PC editing software for GoPro

I got this GoPro Hero2 a few days ago and started palying with it today. Set it up, shot a couple of videos. First video was a short 1-2 min clip in 1080 around the house. Loaded it in MovieMaker did a bit of editing, uploaded to YouTube - no problem. The raw file size of this first video was 128MB before edits. It took a few minutes for MovieMaker to "prepare" it before I could start working on it.

Then I stuck the GoPro on a suction cup mount onto my Jeep's windshield and drove around town. I took an 8-minute video in 1080. File size is about 700 MB. It's taking MovieMaker an awefully long time to prepare it. It's not stuck, it's working, but it's slooooooow. Got a quad-core machine with 16 GB RAM - so it's not your (or mine) grandpa's IBM - but still....

What besides MovieMaker do you PC guys use for editing? AND does it "prepare" big files pretty quickly so you can start hacking at them? I remember someone here uses AVS4YOU. How does that handle big files??

BTW - this GoPro is sweet. I love the fact that you can rotate the recording so that for example if you've got the camera mounted upside down on the bottom of your t-top, you won't have to go through the trouble of flippping the recorded video with editing software.

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  • Plane Fish nPlane Fish n Posts: 6,428 Admiral
    Hey Paul,

    Oh man... I can tell you that the first time I tried to SAVE the video using Windows Live Movie Maker, it took forever. For a 7 minute video, it can take slightly over an hour.

    I am using the top of the line I7 Intel computer with 12 GB ddr3 ram and a 1.5 TB hard drive.

    It can be just as slow at times uploading to YouTube depending on how busy their site is.

    Some guys are using a MAC program on their Mac Computers ( I have a Mac laptop but upgrading shortly so I will be trying that program as well).

    I hope this helps.

    Cheers
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  • PaulBoatPaulBoat Posts: 4,389 Officer
    Hey Paul,

    Oh man... I can tell you that the first time I tried to SAVE the video using Windows Live Movie Maker, it took forever. For a 7 minute video, it can take slightly over an hour.

    I am using the top of the line I7 Intel computer with 12 GB ddr3 ram and a 1.5 TB hard drive.

    It can be just as slow at times uploading to YouTube depending on how busy their site is.

    Some guys are using a MAC program on their Mac Computers ( I have a Mac laptop but upgrading shortly so I will be trying that program as well).

    I hope this helps.

    Cheers

    Thx Eric - I got the part about saving and uploading the finished work can take a bit of time....

    But does it normally take a long time for MovieMaker to do its thing before you can start editing the clip?

    For those that use other software besides MM, can you normally start working pretty quickly on a 10-min 1080 clip that's let's say about 1GB??
  • Plane Fish nPlane Fish n Posts: 6,428 Admiral
    Hey Paul,

    Yeah, I have no problem actually uploading the video to Movie Maker which then enables me to start editing if that is what you are talking about.

    I shoot mine and edit in 1080 and it is like instantaneous when I open Movie Maker and click on upload. I then see all the clips and I just double click on them and Poof.. they are in Movie Maker ready for editing.

    If I'm still not getting what you are saying.. I'm going to defer to the rest of the forum.

    Good luck.
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    Eric
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  • PaulBoatPaulBoat Posts: 4,389 Officer
    You got it!!!!!! Thanks.
  • Uncle BuckUncle Buck Posts: 1,188 Officer
    Plane Fish n... I used iMovie'11 on my Mac for my recent video.

    Paul... Sorry, I don't have any knowledge of video editors for Windows PCs. Best bet is to search online — especially on forums dedicated to GoPro users.
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  • PaulBoatPaulBoat Posts: 4,389 Officer
    Thanks guys.
    The software itself is pretty easy to use, and as expected it would take a bit of time to render the final video post edits and upload to YT. The only hiccup I was having is that once I import the raw video into MM for editing, it would take a pretty long time before I could start manipulating the video.

    Here's a boring clip I put together - I had gone to Best Buy in Boynton to pick up a suction cup mount, so I tested it on the way back home.
  • Plane Fish nPlane Fish n Posts: 6,428 Admiral
    Uncle Buck wrote: »
    Plane Fish n... I used iMovie'11 on my Mac for my recent video.

