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by Bryan Haines
Free GoPro Editing Software: 7 Options
Before we get started, I want to qualify the programs on this list. To be listed, they must offer a “free forever” version. Some of these programs are available for free with a premium upgrade. But there is no trial software included in the list.
How are these programs determined to be the “best”? They are deemed the best by thenumber of reviews and their features. While I’ve used many different video editing programs, I haven’t used all of them – but after writing this post, I plan to review a number of them.
Okay, lets begin!
Here’s the short list of the software options. Below this list, you’ll find more in-depth information on each option.
- GoPro Studio (Free) Probably the most used program for editing GoPro video footage.
- DaVinci Resolve 12.5: (Free and Paid) This is an impressive looking program. I’ve downloaded the free version and can’t wait to try it.
- Blender (Free) This open source software comes highly praised. Should be worth a look.
- Filmora Wondershare (Free and Paid) See how to get a free premium license below.
- iMovie for Mac (Free) Popular and free but you’ll have to own (buy) a Mac to use it.
- Windows Movie Maker (Free) This is popular because Microsoft makes it. And because it’s free. (You can probably do better.)
- Lightworks (Free and Paid) This is a new one to me. They offer a free and premium subscription option.
Additional GoPro Editing Software
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Bryan Haines is a travel blogger, photographer and content marketer. He is co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for Canadian travel brands). Bryan is also blogs on WiseGuides.ca, a Nova Scotia travel blog that he runs with his wife, Dena.
One of the first things I do when edit my GoPro videos is I browse for GoPro Music ideas. I ask myself how I want my video to feel, what “vibe” I want it to have, and stuff like that. Sometimes finding background music can take forever though! In this post, I put together some of my favorite GoPro background music tunes for Summer. Bookmark this post so you can come back to it! I’ll update it as I find more free GoPro music and paid GoPro music. Deal? This post contains affiliate links.
Let’s start with free background music, shall we?
Free GoPro Music
If you’ve read my post on background music, you know that Incompetech is my favorite place to get free GoPro music. Here are links to some of my recent favorites for summer!
- Tech Live is pretty cool, a little funky, but still laid back (free)
- Sunday Dub is another laid back groovy sound (free)
- Surf Shimmy is pretty rad… and sounds exactly like you think it should (free)
- Laser Groove is another cool one (free)
Meredith Marsh is a blogger, YouTuber, and podcast focused on motivating awesome people to create awesome videos–GoPro videos, family movies, vacation highlight reels, or business + marketing videos
Drone technology is getting better and better every year, making it easier for beginners to take it out of the box and take to the skies. However, even the most basic drone has a bit of a learning curve. So, if you’re ready to shoot some sweet aerial shots but don’t really know how to get off the ground, this video from Darious Britt of D4Darious shows you the basics of drone operation, from rules and regulations you need to follow before you take off to flight exercises you can practice once you’re in the air. Check it out below:
The internet is full of awful voice recordings. That may sound harsh, but it’s very true.
Now that pretty much every device includes some kind of microphone, it’s easy to be lazy and neglect this critical element of recording equipment.
To produce good content, high quality audio is key. To achieve high quality audio, you need to use a dedicated microphone.
Of course, there are many elements to making a high quality voice recording, not just the microphone. But this is perhaps the easiest element for us to control and improve.
Other elements such as recording technique, EQ and compression are vital for manipulating the sound that the microphone captures. You can’t completely change the sound with these other things, only improve it.
The character and tone of a voice recording is decided by the choice of microphone—ensure you get it right.
You may be aware that there are different types of microphone. I won’t go in to the finer details of how they work, and I won’t discuss the boring stuff. What I will do is tell you what you need to know:
- Dynamic microphones are great for getting warm sounding voice recordings.
- Condenser microphones are great for getting clear and natural sounding voice recordings.
While you’re busy obsessing over your principal photography, your b-roll is over there begging for some attention.
If you’re an experienced filmmaker, you know that all of your supplemental footage requires almost as much planning, preparation, and TLC as your principal photography. Just like with anything you shoot, you’ve got to plan your shots, make difficult cinematic decisions, and be able to change it up at the drop of a hat if you need to, which can be a huge challenge if you don’t really know what it takes to get good b-roll.
If you’re new to this, don’t worry, because filmmaker Darious Britt of D4Darious shares a ton of great insight on how to capture beautiful and effective b-roll for your projects in the video below.
Now, ready to learn about the 10 Things You Should Be Doing When Shooting B-Roll? Ok… here you go.
This new site from Apple aims to show users how to get the most out of their iPhone 7 cameras.
When companies like Apple and Samsung design cameras for their smartphones, one of the main objectives is to make them easy enough to operate that any user can simply point and click. However, it seems as though Apple wants to offer a little something extra to those who are getting into the art of photography and cinematography and wanting to explore the creative power of their device.
