After 30 days it'll just ask for activation code (which you can pay or erase it from your computer). Takes a bit to get use to the basic stuff, but it'll process your HD video. Make sure to save your file in H.264 format (.mp4), it'll give you one of the best quality to file size ratios.
And you might want to check GoPro website if it has a forum. Probably a ton of info on what software works best with a good chunk of tips/tricks.
Windows Movie Maker is loaded on every PC I've had for the last 10 years or so, and is very good for loading clips, editing for the length of individual clips, inserting clips from other videos, adding a sound track including voice over or music, captioning either between clips or directly on the images, titling and credits, transitional effects, and publishing in a variety of formats. In other words, pretty much everything you need to take raw footage and make it presentable. I have made several stop motion movies from individual images generated in CAD and the results are as good (or bad) as I want. Overall, a good way to make a movie.
Biggest advantage? It's already in most PC's and ready to go, and is quite easy to use.
Just look for Windows movie maker in the All Programs menu.
If it has already been done, it is safe to assume it is possible to do it.
On the other hand, if it has not been done never assume it is impossible to do it.
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I'm still having issues! I found Movie Maker but can't
play my videos with it.
I tryied to move my videos files from RealPlayer to
Movie Maker but eventually my screen went black and
a little screen appeared telling me I needed a CODEC
to play my videos on Movie Maker.
It also said that I have to be carefull which CODEC
Anybody knows which CODEC I need?
I have Vista and I believe my video files are .mp4
An excellent free tool to have when it comes to video editing is Any Video Converter. This software allows you to convert any video file into any format, including H.264. It also allows you to play with the aspect ratios and modify bit-rates if you need to bring the file size down a bit with minimal video degrading.
If you're having codec issues, you can just pop your video into this software and pretty much change it to work with any player. Including cell phones, Blu-Ray (if you have a burner), etc.
Do you just use the Mac for video or do you use that HP as well? If so what software do you run on that? I have a MacBook and then an HP desktop.
sorry 'bout the delay, I logged off before you posted
yes I only use the Mac Mini for doing the work... iMovie & iDVD.
I use the HP as a dump station while we're on trips, just to free up space on the camera.
I transfer all contents to the Mac when I get home & then work on production.
1) you can not edit videos, especially HD videos, with a crappy computer. It will be an exercise in frustration. Trust me, it's not worth the stress.
2) I have used all of the major video editors and they all suck with AVCHD (The format the gopro uses). The best one is Adobe Premier Pro CS5. It has integrated AVCHD support and works awesome. The only down side is that it's tricky to use (you have to watch the tutorial videos) and it is spendy.