    Thanks Buck,

    I'm going to definitely get a copy of that on my new Mac. :thumbsup
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    Eric
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  • Flats BossFlats Boss Posts: 68 Deckhand
    You can try converting them to .mov files and work on the compression. The compression settings are key to file size.
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  • century7century7 Posts: 2,400 Captain
    It is kind of off topic but has anyone done editing with their ipad or other type of tablet? I know it will not have as many features but i just want to make basic vidoes if i get a GoPro.
    It works 60% of the time all the time......
  • Uncle BuckUncle Buck Posts: 1,188 Officer
    Thanks Buck,

    I'm going to definitely get a copy of that on my new Mac. :thumbsup

    The best part is, if it doesn't come preloaded, iMovie is only a $15 download from the Mac App Store. It's probably the best value-per-dollar software I've ever known.
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  • Ilive2fishIlive2fish Posts: 239 Deckhand
    I use Pinnacle Studio editing software on my PC. I have yet to use it with my son's GoPro. We have footage from the summer but I edited it with the Movie Maker that is loaded in our laptop. Pinnacle is a pretty good product.
  • isla21isla21 Posts: 2,115 Officer
    Don't know about software, but you are horrible at stop signs and the beginning of the video it sounds like your cv joints are bad. :). I am getting one for x mas so keep the replys coming.
  • JRussellJRussell Posts: 1,411 Officer
    I started out using Windows Movie Maker, but after a couple of successful movies it started giving some odd error and wouldn't complete the save process. Not cool after spending 2-4 hrs editing a 10 minute video and getting it just right! :banghead

    I posted a similar question on the GoPro forum and after reading the responses I tried Adobe Premiere and found it to have a steeper learning curve. I then tried Sony Vegas and decided it was a little easier to use.
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  • GT FishGT Fish Posts: 9,448 Officer
    Video pad Video Editor is what i use.. Simple to use and a free D/L..
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  • CaptTaterCaptTater Posts: 20,096 Officer
    I have the AVS4You. No complaints. Takes a while to process the final work.. I'll tell you throwing RAM and CPU at what is a disk/file performance issue ain't gonna help. Try using a pair of SAS drives instead of SATA. You can use SSD if you want but they aren't that much faster on sequential.
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  • PaulBoatPaulBoat Posts: 4,389 Officer
    isla21 wrote: »
    Don't know about software, but you are horrible at stop signs and the beginning of the video it sounds like your cv joints are bad. :). I am getting one for x mas so keep the replys coming.

    I have the same brakes as I do on the boat
  • isla21isla21 Posts: 2,115 Officer
    PaulBoat wrote: »
    I have the same brakes as I do on the boat
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  • PaulBoatPaulBoat Posts: 4,389 Officer
    CaptTater wrote: »
    I have the AVS4You. No complaints. Takes a while to process the final work.. I'll tell you throwing RAM and CPU at what is a disk/file performance issue ain't gonna help. Try using a pair of SAS drives instead of SATA. You can use SSD if you want but they aren't that much faster on sequential.
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    Thanks - but the CPU was actually getting pegged with no other apps running.

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    When I dump a bunch of clips into MM, it starts "preparing" them for editing - that's the process that takes a while for me on my laptop. Switched to my desktop with a bunch more CPU horsepower, and it's much much faster.

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  • CaptTaterCaptTater Posts: 20,096 Officer
    But what was your disk utilization? It takes a lot CPU to move things in and out of the swap file. Anyway, I'm using Movie Maker before LIVE and it imported a 700MB movie in under 10 seconds on a 1.6Ghz single core 2005 era notebook with a 5400 RPM disk. Looks like that encoder for Live is the suck.
    I did not read the story but if you take tax payers money maybe you should be held to some standards.-Cyclist
    when we say the same thing about welfare recipients, you cry like a wounded buffalo Sopchoppy
    It's their money, they spend it how they like. Truth and honesty have nothing to do with it. - Mr Jr
    "“A radical is one who advocates sweeping changes in the existing laws and methods of government.” "

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