Transcode and Import GoPro Hero4 Black 4K Video to Premiere Pro

With this guide, you can smoothly import and edit GoPro Hero4 Black 4K .MP4 footage in Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5.


The GoPro Hero4 Black is capable of capturing 4K video at 30 fps, 2.7K video at 50 fps and 1080 at 120 fps, which makes it the best choice for videographers who are found in outdoor activities. However, there are some problems such as not showing the video but audio only, unsupported file type when playing & editing GoPro Hero4 video in Adobe, especially in 4K. So what’s the matter? And is there an easy workaround to import and edit GoPro Hero4 4K .MP4 Footage in Adobe Premiere Pro with smooth workflow. Read on for details.

Well, according to our multiple testing, we found two main basic reasons behind there. As you know, the GoPro Hero4 records MP4 videos in H.264 codec, but it seems Adobe Premiere Pro(including the recent Premier Pro CC) does not like the way. The file type is a compressed output format, but not ideal for editing in NLE system. What’s more, Adobe PP CS6, CC can handle (usually) 4K files without much problem, but it is extremely hardware intensive.

The list of 4k editing optimizations for Premiere Pro CC:

CPU: minimum Intel i7-5930K or equivalent. AMD lagging way behind.
RAM: minimum 16GB, better 32GB or more
GPU: dedicated graphics with minimum NVidia GTX 780Ti, or GTX 970 or the higher end Quadro M4000. AMD have currently unreliable drivers.
GPU: VRAM minimum 3GB with 256bit memory bus
HDD: at least 100MB/s read/write speed

To solve those problems, the quick workaround is to transcode GoPro Hero4 (4K) MP4 files to Premiere Pro natively supported formats (MPG/WMV/MOV are highly recommended in 1080p) as primary delivery format. Along with some help from EaseFab Video Converter for Mac (compatible with the macOS Sierra), it can be done effortlessly. Overall, the program is the best Video Converter for GoPro Hero4 footage. With this Gopro video converter, you can effortlessly transcode Gopro Hero4 MP4 to MPEG-2 or MOV, which will create an Adobe Premiere friendly file format keeping the Gopro original quality. Besides Premiere, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie and more NLE systems for native editing. For Windows users, Video Converter is the alternative choice.

Converting GoPro Hero4 MP4 files for Adobe Premier Pro editing smoothly

Step 1: Add Gopro Hero4 footage

Install and launch the best GoPro Hero4 video converter and load source MP4 clips(not matter in 1080p, 4K) to it.


Step 2: Choose output format

Click “Profile” pull down list to select “Editing Software > MPEG-2 as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well.


Step 3: Advanced Profile Settings

In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. Here personally I recommend you to set the video size as 1920*1080p for better editing. Of course, if you want to get original 4K resolution, just keep the video size as original.

Step 4: Start encoding GoPro Hero 4 videos

Click “Convert” button to start transcoding Gopro Hero4 MP4 video to MPG/MOV/WMV for importing to Premiere Pro CS6/CC or Adobe PP CS3/CS4/CS5.

When the conversion task is finished, click “Open” button to get the exported files and then import the converted GoPro MP4 files into Adobe Premiere Pro To do further editing flawlessly.

Read More:
How to import GoPro Hero4 4K video to Avid
Downscaling/Downconverting DJI Phantom 4 4K footage to 1080p on Mac
Best Way to Edit Canon XC10 XF-AVC 4K MXF in iMovie

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