After I shared this post which included a video of the recent half marathon I took part in, I have been asked by a couple of people what program I used to put the video together and how it works. The answer is just about as simple as the program itself, GoPro Studio.
Anyone can download the GoPro Studio software here and use it to create some awesome clips! This is by no means an in depth look at the program but rather a quick look at the steps to take when creating your first video in GoPro Studio.
How It Works
Well, it really is easy and the software even offers you a step by step guideline to run you through the intuitive user interface. The first step is importing content (movies and time-lapse sequences) form your hard drive into the program. The software automatically renders time-lapse stills into a movie for you and, thanks to the file name structure, can distinguish between different time-lapse shoots for you.
Once you’;ve imported the content it appears on the left hand side of your screen, ready for you to preview and make some initial edits to each clip. Hitting the advanced settings button opens up a dialogue which will allow you to adjust the image size (I usually use 1080 for my content) and frame rate which is especially handy for time-lapse sequences but also for video (24 frames per second is the standard). At this stage you can also adjust the image quality, which obviously helps when it comes to managing file sizes. I have only used medium so far but have found the quality to be great.
It is at this stage that you can adjust the clip start and end point (using the slider at the bottom of the clip), ensuring that you remove any of those unwanted-up-the-nostril portraits of yourself as you fiddle with the camera settings. You can also change the file name to something a little bit more descriptive, making in it easy to find specific clips in your movie library down the line. You can also change the destination folder or directory for each clip at this stage before it is exported.
Once you’ve optimised the clip settings, adjusted your start and end points, renamed the file and selected the final destination of your clip, add it to the conversion list. Repeat this process for each individual clip in your left sidebar that you would like to include in your movie and then hit the convert button.
Now, this is where GoProStudio has really mixed things up and made it easy for anyone to put together a slick video. They have a number of templates which range in length and number of cuts which you can simply drag and drop your own video content into. The transitions are perfectly timed with the music making it pretty much foolproof to put together a video like a pro!
[space height=”15″] If you don’t find a template that you like you can choose your own music which you can simply add to your left hand sidebar before dragging it into the content holder at the bottom of the window. Creating a title for your masterpiece is easy and you can manually adjust the position of the the title in the main window.
Once you’ve got the title sorted out, drag and drop your clips into the placeholder holder at the bottom of the window. Once again you can adjust the length of the clip you are adding using the “Mark In Point” and “Mark Out Point” selectors whilst you watch your clip in the main frame. THis is important to keep in mind if you are using a templet as each slot has a set duration (eg 2 seconds) and you will need to select the right moments that you are wanting to portray by adjusting these markers accordingly. These are incredibly useful for timing transitions to the beat of your chosen audio track!
On the right of frame you can apply fades, adjust white balance, adjust audio levels as well as zooming in or out of a frame.
The “Presets” panel in the bottom right hand corner allows you to quiskly apply various colour effects and vignettes to each of your clips.
Once you have added all of the content for your video and applied the desired special effects, you are ready to export your clip by hitting the export tab on the top right of screen.
The export dialogue is pretty simple, allowing you to choose the final destination for your video as well as the quality settings for this particular file. HD1080 is the setting I use most often for storing the master versions of my videos but I will often export a second copy on the HD720 setting. The cool feature here is that it will actually give you an estimate of the final file size.
I’m hoping to have the finished product of the content you have seen here up in a blog post in the next coupe of days!
What doesn’t it do?
The only limitation that I have found (and I could be missing something here) is that the software wont allow you to import or include JPEG files in your video. I was a bit shocked at first but it makes sense given that GoPro Studio is more about creating striking and amazing videos (just check out some of the free templates that are on offer) than it is about creating slideshows of your still shots. It would be cool to be able to include the odd still shot but I guess there are loads of other software programs that can do that for you!
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