[updated & simplified] how to convert an .avi file for use in gopro studio, using only freeware

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[updated & simplified] how to convert an .avi file for use in gopro studio, using only freeware more than a year ago, i published the article how to convert an .avi file for use in gopro studio, using only freeware, which has apparently seen quite some interest. recently, the article has accumulated more and more comments about problems following the tutorial. after a fresh install of Windows and GoPro Studio, the Cineform HD codec is indeed no longer available in MPEG Streamclip.

here’s an easier method of converting non-GoPro videos for compatibility with GoPro Studio, which has worked for me. this one replaces MPEG Streamclip with another piece of free, open-source software: Handbrake. it does, however, require a “Step 1″ type import of the converted video, and subsequent conversion inside GoPro Studio before you can use it in “Step 2″ (Edit).

first, download Handbrake and install it.
Open the video file you’d like to convert via “Source”, and then use the following settings (screenshots below):

Video tab:
Video codec: H.264 (x264)
Constant Framerate
H.264 Profile: High
H.264 Level: 4.1

Audio tab:
Codec: AAC (avcodec)
Bitrate: 128
Samplerate: 48

To adjust the sample rate, toggle “Show/Hide” in the right (marked green in the screenshot below).

Finally, make sure to change the output file extension to .mp4 if it auto-fills with .m4v. Using these settings, i was able to import footage from a Sony RX100 into GoPro Studio starting at “Step 1: View and Trim”, and edit it in Step 2 (following GoPro Studio’s conversion).

how to convert an .avi file for use in gopro studio, using only freeware [updated, simplified version] how to convert an .avi file for use in gopro studio, using only freeware [updated, simplified version]

15 comments on “[updated & simplified] how to convert an .avi file for use in gopro studio, using only freeware

  1. […] 2015-08-19: this tutorial doesn’t seem to be working anymore. try the updated, simplified GoPro Studio conversion article […]
  2. Hallo, I have tried both versions in MPEG stream clip and handbrake: it still gives an error that it is not gopro source files
  3. hi deon, can you provide a sample video that doesn't work for you?
  4. Thanks for the instructions! Worked like a charm!
  5. Markus thank you so much, finally solved my problem! Genius!
  6. Every time I run it through Gopro studio it cuts out the audio. Any suggestions?
  7. yes: play with the audio settings in handbrake, and compare with audio compression etc. in actual gopro videos.
  8. The gopro studio trim tools are still not available. I see the following message: "trimming available only for gopro source clips".
  9. I am getting the same message as Daniel
  10. Thanks ! It worked well from me with handbrake and the suggested settings. Source was an iphone or ipad video.
  11. Hi I have done the above and managed to get my files into GoPro studio now but they are showing as very very narrow in the view & trim screen now, although they play normally on media player??? Please help!!
  12. Man I fuc**ng love you!! Thank you :) It worked perfect
  13. Thank you so muck for the help! This works beautifully. I do wildlife photography and use my GoPro quite a bit. I have Bushnell trail cameras with video clips now that I am incorporating into the videos in GoPro editting software. This was a lifesaver!
  14. Worked great on OSX Yosemite
  15. Thanks for the guide, unfortunatelly this doesn't work for Quik. I had broken video on my GoPro Hero 4, which I repaired and converted with Handbrake, I was able to import it to GoPro Studio, but no success with Quik. Too bad. :(

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