How to Edit Non-Gopro Footage in GoPro Studio – Mobius SJ4000 ActionCam

by Oscar
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GoPro Studio is a simple yet solid video editing tool. For our RC hobbyists, we use GoPro studio a lot for our GoPro camera footage. There are great features such as “Flux“. But for those who has the Mobius Camera, or other non-GoPro camera, you can also use GoPro Studio for editing.

The problem is if you try to import the video files straight from these cameras, GoPro Studio won’t accept them. This is because the format is not supported. In order to solve that, we need to first convert these videos into something recognisable by GoPro Studio.

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The tool you need for the job is the free Windows Movie Maker. If you don’t have it, google it and download it from Microsoft, it’s free on any Windows Machine. If you are on Mac or Linux system, sorry I don’t know because I don’t use these systems.

First you need to create a custom format setting for output videos, which specifies the resolution, bit rate, frame rate and audio format. Click on the downward arrow under “Save Movie”, and choose “create custom settings”.

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The settings for your custom format depends, if you own a Gopro, go to your one of your Gopro raw file, and check the properties. You should be able to find the values for these settings, and you can just copy those values over.

For me, I usually use these values for my Mobius footage and it’s giving me good result.

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Once you have saved it, import your mobius footage in Windows Movie Maker, and “save movie” with the format you just created. Remember to save the file as “H.264 Video File” (.mp4), this is important!

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Now try to import the video again, it should now show up in GoPro Studio! :D

Finally, Here is some trick on how to convert 30fps video into 60fps using “Flux”, it makes the video look a lot more smoother.

Have fun video editing!

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24 comments

Travis 20th May 2017 - 3:40 pm

Hi,
Thaks so much for the article and help. I’ve followed all the steps and get to the “Save as type:” section. It’s automatically on “Movie Maker Projects” and won’t allow me to select anything else. I have the 2012 vesion of windows movie maker.

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Oscar 28th May 2017 - 4:18 pm

you need the previous version

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Kai 1st September 2016 - 1:03 am

Hi! I really need help-I’ve been recording my whole summer with a knock-off gopro and I did everything you said to do and was basically in the middle of editing on gopro studio when my pc stopped working. I was able to transfer all my files to a mac, but i can’t open the files in gopro studio again and there’s no movie maker for mac and i don’t know how to use imovie very well and at this point I’m stuck and very sad and frustrated. If there is anyway you could figure out how to save clips in the format that gopro studio likes in a program that works on a mac, that would be absolutely fantastic.

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Oscar 3rd September 2016 - 2:06 pm

sorry i don’t use Mac unfortunately… but GoPro studio should accept any MP4 files…
try converting your files with “format factory” maybe? just make sure you keep the original files in case things happen.

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ray 9th June 2017 - 1:08 pm

You can use iMovie app for the Mac.

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jim 25th June 2016 - 6:04 pm

did the conversion on non-edited video in movie maker, just as you said. the fisheye option is not available. using version 2.5.

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Kin Sze 12th February 2016 - 3:57 pm

Hi Oscar,

Thanks for the information. The instructions worked well.

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Gerald Villaraiz 22nd January 2016 - 4:36 pm

Hi Oscar

Can you upload a video using these steps so we can follow accordingly I really need Go Pro studio software for my sj4000 camera.

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Oscar 25th January 2016 - 8:31 pm

Okay sure Gerald, i will do that once i have free time!
lastly, i would really appreciate it if you could post your questions on the forum in the future: http://intoFPV.com … I don’t want to miss your comment, because I only check my blog comments once a week, but I use the forum daily!

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The Dutchman 4th January 2016 - 5:14 am

Hi there Oscar

I did what you said, but like the rest, i can play the video but not editing the video.
i saw you said, you can do it in window movie maker, but we all wanna use the go pro studio for our editing and not movie maker. its that possible or only with videos from go pro??

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Oscar 6th January 2016 - 1:01 pm

you can edit video recorded by non-gopro cameras, only after it’s been converted!

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Rach 8th April 2016 - 12:28 pm

Hi Oscar, I am quite new at this! I have edited my movie from my regular Canon Powershot G12 camera in Windows Live Movie Maker. Now I just want to be able to save it so that it is in a format that can be loaded into the GoPro Studio software with the rest of my GoPro clips. I am trying to follow your instructions but am struggling to work out how to save as a H.264 Video File” (.mp4) as the only option coming up for me is .WMV (which then wont work in GoPro Studio).

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Rach

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sylvain 13th May 2016 - 2:10 pm

Use windows movie maker 2012 from windows 8 and you’ll have .mp4 ;)

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Joemon 4th November 2015 - 9:35 am

Hi Oscar,

I tried to download some youtube videos onto my desktop in mp4 and .mov files (which is accepted by go pro)

can you tube videos work with go pro studio after trying your steps? have you tried this yet?

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Kevin 18th October 2015 - 11:39 am

Hi Oscar,

I follow your instruction but I can’t edit the video I import from my Xiaomi Yi. GoPro Studio only play the video, can’t do any editing. Do you know any way to fix this?

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Oscar 19th October 2015 - 10:01 am

Hi Kevin

you need to convert it at the first stage first?

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Darryl 28th April 2015 - 9:10 am

Hi this didnt work. When I click on advance settings it didnt give me the option of remove fisheye.

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Oscar 28th April 2015 - 1:52 pm

the remove fish eye feature only works with gopro footage i think.

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matt 13th April 2015 - 5:58 pm

it gives you clips that you can play in go pro studio but you can’t use the clipping tools which makes editing a video nearly impossible

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Oscar 16th April 2015 - 12:10 am

that’s before the conversion, after conversion you can do whatever you want. If you want to cut the footage down, do that in windows movie maker before you convert it for GoPro Studio.

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Aaron Bailey 4th March 2015 - 10:49 pm

I have an SJ4000 camera. Is there a particular video editing software that is best for this camera and supported video?

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Oscar 5th March 2015 - 9:52 am

depends on what you want to do with the footage. For basic editing, Free software like windows movie maker/ GoPro Studio would do. For advance use, have a look at Sony Vegas Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, but they are quite expensive, and pretty hard to use.

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Bernd 10th February 2015 - 9:33 am

Hi Oscar,

I read your article about editing non GoPro footage with GoPro Studio.
My problem isn’t the import of these files but some of the tools for GoPro footage are no longer available with my files.

For example, I have some videos from a buddy, filmed with a GoPro 3 and I can check the box of “remove fisheye” in “Step 1” , “advanced settings”.
If I import my Rollei footage, I can’t see this option.

Is there any chance to get this or can I convert my raw footage into a GoPro footage with a software?

Thanks for your help

With great regards
Bernd

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Oscar 11th February 2015 - 6:24 pm

have you tried downloading the latest software? did you convert or editing the video previously? I think it would only work with RAW files.

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