pro (see #10 below). While I’m a huge fan of Photoshop, Bridge, and Illustrator – I don’t care for Adobe’s video editing tools.

A few years ago I reviewed Premiere Pro (I still have CS6 version installed) and found it overwhelmingly complicated.

It’s not that they don’t make a good product. Their quality is solid. I just feel that with all the intuitive video editing software available, I’m not eager to invest the time to learn the complicated menu structure.

I’ll be reviewing this in the coming months and my opinion may change.

Check out Adobe Premiere Elements 2020 on Amazon

Adobe is good at organizing media. Premiere Elements allows you to order, label, find and view your videos and photos.

  • Video formats handled: In addition to GoPro’s MP4 format, it also handles Adobe Flash (.swf), AVI Movie (.avi), AVCHD (.m2ts, .mts, .m2t), DV Stream (.dv), MPEG Movie (.mpeg, .vob, .mod, .ac3, .mpe, .mpg, .mpd, .m2v, .mpa, .mp2, .m2a, .mpv, .m2p, .m2t, .m1v, .mp4, .m4v, .m4a, .aac, 3gp, .avc, .264), QuickTime Movie (.mov, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m4a, .m4v), TOD (.tod), Windows Media (.wmv, .asf).
  • Video resolution handled: Up to 4K.
  • Motion tracking: Not noted.
  • Additional features: Animated titles, powerful color correction, image stabilization, and easy speed-up / slow-down video controls.

10. Adobe Premiere Pro ($20.99 / month) Mac OS and Windows

premiere pro gopro editingThis is the full, pro version of Adobe Premiere Elements.

It can do all you want – and about 100x more. While the depth of features makes it powerful – it’s also what makes it a poor choice for most content creators.

Ready to make a Hollywood blockbuster? Many major motion pictures (including Avatar, Hail Caesar!, and The Social Network) were all cut on Adobe Premiere.

Unless you have many days (to learn the basics) or many weeks (to become proficient) this isn’t the best choice for the average GoPro user. While this is amazing software, it is best suited for the super complex production – or someone with lots of free time on their hands.

  • Video formats handled: Everything.
  • Video resolution handled: Everything the GoPro camera can produce – and then some.
  • Motion tracking: Yes
  • Additional features: The list is long. See all the features here.
  • Where to buy: Adobe
  • Price: USD$20.99 / month, subscription.

11. Final Cut Pro ($399.99) Mac OS Xfinalcutpro gopro editing

This Mac-only software will output some incredible edits.

While I have yet to test this program, I expect it to be similar to Adobe Premiere Pro: both powerful and complicated.

More than 40 major motion pictures have been cut on Final Cut Pro including John Carter, Focus, and X-Men Origins.

Unless video editing is your living, there are probably better options.

  • Video formats handled: Everything. I couldn’t find an excluded format.
  • Video resolution handled: Everything GoPro does and more.
  • Motion tracking: Yes
  • Additional Features: Color grading, masks, 3D titles, and custom effect presets.
  • Where to buy:
  • Price: USD$399.99

12. Animoto ($13-39/month) Online video editor with iOS  / Android apps and Lightroom plugin

animoto gopro editingThis is the only web-based video editor in the list. Their combination web-based editor and iOS/Android apps make this an attractive choice.

Because it is web-based, you don’t download any software. Just log in and start using.

This subscription-based software as a service (SaaS) program is great for a few reasons. You don’t have to worry about the cost of upgrading (time and money) when the new version comes out. And you get to use their computing power to render your videos.

Generally speaking, a SaaS video editor should be much more stable (and fast) than software installed on an older home computer.

Something I discovered inside of their help section is that they limit video uploads to just 400MB. While this sounds like a lot, it doesn’t take long to reach 400MB. For example, the Hero4 Black shooting 1080p at 30fps generates 3.75MB of data per second (3.75MBps or 30Mbps).

On a side note, here’s the difference between MBps and Mbps and here’s a megabyte / megabit converter. Also, here’s a chart that shows the GoPro video sizes (Mbps) by video resolution and frame rate. That means that you’ll reach your Animoto limit in 107 seconds (or 1 minute 47 seconds) of average video. Switch to 4K resolution and you’ll reach your limit in just 53 seconds.

  • Video formats handled: MP4, AVI, MOV, QT, 3GP, M4V, MPG, MPEG, MP4V, H264, WMV, MPG4, MOVIE, M4U, FLV, DV, MKV, MJPEG, OGV, MTS, and MVI. Video clip uploads are limited to 400MB.
  • Video resolution handled: Resolutions vary. 720p (personal plan), 1080p (professional and business plans).
  • Motion tracking: Not noted.
  • Additional features: I like the web-based editing with the option for iOS and Android apps. Just watch the upload limit to make sure you’ll be able to edit all your footage.
  • Where to buy:
  • Price: Varies from $8 to $34 per month, when purchased on an annual plan. The mobile apps are less and start at $5. Their web-based editor comes with a free 14-day trial to get started.

13. Davinci Resolve 16 / Studio (Free / Premium) Windows, Mac, Linux

If you want to produce Hollywood-quality films (or at least have full creative control) then this Davinci Resolve should be at the top of your list.

