Are you curious about what the options are for GoPro software? If you shot some killer footage on your GoPro, but now you want to edit your clips into a fun to watch video! There are numerous options for GoPro software available for your Mac, PC, and even tablet and smartphone. Click here if you’re new to GoPro editing. This page contains affiliate links.
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(Mac & PC) free – GoPro Studio is the platform I like to new GoPro users. It was created by GoPro, the software is completely free, and it’s available for Mac and PC users. GoPro really wants their customers to be able to throw together their footage and create stunning videos without much fuss. You don’t have to have a GoPro to use GoPro Studio, and you don’t have to use GoPro Studio for editing. Click here for an in-depth guide to getting started with GoPro Studio.
To download GoPro Studio, you must download GoPro’s Quik app.
Quik™ for Desktop
(Mac & PC) free – Quik™ was released in 2016 as a way for GoPro customers to organize and edit GoPro videos with ease. This program essentially does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to editing, but there are pros and cons of using Quik™ (and here’s a follow-up). Quik™ comes bundled with GoPro Studio, and is also free. Click here to download it.
(Mac) free or $15 – iMovie is a fun piece of video editing software. I like to recommend iMovie to beginner home movie hobbiests. It’s very beginner-friendly, and even pros use it to throw movies together quickly and easily. The workflow and layout is very similar to higher end editors, so it’s a good gateway, so to speak. If you can get the hang of iMovie, then you’re well on your way to top notch home movies. Read More about iMovie
Windows Movie Maker
(PC) free – If you have a PC, you may already have this editing program. Windows Movie Maker is a very basic program for editing video for sharing or saving. It’s not super fancy–which is great if you’re just starting out. All in all, since it’s free, it’s a great place to start if you’re budget is small. Read More about Windows Movie Maker
Adobe Premiere Elements
(Mac & PC) $99.99 – From the world class graphics editing company, Adobe, you can expect Adobe Premiere Elements to be a top of the line, home movie editing package. Premiere elements offers “automated options, special effects, and in-app guidance to turn your video clips into entertaining movies that will wow family and friends.” Click here for a free guide on editing with Premiere Elements.
Adobe Premiere Pro
(Mac & PC) starting at $19.99/month – As part of the Adobe Creative Cloud platform, Adobe Premiere Pro only comes through the monthly plan. This program is not for everybody, but it is my favorite editing platform by far. If you’re looking for a professional-grade video editing software, I recommend Premiere Pro. Click here for a free guide on editing with Premiere Pro.
(Mac & PC) $30 – Wondershare Filmora is a fun piece of software that’s available for Mac and PC, and it’s very affordable. It’s perfect for any level of editing, especially beginners, and it has a bunch of really neat features and effects and stuff that are perfect for editing GoPro videos and family movies, which is what I was working on this week. Click here for my video on getting started with Filmora.
Final Cut Pro
(PC) $70 – PowerDirector makes it quick & easy to create videos in minutes, and even comes with it’s own effects, templates, and tutorials.
Vegas Movie Studio & Vegas Pro
(PC) price varies – Formerly under the Sony umbrella, the Vegas Creative Software suite is now under the Magix brand. A number of video editors are available, but I have not tested any of them at this point.