"I've been trying to edit some GoPro footage shot in r4 (960p, 30fps) with Final Cut Express but the files keep playing in really bad quality. I've used MPEG Streamclip to convert the files but am still unable to play the footage in full quality. Can somebody help me???"
GoPro HD camera records videos in full HD 1080P MP4 H.264 format, a kind of video format that Final Cut Express can't actually edit, it can imports MOV files with Apple Intermediate Codec, which is a much more editing friendly HD supporting codec.
Mac users have big problems with all the video formats. GoPro Video Converter for Mac was recommended to me by a local woman who specializes in Mac computers as I was having problems downloading from my new video camera to my software program. The conversion speed and quality are very good. It was so easy to use.I can say it was very easy to figure out right away and I really appreciate that.You can try it.
Mac GoPro Video Converter is a specailly designed program to convert GoPro HD MP4 files to any other file formats like MOV, AVI, WMV, MPG, FLV, 3GP, MKV etc for editing in FCP iMovie or any other video editing applications on Mac, or you can even transfer GoPro HD MP4 files on portable devices like iPad Mini, iPhone 5, Kindle Fire 2 or upload to websites such as YouTube, Myspace for sharing.
Step by step to convert GoPro HD video to AIC MOV
Step 1: Load GoPro HD MP4 files
Click “Add” to browse to and import GoPro HD MP4 files.
Step 2: Choose output format
Click on “Format” and choose “iMovie and Final Cut Express" >>"Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”. The format is developed by Apple and is natively supported by FCE. AIC encoded .mov video can be instantly imported to FCE without long-time rendering.
Step 3: Convert GoPro HD MP4 footages
Click “Convert” to start transcoding GoPro HD MP4 videos to FCE MOV AIC files. When conversion complete you click “Open” to find converted .mov videos.
Tips: You can aslo use GoPro Video Converter Mac to transcode GoPro HD MP4 videos to ProRes MOV for editing GoPro HD mp4 movies in Final Cut Pro or iMovie. If you need to edit GoPro MP4 videos in Windows Movie Maker, you can turn to GoPro Video Converter to convert GoPro MP4 files to AVI, WMV, MPG for editing GoPro HD MP4 videos in Windows Movie Maker.