How to Render Videos in the GoPro Fusion Studio App

What are you trying to do?

GoPro Fusion is the most versatile GoPro ever, which allows you to create incredible, immersive videos or reframe them into a traditional video. The first step to unlocking its full potential is to copy, prepare and stitch the clips you’ve captured. That’s what the GoPro Fusion Studio App is here for.

 

Where does it apply?

GoPro Fusion Studio App - Mac and WIndows

How to do it

IF YOU'D LIKE TO UPLOAD YOUR 360 FOOTAGE TO YOUTUBE, CHECK OUT THIS ARTICLE AFTER YOUR EXPORT.

IMPORT FROM THE CAMERA


Connect your Fusion camera to your computer. The GoPro Fusion Studio App will open so you can import your footage. Select "Browse Camera Media" so the import can begin.
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The GoPro Fusion Studio App will scan both of your SD cards and create 360 degree previews for you to view.
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MANUAL IMPORT VIA SD ADAPTER

  • Insert your SD card into your computer via SD card adapter.
  • (Recommended)Choose a preferred location on your hard drive and create a GoPro Fusion overview folder which will contain all of your footage.
  • Under this new Fusion folder, create sub-folders which represent each of your different sessions.
  • Copy the ENTIRE 100GBACK and 100GFRNT folder from each of your SD cards into the session folder. DO NOT delete any of the LRV/THM files are on your SD cards.

Your folder structure should look like this before going to the next step:

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Open the GoPro Fusion Studio App and select ADD MEDIA under "Find your 360 files"
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A window will appear so you can select your footage. Select your specific session folder and click "Open". Make sure you DO NOT select the Back or Front folders.

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The GoPro Fusion Studio App will now import your footage and generate your previews...
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Preview and Edit


Once the preview is done being generated, you'll see your video(s) appear on the left side. Click a thumbnail to pull up the preview on the right and play it. Be sure to choose your preferred video type, either 360 or Overcapture.

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When choosing 360 video type, you can select HorizonUser-added image - to access media controls for Y-P-R(Yaw, Pitch, Roll) settings. Make any necessary tweaks that you need to make to ensure your footage is angled perfectly.

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When choosing Overcapture instead of 360, the Horizon icon will turn into User-added image instead. This comes with the addition of Ratio, Projection and FOV along with the Y-P-R controls you get under Horizon

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Next, go to the Settings - User-added image - section and choose a color profile between "GoPro" or "Flat". Choose "GoPro" if you don't plan on making much color correction, or choose "Flat" if you intend to manually set the color settings to your liking.

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Once you're done making your changes, select Add To The Render Queue.

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You'll see a modal appear so you can choose your export destination, 360 media resolution, and preferred sound setting.



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A number appear next to the Render button at the top of the program to let you know that your queue is filling up.

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You can either go back to the Edit tab and queue up additional clips, or prepare for your export. If you'd like to change export options for one more clips, click the gray bar with the video's name under the Render Queue and it will expand the previously mentioned render options in addition to a few more choices.

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You can now see the addition of Video Codec and D.Warp (Parallax Compensation). For professional results, we always recommend that you use Cineform '422 High' which is compatible with Windows (.avi or .mov) and Mac OSX (.mov). You'll also need to use this option if you plan on exporting videos at 5.2K resolution. ProRes is a standard codec supported by Apple, and these 2 codecs, compared to H264, keep the highest quality possible thanks to their compression algorithms. The different iterations(high 422 vs 4444), refer to the quality you will get in the final video, such as the data rate. D.Warp will remove the parallax lines in the raw, stitched footage, and make the stitch line invisible. We recommend that you always keep this turned ON.

Once you're all set, select Render All and wait for the renders to finish. Please keep in mind that these exports can take a very long time to complete. For example, a 30 second export of a 360 degree video at 4k resolution can take up to 12 minutes, so be aware of this before you begin the export.

If you'd like to change the preferred location of your rendered videos, you may do so under the preferences.

Changing Render Locations

On a Mac, select the GoPro Fusion Studio App in the menu bar and click "Preferences". You will see the option to change your locations there.
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On a Windows computer, simply click Edit at the top of the GoPro Fusion Studio App window, then select Preferences.


We also have a GoPro Tutorial video that covers importing and rendering your 360 content through the GoPro Fusion Studio App:





If you are having rendering issues where it freezes or not responding, please make sure your export location has enough hard drive space to complete the render.

  • Depending on the video codec you choose or the length of the rendered video, video will substantially be larger compared to their original file size. Please make sure you have sufficient space on the export location. If the export location is running low, consider on changing the location to an external hard drive. 
  • If you plan to change your export location to a external hard drive, please make sure the hard drive is formatted correctly. For example, if you plan to export it to a small flash drive, please ensure they are formatted to ExFat and not FAT32. 

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