This is the only professional video editor that runs on all popular platforms: Windows, Mac, and Linux.

And this is the first video editor to combine professional online / offline editing, color correction, audio post production, and visual effects in one tool.

Download the free version or purchase the full version (Davinci Resolve 16 Studio)

“DaVinci Resolve 15 is the standard for high end post production and is used for finishing more Hollywood feature films, episodic television programing and TV commercials than any other software.” ~
Fusion Effects include: vector paint, rotoscoping (isolate objects to quickly draw and animate custom shapes), 3D particle systems, powerful keying (Delta, Ultra, Chroma, and Luna), true 3D compositing, and tracking and stabilization.
  • Video formats handled: Hundreds of formats (at least 10 pages). It is unlikely that you’ll have a format that isn’t handled by DaVinci Resolve.
  • Video resolution handled: All resolutions.
  • Motion tracking: Yes
  • Additional features: Advanced trimming, multicam editing, speed effects, timeline curve editor, transitions and effects. Also color correction, Fairlight audio, and multi user collaboration.
  • Where to get it: Download the free version or purchase the full Studio version
  • Price: Free / Premium
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Curious about which camera to get? Here’s how to choose the best 4K video camera.

More reading: What are GoPro LRV and THM Files?

Your Turn

There you have it. The best options for GoPro editing software. Check out my 3 favorite GoPro editing software options: free, consumer, and premium.

Have I missed one? What’s your question about editing GoPro videos? Please share it below!

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24 comments… add one
  • Luke Sep 23, 2016, 10:14 pm

    I would recommend avoiding GoPro Studio at all costs! It has a nasty program issue with their autosave. It can crash the project you are working on randomly (5 minutes of effort, or what happened to me after 4 hours, then later 16 hours of effort), and will completely wipe both the backup file and original file to 0kb. The only .gcs files you can find on your entire computer your project doing a *.gcs search are 0kb, crashed files.

    Reading the GoProStudio Forums it does not appear GoPro cares. I have a 1 month old version, and you would think if the GoPro tech’s recommend turning autosave off because of this issue that they would provide a short tutorial stating, “Turn Autosave off and Manual save your project.” And if you read the forums the GoPro tech’s also recommend saving across two or more different files because their software is so unstable. That is a completely unacceptable business practice, especially with a known serious software concern… oh, and it is great they do not tell you about it too. 20-hours of wasted time later, in my case, I know now that GPS is crappy unstable software, that has some cool functions to play with, until it crashes and you lose it all.

    • Bryan Haines Sep 28, 2016, 9:32 am

      Agreed – they should be able to make a more stable piece of software. I’ve suffered the same crashes as you have. And it’s not just about the lost time – the creative loss is even more disappointing.

      Maybe they’ll fix GoPro Studio now that they’ve released the Hero5 camera and Karma drone. We’ll see…

  • George Oct 7, 2016, 4:33 pm

    I can confirm crashing issues with GoPro Studio as well.
    You have mentioned Davinci Resolve. Have you tested the free version? I experimented a little and it is very impressive software with many features comparable to Premiere Pro.

    • Bryan Haines Oct 18, 2016, 4:25 pm

      I haven’t tested it yet – but it’s on my list. I’m planning on giving Magix a test this month. They just acquired Sony Vegas – a program that I’ve used for many years. We’ll be publishing reviews shortly.

  • Elyen Oct 26, 2016, 12:08 am

    The easiest GoPro Video Editor, I recommand Gilisoft Video Editor

  • jessendeen Nov 3, 2016, 6:48 am

    To efficiently convert MP4 to PowerDirector supported MPEG-2 we recommend you to use iDealshare VideoGO, it can convert MP4 in any codec and any resolution to PowerDirector supported MPEG-2.

  • Jake Mar 10, 2017, 11:29 pm

    Has anyone tried Filmora who could compare it to the other suggestions above?
    I’m researching options for my brother and it looked very nice and affordable at $20 a year but it also seems to missing completely from many roundups which has made me slightly suspicious.

  • Al Oct 2, 2017, 4:11 pm

    Hi As of to-day both gopro`s programs are useless they used to be easy to access and use BUT they added gopro quick, not quick at all their updated studio app is also useless your videos if and when you can bring them are all greyed and the only way to get rid of it is to shut the app down, before all of this they had the only half decent way to get rid of fish eye but with color loss. Can not find a good replacement for it. Any ideas would help. Thanks

  • Rsisabella Dec 20, 2017, 3:06 am

    I recently shifted from photoshop to photoviewerpro . Photoshop features are to complicated for me. Photoviewerpro is very user-friendly and so far I am loving the app.

  • Patti Jan 31, 2018, 2:58 am

    Thanks for the info!

