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.

update: after some complaints, i’ve re-tested the method on two computers and several .avi files from various cameras. for me, works fine with GoPro Studio v. 2.0.1 and v. 2.5 on two of my computers (be sure to click on “Step 2″). see comments for details.

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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    21 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?
    9. Having the same problems !
    10. hey everybody,
      i've finally found the time to test this in more detail. the following .avi samples were successfully tested with both GoPro Studio 2.0.1 and GoPro Studio 2.5, on two Windows 7 machines:
      • Pentax point&shoot (Video: MJPG 640x480p 30fps, Audio: PCM 8000Hz mono 64kbps)
      • Fuji camera [unspecified model] (Video: MJPG 640x480 30fps, Audio: PCM 11024Hz mono 88kbps)
      • Nikon camera [unspecified DSLR] (Video: MJPG 640x480 30fps, Audio: PCM 8000Hz mono 64kbps)
      • Canon EOS camera [unspecified DSLR] (Video: MJPG 640x480 15fps, Audio: PCM 22050Hz mono 352kbps)
      • Casio EX-Z60 (Video: MJPG 640x480 29.97fps, Audio: IMA ADPCM 44100Hz mono 177kbps)
      • Samsung camera [unspecified model] (Video: MJPG 640x480 30fps, Audio: PCM 22050Hz mono 352kbps)
      • [unknown camera make] (Video: MJPG 320x240 30fps, Audio: muLaw 22050Hz mono 176kbps)
      the only one that didn't work for me, was a video file from my very first webcam:
      • D-Link DSC-350 (Video: CRAM 320x240 3fps, no audio)
      if you're still having problems importing your files, please share a sample file (e.g. via dropbox link) and name your camera model, and i'll see if i can make it work.

      also, if you can't find a "GoPro Cineform" codec in the codec drop-down menu, re-install the latest version of GoPro Studio.
    11. I try to import a video from Sj4000 camera
    12. can you share a small sample file, e.g. via dropbox or wetransfer?
    13. Hi, The video is here:
    14. hi lior,
      the file works just fine for me:

      are you using MPEG Streamclip version 1.2 and the latest GoPro Studio version?

      update: here's the converted clip:
      can you try dragging&dropping that into the "step 2" window in Gopro Studio?
    15. Now it's work! :)
    16. Hi, all, having the same problem with encoding and importing footage from SJ4000 even converted with MPEG Streamclip. How did You finally solve it? Regards!
    17. Just use the Gopro codec that shows up. it is not the one in the instruction set but it is the only one. I used several SJ4000 videos that did work in GP cineform. I have the newest version.
    18. Hi, could you help me. Here ise the video from garmin virb camera and edited with virb edit. but now I wish to edit this file in gopro studio. one thing is that I can´t find that gopro codec from the list? video itself: I can insert the video, but I can´t do anything with it, can´t trim, can´t edit etc
    19. sorry, I had a wrong link :)
    20. Hi, I'm having the same issue as Alex had. GoPro studio worked well then stopped and I cannot convert any file now. So I wanted to use your method but when I put it on GoProStudio, I only have the sound. The video I wanna use is one I exported from GoPro Studio previoulsy. Please I need you help to figure a way to convert my videos and go straight to step 2. Thanks a lot for your time
    21. hey , ik have no sound in the video ? regards stefan

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