Learn the essential GoPro Studio application preferences needed for setting your Time Code and AutoSave options.
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Now that GoPro studio is installed and we've relaunched our system, let's get both applications running. Note I said both applications. In your applications folder, you'll find GoPro Studio, but you should also find under Tools, the ability to see status. And what I recommend is you launch the stereo mode status app. This is going to show you what's going on with the footage, and it's not just for for stereo. It also will deal with things like whether or not we are using some of the other utilities within the app, such as the ability to see white balance, or color correction, or geometric processing being done to the clips.
If you work with GoPro footage a lot, you can choose to open that as a startup item. Once the stereo mode status is running you can also launch GoPro studio. With the app open there's a couple of preferences I recommend you change. Go under the GoPro Studio menu and choose Preferences. In this case you need to decide how to handle time code. Time code is a number that describes when a clip was recorded or assigns a unique number. Time code is often used by editing tools to help keep track of footage.
Besides time code, make sure you take a look. You can decide to include the reel name as you're working with clips, and as you're working this will basically ensure that extra folders are created or names are applied. I generally don't need that because I add my own names manually. Autostart conversions for me is a bit problematic. Autostart means that once you've set up a clip and added it to the queue for processing, it starts processing. The challenge with this though is that it takes system resources. So your machine essentially slows down.
Beyond this is the Autosave. And this is ultimately up to you. How often do you want GoPro Studio to capture your changes? Every time you bring clips in, it's going to be into a project. And that project can just be used for organization purposes, or it can be an actual edit. And it's up to you do decide if you're autosaving. Now, I think half a minute and the one minute is really frequent. I generally use a five-minute interval. But, this is up to you. The auto save is not very intrusive, but it is a dialog box that pops up for just a split second.
To me, every five minutes is enough. My system's pretty stable. I maintain it. I make sure I keep the software up to date. But if you are working on a system that's being a bit flaky or crashing a lot, then perhaps set that auto save to a more frequent interval, such as the one minute mark. 30 second mark is really getting pretty pushy there, but it's up to you. Choose an interval that works for you, your work flow, and the stability of your computer.
- Choosing and formatting an edit drive
- Using GoPro Studio alone or with third-party apps
- Importing footage from the memory card
- Creating a new project
- Working with time-lapse sequences
- Importing footage into Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and Premiere Elements
- Trimming clips
- Changing frame rate and clip speed
- Adding transitions
- Color correcting GoPro footage
- Using edit templates
- Exporting your project