Post-processing (video editing) is absolutely essential to create an awesome family video.
In this post, I briefly summarized what options are available, why to start with GoPro Studio and what to expect (pros and cons).
Benefits of GoPro Studio
If you never edited a video in any program, GoPro studio might be the right choice to start with. It is very easy to handle with straightforward controls which is great for beginners.
There is one more benefit – GoPro Studio is free. Why not try this option first? You can always change the tools later if you need to.
The good thing is that this will teach you the basics pretty fast. Similar principles will apply to other programs too, it will only become more sophisticated.
What’s Not so Good
Usually, paid video editing programs are complex tools. GoPro Studio doesn’t have advanced features which are available in expensive programs.
Another thing is that GoPro Studio is not for larger projects. If the length of the final video will exceed 5 minutes the video editing process might be frustrating. GoPro studio will crash unexpectedly and you might experience other problems. If you consider to do long videos right from the start, maybe you should look for a different program.
But don’t worry about other programs if you have just started. You don’t need anything sophisticated for most of the regular family video projects. We created all our videos in GoPro Studio in the first year of video editing.
Other Video Editing Software?
You will find a wide variety of video editing programs. You should already know what features you need before you purchase anything. This requires some basic experience. That’s why I recommend to start with free GoPro Studio first.
Paid programs are usually more advanced, but also expensive and complicated at the beginning. You might spend several painful days / weeks of learning before you get any result from it. This is something to keep in mind if you are first time user.
One of the best programs is Adobe Premiere Pro. Even GoPro company use it sometimes for their own video production. We switched to Adobe Premiere Pro too when we needed to create more complex projects and more convenient work.
Download GoPro Studio
If you decide to start with GoPro Studio:
In these days it is bundled with GoPro App. Install it and then find GoPro Studio part of the program.
Edit Video in 3 Simple Steps
At first, you might be a little intimidated if you are not very comfortable with computers. But I want to show you that it is, in fact, easy and it doesn’t have to cost you a lot of time and money.
That is the reason why we created series of simple GoPro Studio tutorials to guide you. Just follow them step by step and it will be fast and painless.
Video editing in GoPro Studio is divided into 3 basic steps:
1. View & Trim
- import raw files
- trim out unwanted parts
- convert files
- timeline (story)
- more precise cut
- export final video
You might need a few more things to do, for example, to add music to your video.
What program do you use for video editing? Please share with us your experience in comments below.
Thanks for reading!