Apple has created a playlist on its YouTube channel with 17 videos. Check it out below:
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Here are 5 ways to boost the production value of your video shots on a DIY budget.
One of the most valuable online resources for filmmakers and video producers is Ryan Connolly’s YouTube channel and production juggernaut, Film Riot. Film Riot provides actionable content on filmmaking questions, techniques, and gear recommendations. One of their recent videos focuses on a few DIY tips they’ve released in the past that will help reduce your budget or give you more time to focus on your production.
Let’s take a look at some of these DIY tips as well as where to find the equipment they call for.
If you’re shooting a horror film, or any type of science fiction story, creating mood and environment is key. This low-lying fog adds a layer of creepiness and a boosts the sense of production value on your set. As Connolly advises, when handling the dry ice, make sure you wear gloves and make sure you don’t touch the ice with your bare skin.
What you need:
- Styrofoam cooler
- Fog machine
- Dry Ice
And the next 5 ways to boost the production value of your video shots on a DIY budget, just click here.
Lighting for people with glasses can be pretty tricky, whether you’re shooting video or photos. At Wistia, we’ll usually raise our two key lights up as high as possible and angle them slightly away from the camera to minimize glare. Check out the silent video example below to see the difference it can make! A lot of times this will fix the glare problem, but it can also cause other issues. Watch out for harsh shadows on the talent.
We compiled a list of tips and tricks from our community members to help you out next time you find yourself in a scary (glary) situation.
The discussion all started with Chris Pollack, asking a question that many of us can relate to:
“Hey there Wistia community… In shooting my video yesterday, I found that I was fighting a lot of glare in glasses. Are there certain tactics for dealing with this?”
“If I see glare on glasses, I usually ask my talent to slightly raise the back part of the glasses frame that goes behind the ears. That slight change of angle on the glasses usually doesn’t look weird and removes the glare for me, but I use soft Kino Flos with my lighting.” – @dcrowephoto
“Polarizing filters can go a long way. These puppies can remove reflected light, but they also limit the amount of total light hitting your camera, so you’ll have to account for that. Indirect lighting can also help.”
“A lot of times, cheaper glasses manufactures will not use actual polarized lenses, but rather an ‘antireflective coating’ on the lenses, which reflects back a ridiculous green (terrible for keying out a green screen).
The bigger the light source the better—it’ll wrap around thick glasses. So if you’re using the Wistia DIY-style lights, you’re going to have some harsh shadows around the glasses vs. if you were using a bigger soft box.” – @ryanwhitehq
If you’re having trouble getting rid of that last bit of glare, don’t have the talent take off their glasses, just roll with it. As we see it, the main goal of business video is to convey a clear message in an authentic way. In most cases, your audience will forgive (or not even notice) those little details.
And an article by Justin Tierney about how to remove reflections numerous ways: https://petapixel.com/2016/06/01/shoot-glass-leave-unwanted-reflections/
Lenses are key to making your favorite camera create the images you envision.
Many shooters will stress that investing in good lenses is more important than buying fancy camera bodies. In general, lenses have a longer lifespan than camera bodies, because while new video cameras are being made every year, the technology in optics just doesn’t advance as fast. There are lenses made decades ago that, with proper adapters, can be mounted to modern cameras and still produce stunning results.
So where do you begin in buying lenses? This article will help you understand some of the features that separate lenses as well as get a feel for a sampling of lenses on the market today.
The mount type is the first thing you need to consider with lenses. Every camera manufacturer has a different system for connecting lenses to their cameras. This connection is known as the mount. When you get a new lens, you need to make sure it will attach to your camera. Some of the most common mount systems for DSLR and mirrorless systems right now are: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E mount, and Micro Four Thirds (MFT).
Another important factor of your lens purchase is the sensor format of your camera. The main types of sensors to consider here are, from largest to smallest: Full Frame, Crop Sensor (APS-C) and Micro Four Thirds. MFT is both a sensor size and a mount type. Since full frame sensors are the largest, lenses made to cover a full frame will provide an image large enough to cover a smaller sensor, meaning they’ll work fine. But, if you use a lens made for a crop sensor on a full frame camera, the image will only cover a portion of the sensor, creating heavy vignetting of your image. Unless you very specifically want this look, avoid using a lens made for a smaller sensor on a larger format camera.
The main types of sensors to consider here are, from largest to smallest: Full Frame, Crop Sensor (APS-C) and Micro Four Thirds.
Some manufacturers use different mount subsystems that represent the sensor size as well. For example, the Canon EF mount is a full-frame mount, while the EF-S is for Canon crop sensors. EF mount lenses will work on an EF-S cameras, but EF-S mount lenses will not even attach to an EF mount system.
More… lots more…