There’s a reason why there are dozens and dozens of word processors and text editors. Some are more popular than others, but there is a large variety of writing tools available for Mac users. I sum it up as ‘different strokes for different folks.’
At the other end of the scale are video editors. Can you name three beyond Apple’s iMovie or Final Cut Pro X? That’s a much shorter list because Apple gives the very capable iMovie free with every new Mac.
So, why would GoPro, the makers of the popular video camera line, come out with their own video editing app? There is little money to be made with video editors and GoPro Studio for the Mac is free. Why bother?
GoPro is all about simple videos on the go, and maybe iMovie is just too much video editor. GoPro Studio is a basic video editor that matches GoPro videos with action oriented templates.
Drag and drop or open video clips into a GoPro Studio project.
If anything, GoPro Studio works more like the iMovie of yesteryear, but with fewer bells and whistles.
Forget about multiple video overlays, multiple audio tracks, or even transitions beyond the mundane. GoPro Studio is simple and straightforward, designed to use, not to confuse.
You’ll be prompted to select a video template after you’ve imported or converted your video clips. A number of templates are available in the GoPro Studio download, and more can be downloaded online.
While the editing timeline is familiar to anyone who used Apple’s iMovie for Mac before the latest generation replaced it, tools and options are nominal, though basic tools for video clip speed, audio levels, and color options are built in.
The templates make it easy to create a quick video. Simply replace the template video clips with your own clips. Titles, music, and additional audio can be added to the video timeline. You can even go slow-mo with a clip. There’s no fullscreen mode, but GoPro Studio plays nice-nice with online video sties so you can export videos and upload to YouTube.
Obviously, GoPro Studio works best with GoPro videos, but any H.264 video with a constant frame rate (as well as standard .mov and .mp4 videos) should work well, too. GoPro Studio also has a Windows version. If you’re used to iMove or Final Cut Pro X there’s little reason to consider GoPro Studio, but if iMovie seems overly complex this might be the level of simplicity you want.