Imagine you captured a nice family photo during your trip and you want to add it to your video. How to insert a still image into GoPro Studio project? The process is not so straightforward as I would expect. If you have ever tried this you might already know how frustrated it can be. Import of non-GoPro pictures (from DSLR camera or cell phone) is even more complicated.
In this tutorial, I walk you through this process and show you little tricks to make it simple and fast. Hopefully, it may save you a couple hours of frustration.
The process seems familiar and quite simple. At first, you import and convert a picture to a video in STEP 1 in your GoPro Studio. Then you need to add the converted video to the timeline in STEP 2. This is what you would normally do when working with your video files.
So what is the problem?
I made many attempts with one of the following results:
- GoPro Studio crashed unexpectedly
- the conversion of a photo ended by an error
- the conversion worked well but the final result wasn’t one still photo but the whole timelapse of photos
This was so frustrating…
I had to dig deeper on the internet and then perform a LOT of testing to solve these problems. But still, after hundreds of tests on three different computers, not all photos were successfully converted. Let’s uncover at least some of those mysterious errors, one by one.
Preparation Before GoPro Studio Work
Create a new folder and copy the desired photo there. It is important to have only one single image in this folder. GoPro Studio tries to connect other photos in the same folder and it may cause problems. For example, the result is a timelapse video instead of a still photo.
Prepare Non-GoPro Photo for Adding to GoPro Studio
If your photo doesn’t come from GoPro camera, for example, from your DSLR or cell phone, it is even more tricky. You will need to do a little editing before importing to GoPro Studio.
Resize the picture to the final width 4000 pixels and keep the same ratio width-height. Then crop the photo using fixed ratio 4:3. Your final picture should be 4000 pixels wide and 3000 pixels high.
GoPro Studio – Import and Convert Photo to a Video
First of all, I recommend you to start any work with pictures AFTER conversion of all your videos in STEP 1. This is because we need to change the conversion settings for photos.
Now we are ready to start the work with the desired picture. Import your photo from the previously created folder.
Change an advanced settings: FRAME RATE (5 sec/frame or 2 sec/frame), uncheck DEFLICKER, high QUALITY.
And here comes the critical phase – convert the photo to a video file.
Conversion of Photo Doesn’t Work
Yep, here we go, conversion didn’t work. This happened a lot to me. After couple hours of testing, I was pretty mad.
Here I summarized a few troubleshooting tips which might help you (sometimes worked for me and sometimes not):
- rename the file
- decrease the size of a photo by using “Save as” option in photo editing program and choosing lower quality
- close and re-open GoPro Studio
- check for updates or re-instal GoPro Studio
- restart the computer
- use a different computer
- non-English operating system might cause problems too
Still not working? Sorry for the frustration. Maybe try your luck with another picture.
Adjust Time of Photo Appearance
If the conversion was successful, jump right into STEP 2 in GoPro Studio. Drag the photo (video) from left column to the timeline.
You can adjust the length of the video by changing its speed.
When writing about a still photo in the video I should also mention popular and nice looking effect – zooming slightly in or out. It looks much better than just a still photo, it is more dynamic.
I was looking around quite a while how to do it. It turned out it is even more complicated than just adding the still picture described above. It would be a little bit too much for this post so I will cover this in the next GoPro Studio tutorial.
GoPro Studio was not originally made for importing photos and thus it might be quite painful to do it. We performed these tests on three computers. The results seemed to be dependent on the machine, operating system and file properties.
My husband’s PC (English Windows) performed the best and converted most of the pictures with no problems. My desktop with non-English Windows had many issues during conversions but at least it converted almost a half of the pictures (after trying the troubleshooting tips described above). Last was my laptop (non-English Windows) – it didn’t do the job in most of the cases no matter what I tried. Honestly, I don’t know exactly why. When I tried the exact same process on my desktop and laptop (both have same operating system) – conversion on desktop went well while on laptop failed. Strange…
I hope this tutorial might help other people to avoid this frustration. Does anyone of you experienced any problems? Please let us know, thank you!