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Fix Action Cam Footage and Edit GoPro Videos in Adobe Premiere Elements 2018

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I’m really excited to dive into the latest greatest version of Adobe Premiere Elements 2018 today, because it has some great new features, like the Fix Action Cam Footage Guided Edit.

Automatic editing for action camera and GoPro footage is kind of a big new thing these days. It really changes the game for a lot of people… particularly people who are new to creating fun hobby videos, family movies, or GoPro edits. You’re not necessarily trying to win an Oscar–you just want to put all of your best clips together into one video that you can show off to friends and family, and be able to relive those experiences again in the future.

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The folks over at Adobe have added a Fix Action Cam Footage Guided Edit to Premiere Elements 2018, and today, I’m partnering with Adobe to dive into tips and how-tos for editing action cam footage like from your GoPro or your drone. Following the simple steps in the Guided Edit, I’ll show you the Smart Trim function (which I love), how to remove the fish eye effect when you have that super wide angle field of view, and how to color correct your action cam footage. It’s all really simple and easy!

I will probably do a dedicated tutorial on color correction in Premiere Elements 2018 in the near future, but today I’m going to keep it simple. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel to get any and all future Premiere Elements tutorials that I publish. I got more coming at ya, so lets stay in touch on YouTube!

If you’re totally new to Premiere Elements and video editing in general, I have a cheat sheet that you can print or save it to your computer, phone or tablet for easy reference. This covers the basic steps of what to do when you first start a project, and what to do when you’re done with your project, and I sprinkled in some of my favorite beginner video editing tips as well. Click here to grab the cheat sheet now.

So let’s dive right into Premiere Elements 2018! Be sure to watch the video tutorial since video editing is easier to watch than read about!

Fix Action Cam Footage Guided Edit – Start Here

I have Adobe Premiere Elements 2018 here on my Mac. If you’re on a PC, don’t freak out–it should look exactly the same. Up at the top, you want to choose Guided, and that’s what we’re going to stick to in this tutorial.

Premiere Elements Guided Edit Then Choose Video Adjustments Then Fix Action Cam Footage

Under the Guided menu, choose Video Adjustments, then “Fix action cam footage.”

One of the great things about the Guided Edit feature here in Premiere Elements is that it walks you through everything, step by step. It shows you exactly where to click and what to do. You really can’t mess anything up!

Once you select the Fix Action Cam Footage Guided Edit, Premiere Elements will highlight exactly where to click next, and you’ll see a box with instructions. You can see on the left-hand side, it’s telling us exactly what we need to do. We need to add some media to this brand-new project. Once we do that, we move on to the next step in the Guided Edit, using the Smart Trim Tool.

Action Cam Guided Edit In Premiere Elements Will Show You Step By Step What To Do

Smart Trim

Smart Trim is easy to use, and you can rely solely on the software to decide what to keep, or choose “Mark Manually” to make your own cuts. Learning how to trim GoPro video clips is just the same as
video clips from your drone, phone, or DSLR camera. Smart Trim isn’t just for action camera footage! I just love this concept for video editing software where you are focusing on the parts of your video that you want to KEEP instead of trying to figure out what parts you need to edit out or get rid of. Other video editing platforms have done something similar to this, but I really like the way that this concept is implemented into Premiere Elements.

Premiere Elements Smart Trim Tool

Remove Fish Eye Distortion

Once you’ve completed the Smart Trim, you’ll move on to removing the fish eye distortion in your video. When you select that effect, Premiere Elements will apply the effect automatically, and you can adjust it from there if you need to.

Use The Lens Distortion Tool To Remove Fish Eye

Some people really like that fish eye effect, which is fine… go with what you prefer! I like that there is a slider that you can adjust however you want, if you want. Of course, most of the time these days I shoot with a linear field of view, but not all action cameras are capable of that and I have a lot “fish eye” footage from my Hero3+ Black that I’m sure I’d love to run through here to get it looking more flat.

Color Correction

Once you straighten out your fish eye distortion, you can move onto color correction. It’s easy to get carried away here, so be careful!

Color Correction In Premiere Elements Guided Edit

Not all footage needs to be color corrected but a lot of times with action cameras, depending on your settings, you do want to give your colors a little more pop or adjust how dark or light your footage is. Don’t feel like you have to spend a ton of time on this, only use it if you need or want to see what you can do improve the colors in your video.

So if you haven’t upgraded to the newest version of Premiere Elements yet, I highly recommend it and if you haven’t used Premiere Elements before, you can get a 30-day free trial here. You don’t even have to put in your credit card or anything, just give it a test drive! Follow my cheat sheet, and you’ll be good to go now that you know how to fix and edit your action cam footage using the Premiere Elements 2018 Guided Edit!

Hit me up in the comments below if you have questions about Premiere Elements 2018, and let me know if there are specific tutorials and how-to videos with Premiere Elements 2018 that you’d like to see from me!

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Bill Barnhart

Monday 6th of August 2018

Elements is an awesome program. Have you done a video on a GoPro dual system stereo production? I have 2 HERO3+ Black cameras and into 3D. How can I create a 3D video?

Meredith Marsh

Tuesday 7th of August 2018

Bill, I haven't done anything videos on that!

Steve Raub

Sunday 13th of May 2018

Help, please!... I'm trying to understand how to transfer the videos I captured from the Hero6 Black that I edited in Premiere Elements 2018 into a high definition format that I can then play on any HDTV. Can anyone please provide me the options to do so? I'm not into just playing my raw video from my Hero6 into my TV via the HDTV cable.

Thank you Steve

Meredith Marsh

Monday 14th of May 2018

Hi Steve, I'm not totally sure but there might be a few ways to do it. The most straightforward might be to burn the edited video to a DVD. If you have an Apple TV or a Roku, if you can get the edited video onto your phone or iPad, you should be able to stream it to your TV as well.

Steve Raub

Tuesday 8th of May 2018

Thank you so much for your help, I am an 18 year user of Photoshop, now using 2018 CC, but I just purchased a GoPro Hero 6 and need to get up to speed with video editing, you have provided me a head start and I look forward to staying tuned into your knowledge and truly enjoy your methoed of teaching.

Many Thanks, Steve


Thursday 22nd of February 2018

This was awesome. I really enjoy learning new techniques in Premiere Elements


Thursday 22nd of August 2019

So far I get to the add media I select my file and get a message to use video importer from adobe cause I’m using an SD card. I do that then it says this file is not supported or codec not installed. Help please.

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