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  • Bjarne Nilsson Nov 22, 2018, 5:15 am

    Resolve if s great, one warning tho any clips with care able frame rate will b edto be transcode before use in Resolve as BMD has not implemented support or that yet

  • Jerry A Farkas Jr Jan 8, 2019, 5:39 am

    Hello Bryan, I am a SCUBA diver. I have a GoPro Hero 5 Black. I UNfortunately have accumulated 20+ hours of video and want to edit it down, splice together just the best bits. I became VERY frustrated with the free gopro editor. I even went to the DEMA convention and tried to to get some help from the gopro booth, but they were very UNhelpful (and I felt like they didn’t care either.) I don’t mind buying software if it is good (and easy to use, I have No experience using editing software.) What is your suggestion for editing gopro underwater videos and splicing them together please? I’d like the ability to add in some cool texts explaining occasionally where/what is being seen. I have a windows 10 laptop.

  • John hamer Jan 10, 2019, 4:25 am

    Hi all, I am an experienced editor through wedding videoing, now I have extended my camera range to an exciting GoPro. I have done some test footage and was really looking forward to importing it into my trusty pinnacle 19 ultimate.
    After an initial trial and burn onto a Blu-ray Disc it was mediocre results with not very smooth with movement that looked like a frame rate issue.
    I chatted with the helpful GoPro support and they informed me that I should convert the gopro’s files to AVI or WMf as pinnacle will operate better.
    Does anyone know of any software that will accept native GoPro files to avoid have to use a converter?

  • Becky Feb 10, 2019, 11:41 am

    Hi, We have been using GoPro Studio and are getting ever more frustrated by it sadly. We’re trying to be more creative with our YouTube videos for our channel by having an intro action video (the same for each of our episodes) and we want to be able to insert it into all of our episodes. The intro piece has been created and saved in a file. We can see the file when looking for it via file explorer but cannot access it via the GoPro Studio program, therefore can’t import it.
    I have two questions! 1) Which editing program can we use for our GoPro footage which allows us to save an intro and then import it to add to another project?
    2) Any ideas on how I can solve my current problem so that I don’t have to redo the introduction for a third time?!
    Any advice or assistant gratefully received 🙂 Thanks in advance.

    • Bryan Haines Feb 11, 2019, 3:40 pm

      Hi Becky – sadly, it’s time to delete GoPro Studio.

      If you output your intro as a standalone clip, you’ll be able to drop it on the timeline of any footage you’re editing. We use both Magix and Vegas Movie Studio. Recently, we’ve been using Movie Studio more and this will do just what you are looking for.

  • Jan Jul 3, 2019, 6:03 pm

    Software from GoPro is useless, even quick cant find my camera. At least it have still problems with H265

  • Linda Jul 24, 2019, 4:21 am

    I have not heard of some of the software in this post. Did anyone try PawEditor? I searched it on Wikipedia and I used it to edit my recording. It seems easy. Have anyone compared it with other editing software? I am finding the easiest way to optimize my video.

  • Tom & Karen Johnston May 22, 2020, 6:28 am

    We are new to GoPro, my husband won a used GoPro Hero 3 to see how he got on with it, I am a amateur photographer and use Canon, however I rarely edit videos! I use Windows 7 on the laptop and iPad Pro, however GoPro software won’t work on Windows 7, and I don’t always have the huge GB required to edit video on the iPad! Can you recommend a way to be able to edit and grab sections of video from the GoPro files to save separate? I have a full Nero package but it’s not new by anymeans, it’s Nero 12 I think and it does have some video creating capability as I use it to create DVD slideshows of photos to music. We stumbled on your site when looking to see if by copying the video files to a usb pen we could then give to others to watch on their tv, going to test it today! We would be grateful for any advice. Thanks Karen and Tom, and the lively Sprocker Meg!

    • Tom & Karen Johnston May 31, 2020, 5:03 pm

      Well, that didn’t work, my Nero is too old! What would you recommend for beginners to GoPro to use in a windows 7 computer? We now have a GoPro hero 3 black and Hero 4 silver! We had a suggestion of Movavi video suite and the utube videos seemed to show it to be easy to work but to watch out for the install options as it has a default option to share usage data so you need to take that tick out. It’s not free, retail for about £70 in the uk. Have you tried this, we would appreciate any advice in regards to editing software. We have the gopros set to 1080 50fps (pal max) wide in hero 3 and 1080 50fps Linear on the hero 4, incase it’s relevant – we are just learning and only intend to use this for our own videos and for sharing with family. We would love some advice from someone who actually k ones what they are doing lol, thanks

  • James F Oas Jun 25, 2020, 10:40 am

    Thanx for the help in this article. Jim

  • Russ Nov 28, 2020, 1:44 am

    Thanks for this write up, I stumbled on it in a web search. I make movies for friends and family. After reading this and comparing a few of the options listed, I selected MAGIX Movie Edit Pro 2021 Premium on a Black Friday special for $69.99 ($129.99 original). It looks like the price and included features changed a bit, but nonetheless, I am happy with the purchase. I used GoPro Studios (saved frequently) on a Mac but that was glitchy and isn’t supported with my last update. I moved to iMovie (works well) along with Quick (not recognizing any of my videos). Honestly, iMovie works well for my use but I just invested in a newer more powerful Windows based laptop and want to have one machine for everything. Just wanted to share. Thanks again!

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