Edit HERO4 Session H.264 1080p60 video in iMovie

How to ensure a smooth workflow for editing HERO4 Session H.264 1080p60 video in iMovie? Check this short tutorial to learn a way of converting HERO4 Session 60p H.264 video to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) for use in iMovie natively and fluidly.

GoPro, Inc. has recently announced HERO4 Session, the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro yet. The HERO4 Session is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than GoPro’s best-selling HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, featuring many of the same innovative features found in previous HERO4 models, including SuperView™, Protune and Auto Low Light recording modes.
editing HERO4 Session H.264 1080p60 video in iMovie
In widescreen HD you can record at up to 1080p with a high 60 fps frame rate to help ensure fast action plays back smoothly. For a higher vertical resolution, there is also the 4:3 1440p mode that records at up to 30 fps. For super slow-motion in HD, the HERO4 Sessions offers 720p at 100 fps as well as SD WVGA (848 x 480) at up to 120 fps.

HERO4 Session Features Highlights

  •       Stunning 1080p60, 720p100, and 1440p30 video
  •       Waterproof to 33’ (10m), no separate housing required
  •       Easy one-button control: short press of shutter powers camera on and begins capturing video, long       shutter button press powers camera on and begins capturing time-lapse photos
  •       Captures 8MP Single, Burst, and Time Lapse photos
  •       Compatible with GoPro mounts and accessories
  •       Dual Mic system captures enhanced audio during high wind and water-based activities
  •       Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth® enable easy connectivity to GoPro App and Smart Remote
  •       Auto image rotation corrects image orientation during recording
  •       Includes standard and low-profile frame mounts for increased mounting versatility
  •       New Ball Joint Buckle mount is included

If you’ve recorded a bundle of 60p videos on HERO4 Session, you may run into issues editing the 1080p60 video in iMovie. In that case, we would recommend transcode HERO4 Session 60p video to a format that is best suitable for use in iMovie, such as AIC .mov, iMovie’s favorite editing codec, which iMovie will recognize and handle well. Read on to find a quick guide on how to encode HERO4 Session H.264 1080p60 video to AIC .mov for iMovie editing.

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter for Mac
converting HERO4 Session 60p H.264 video to Apple InterMediate Codec

[Guide] How to rewrap HERO4 Session 60p video to AIC for iMovie editing?

The steps:
Step 1: Open up HD Video Converter for Mac as a Hero4 Session Converter for iMovie. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
encode HERO4 Session H.264 1080p60 video to AIC .mov for iMovie

Step 2: Select output format for iMovie
To convert GoPro HERO4 Session 1080p60 files for iMovie, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. This codec is also suitable for use in the discontinued FCE.
Hero4 Session Converter for iMovie
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings (optional)
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Begin GoPro HERO4 Session H.264 60p files to AIC MOV Conversion on Mac
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files for editing in iMovie with optimum performance.

If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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