how to convert an .avi file for use in gopro studio, using only freeware

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how to convert an .avi file for use in gopro studio, using only freeware GoPro Studio is a great piece of video editing software, especially for two reasons: firstly, it’s straight-forward and easy to use, and secondly, it’s available for free.

GoPro Studio (formerly: Cineform Studio) is compatible with “GoPro, Canon, Nikon and other constant frame rate H.264 mp4 and .mov formats”, but what can you do if you’d like to edit videos from other cameras?
you can use MPEG Streamclip 1.2 to quickly convert any video into a format that can be imported directly into GoPro Studio.
here’s how:

how to convert an avi file to a gopro compatible format with MPEG Streamclip 1.2

a. single file
1a. open MPEG Streamclip and click on “File” – “Open Files“.

step 1a: open MPEG Streamclip and click on “File” – “Open Files“.

2a. choose the file you’d like to convert.
3a. go to “File” – “Export to AVI”.

b. multiple files (batch processing)
1b. open MPEG Streamclip, navigate to on “List” – “Batch List” in the top menu
2b. choose “Add Files” and select your files, and then choose “Export to AVI” from the drop-down menu.

step 2b: choose "Add Files" and select your files, and then choose "Export to AVI" from the drop-down menu.

3b. set your destination folder (needs to be a different folder) in the next pop-up window

4. adjust the settings as follows:

    Compression: GoPro-CineForm Codec
    Quality: 100 %
    Sound: Uncompressed Stereo 48 kHz
    Frame Size: … (unscaled)

GoPro Studio compatible settings for MPEG Streamclip MP4 Export

5. confirm by clicking on “Make AVI” (single file) or “To Batch” (batch processing), respectively.

6. you can now use your converted files directly in “Step 2: Edit” in Gopro Studio.

have fun!

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    8 comments on “how to convert an .avi file for use in gopro studio, using only freeware

    1. Hey there thanks so much for the tip! I've been looking for exactly a method like this to incorporate some of my cell phone clips into my GoPro movies I'm editing with GoPro Studio. I did run into a problem though with a few of the files, getting an error when attempting to export to AVI reading "You are attempting to encode an image size for which this system is not licensed". Any guidance? Thanks in advance for any help you're able to provide!
    2. hi lauren, what image resolution and frame rate do these "problematic" clips have? maybe playing with the "frame size" settings in step 4 will help? for example, try setting it to either 640x480 or 1280x720.
    3. Thanks for this article. I downloaded MPEG Streamclip 1.2, but I do not have the option GoPro-Cineform codec? Any ideas how this is possible?
    4. hi derk, as long as gopro studio is installed on the same computer and account, the cineform codec should show up.
    5. thanks for the hint! however after encoding the vid according to the specs it can be loaded into gopro studio but the video is just black with sound ?!
    6. hi alex, interesting. are you sure the video resolution shows "unscaled"? are there any other video parameters (apart from the chosen codec) that differ from your video specs?
    7. Hey Markus, I'm having the same issues as Alex (after encoding video black , just sound)... I double checked the resolution and couldn't find any other parameters that differ form the specs. Do you have an idea what could be the Problem?
    8. Hi Markus , I did all the things written to the frame dimensions. Choice unscaled dimensions 1920 * 1080 . None of the options in the 640 * 480 . What else can I do?

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