I recently acquired Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. I put my clip (30 seconds long) and I go to preview while editing, for the first 1.5 seconds it is fine but then it is very choppy. The audio is fine but the video does not play smoothly. This is only happening with GoPro Hero 3 videos, any of my other cameras are fine. How can I get the GoPro with PP CS6 compatibility fixed? Do a Google search for “GoPro to Premiere Pro”, some guys have offered their solutions. And in this page, I will quickly walk you through the guide to import GoPro Hero 3 video into Premiere Pro CS6 for smooth editing, in my experience.
As you know Gopro(including GoPro Hero 3, Surf Hero, Hero 960, HD Hero 2), records MP4 videos, but it seems Adobe Premiere Pro even the recent Premier Pro CS6 does not like the way. The file type is a compressed output format, but not ideal for editing in NLE system. To solve those problems, the quick workaround is to transcode MP4 files to Premiere Pro natively supported formats (MPG/WMV/MOV are highly recommended).
To transcode GoPro Hero 3 footage for PP CS6, you need to use a GoPro video converter. In this case, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac (Click here to get the equivalent Windows version) is the first and best choice for you.
The program is the best Video Converter for GoPro HD footage. With this Gopro video converter, you can effortlessly transcode Gopro MP4 to MPEG-2 or MOV, which will create an Adobe Premiere friendly file format keeping the Gopro orginal quality. Besides Premiere, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Sony Vegas, Premiere Element, AVI for Pinnacle Studio and more NLE systems for native editing. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.
Step-by-step guide on converting GoPro Hero 3 MP4 to Premiere Pro CS6:
Step 1: Add Gopro MP4 video files
Install and launch the GoPro HD MP4 converter and load source MP4 clips from GoPro Hero3 to it.
Tip: If you need, check the “Merge into one file” box to combine GoPro clips into a single file.
Step 2: Choose output format
Click “Format” pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well.
Tip – Profile Settings:
In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.
Step 3: Start encoding GoPro MP4 video
Click “Convert” button to start encoding Gopro Hero 3 MP4 video to MPG/MOV/WMV for importing to Premiere Pro CS6.
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 CS6 to do further editing flawlessly.