Over 2 million GoPros are sold every year. They have become incredibly popular over the last decade in part due to their small size, durability, and an almost endless supply of features and add-ons. While these cameras are durable and fairly easy to use, choosing the right GoPro video editor can be a little more difficult. Here is our guide to choosing the best GoPro video editor.
After filming on your GoPro, all you have is raw footage. To get it looking good, it really needs to be edited and processed. Even if you just plan on sharing it with friends and family, you should get the footage cleaned up a bit. You'll want all the boring parts deleted, any fish lens distortions corrected, and maybe even a touch of color grading. There's nothing duller than raw video. To turn your video from amateurish to at least decent looking, you'll need video editing software.
One of the most important things when selecting an editor is that it has "lens correction." GoPros have the tendency to create the "fish eye lens" distortion. This makes the horizon look too curved, and edges that are supposed to be straight have a bend.
Additionally, you'll want a video editor that is just as customizable as your GoPro. Be sure that whichever software you choose has an adjustable frame rate and resolution. It would be pointless to film in 60FPS and 4K, only to be transferred to an editor that can't handle that high of a resolution. With that in mind, here are our choices for the best GoPro video editor.
Quick is a free video editing software developed in-house by GoPro. As it was designed by the GoPro team, it works very well with the camera. You can apply filters, change video speed, and most importantly, get rid of that dreaded fish eye look. Since the software syncs with your actual camera, you don't need to worry about compatibility with FPS or resolution. The biggest downside to Quick is that it's too basic. There is not a lot of customization for color grading or graphics animation. It is a good choice if you need something simple, but you won't be able to make a feature-length film or documentary on Quick alone.
Adobe Premiere Pro has many more features than Quick, particularly in the ability to layer multiple tracks. With Premiere Pro, you can easily add keyframes on layered objects to create simple animations. The biggest downside with Adobe Premiere Pro is it is a subscription software. In order to use it, you have to pay every month. At minimum, it costs $20 a month. The subscription price can easily go up if you need additional features like audio editing or more sophisticated graphics. The only justification for its cost is that it is widely used by industry editors.
That is our take on the best video editing software for GoPro. Your specific goals for your videos will help determine the best option for you. Have fun with your GoPro!