Media Management & Offloading Footage (Go Pro HERO3)

Technical Note: The GoPro HERO3 can capture up to a resolution of 2k. For practical purposes, we strongly recommend you either capture at 720p or 1080p because both versions of Final Cut Pro run smoothest at these standard HD resolutions. Recording at 720p and 1080p will also minimize transcode times when preparing the files for editing in Final Cut Pro 7 or X.

Step 1) Plug the smaller end of the supplied USB cable into the Go Pro, and the wider end into the USB cable of a Mac computer:

Step 2) Once the cable is plugged in, the memory card should mount and be visible on the desktop of the computer. It should look like this:

Step 3) Double click on the memory card icon, and within the memory card you will see a folder titled DCIM and another folder titled 100GOPRO within it. In the 100GOPRO folder, you will find where the video files are located. Copy the .MP4 files (circled in red below) onto your external hard drive by simply dragging and dropping them onto your drive. There is no need to copy the .LRV and .THM files. Those files are only metadata used by the camera’s internal software:

Once you have copied these MP4 files to your external hard drive, next follow our standard Digital SLR/H.264 workflow to convert these MP4 files to editable Quicktime .mov ProRes files in Final Cut Pro. This must be done because the .MP4 files natively use the “delivery only” H.264 codec. Do not try to edit the .MP4 files natively prior to conversion to ProRes; both versions of Final Cut Pro will have serious issues if you do so.