Convert GoPro Hero MP4 to DNxHD MOV for Avid MC

“I got some shots from a new hero 3. the clips have a resolution of 1920×1440 pixels. I can AMA link ‘em, but they get squeezed. is there a way to maintain the corret aspect ratio?

I don’t want to have to use Sorenseon or Premiere or AE to convert the clips before being able to edit them…”

Born from a passion to capture your love of sport from your perspective, the Gopro cameras like the hot Gopro HD Hero 4, Gopro HD Hero 3+, Gopro HD Hero 3, Gopro HD Hero2, Gopro HD Hero are all the feat of engineering. Gopro records in MP4 files, using H.264 video (AVC) and AAC audio and has many different resolutions, which gives you the ability to capture and share life’s most passionate experiences. Since GoPro generated high quality action image, people always use it to record sporting and other activities. The point here, you will find it a painful experience to uploading GoPro HD footage to Avid Media Composer for further editing. And you may encounter problems like above.

As you know, the GoPro Hero4/HERO3/HERO2 cameras record in MPEG-4 and outputs its files as .MP4 files (the container). Files are compressed using the h.264 codec.  Since the MP4 codec is a final delivery codec it is not one you want to use for editing. Therefore you need to convert GoPro HERO MP4 to a more editing-friendly format for Media Composer. On Avid official website, it recommends DNxHD or XDCAM codec for editing, and DNxHD codec is the first choice. So if you want to edit GoPro HD footage in Avid MC smoothly, you should transcode the .MP4 to DNxHD MOV files, which ensures the best results when using in MC. Below I will outline how to transfer and use GoPro HERO camera files in Avid Media Composer without quality loss. If you’re facing the issues, read on to find the answer.

First you need to download UFUWare HD Video Converter for Mac or Windows, a powerful high-quality video converter, player and editor. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Gopro MP4 to DNxHD MOV files, which will create an Avid MC friendly file format keeping the Gopro orginal quality. Besides Avid, this software can also export MPEG-2 for Sony Vegas, Premiere Element, AVI for Pinnacle Studio and more NLE systems for native editing.

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So, what does the workflow look like?

1) Create a folder with the original GoPro .MP4 files on your hard drive.

2) Launch the GoPro Video Converter.

3) Click “Add Video” button or “Add from folder” button to select and load all your .MP4 files in your folder.

4) Click Format on the main interface and choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format.


a. Select all GoPro Hero videos and click Merge to join GoPro H.264 clips together if necessary.

b. QUALITY: 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.

Finally, click “Convert” and your files will be converted into DNxHD .MOV files ready to be imported into Avid Media Composer.

You’ve done. Now you can get started with editing GoPro Hero4/HERO3/HERO2 HD footage in Media Composer without problems.

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