How to Edit Non GoPro Videos on GoPro Studio

You can edit non GoPro videos on GoPro studio just like you’d edit a regular GoPro video. This means you can use GoPro Studio as a standard video editing program for any type of video. All you need to do is upload your videos to GoPro Studio to get started.

Hey, it’s nice to meet you! My name is Larry, and I’ve been an avid GoPro fanatic since I got my first GoPro HERO4 Black in 2014. I’ve had my share fair of experience using GoPro studio and have used the editing program to edit dozens of GoPro and non GoPro videos.

Today, I’ll show you exactly how to edit non GoPro Videos on GoPro Studio.

Keep reading to learn more!

Can You Use GoPro Studio to Edit Non GoPro Videos?

You can and are allowed to use GoPro Studio to edit non GoPro videos. This is because GoPro Studio supports GoPro, Nikon, Canon, and other constant frame rate H.264 mp4 and .mov4 video formats.

As long as your video is in the correct format, GoPro Studio won’t be able to tell if it’s a GoPro video or a non GoPro video. Therefore, you’re free to edit any type of video you’d like using the free GoPro Studio software.

How Do You Edit Non GoPro Videos on GoPro Studio?

Now that you understand that it’s possible to use GoPro Studio to edit non GoPro videos, I’ll explain how to actually edit these videos.

Step 1: How to Import Your Videos

The first step is to import your video files into GoPro Studio. So, open GoPro Studio and click the button on the top right-hand corner labeled IMPORT NEW FILES.

Next, find the videos you want to edit and then open them.

Step 2: How to Trim Your Videos

After you finish importing your non GoPro videos, the next step is to cut the portions from the videos you don’t want to include in the final cut.

There are two trimming buttons on the left-hand side of the window that you can use to mark the beginning and end of the clip you want to add. 

Step 3: How to Change Your Video Settings

The third step is to adjust your video settings. Select a clip on the timeline by clicking it and a menu labeled ‘Advanced Settings’ will appear on the right-hand side of your screen. From here, you can adjust the video’s size (resolution), frame rate, file format, and quality.

Remember to save your settings after you finish modifying them.

Step 4: How to Add Files to Convert List

Next, it’s time to add the trimmed files to GoPro Studio’s conversion list so you can begin editing. Select the clip you want to edit and click ADD CLIP TO CONVERSION LIST. Add each clip one by one to the list until all the clips you want to edit are added.

Then, click on the CONVERT ALL button. 

Once the conversion finishes, a message will appear that states PROCEED TO STEP 2. Click on that button to proceed into editing mode. 

Step 5: How to Add a Title

GoPro Studio will offer two options. You can either create a totally new blank video or use one of the included templates. If you want to use a template, you’ll need to replace the videos in the template with your own clips.

To create a new video, click on BLANK TEMPLATE and then CREATE. Next, click on the Title button and type in a title for your video.

You have the option of changing the font size, color, and a few other features of your video title. After creating your title, drag it to the section labeled Drag title here if you want the title to appear in the video.

Step 6: How to Add and Edit Your Video

Next, select your video and drag it onto the timeline in the middle of your screen. Once your video is added to the timeline, you can modify the video’s fade time, speed, brightness, volume level, and many more settings. 

If you want to trim your video even more, you can select the ‘Razor Blade’ icon. With the razor blade, you can cut your video into two segments and delete one of them. Furthermore, you can click on the ‘Plus (+)’ symbol and add fade effects to your non GoPro video. 

You can adjust the length of the fade by selecting Video Controls and changing the fade-in, fade-out, and speed of the fade. 

Step 7: How to Add Music to Your Video

You can add music to your non GoPro video by clicking the MEDIA button and opening your music. 

Then, drag the song onto your timeline. From here, you can adjust the song’s volume and change where you want the song to start and end during the video. You can also crop the song if it’s too long.

Step 8: How to Export Your Video

Once you finish editing your video, you can export it using your preferred file format. You can also directly upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo. 

After choosing your preferred format, click the EXPORT button. Your video file will be rendered onto your computer, and you are free to upload and share it wherever you’d like. 

If you’re a visual learner and need more help using GoPro Studio to edit your non GoPro videos, check out this excellent tutorial:

How Do I Combine Videos in GoPro Studio?

Here’s how you can combine different videos on GoPro Studio.

Step 1: Upload all the video clips you want to edit.

Step 2: Convert all the videos to prepare them for editing.

Step 3: Drag each video onto the timeline. The videos will appear next to each other on the timeline, and your final video will show each clip that’s on the timeline. You can add fades and transitions between each video, so your final video is smooth and coherent.

What Are Some Alternatives to GoPro Studio for Video Editing?

GoPro stopped its development of GoPro Studio in 2018. Unfortunately, this means that there haven’t been any updates to the software since then. For this reason, GoPro Studio doesn’t offer the most robust set of editing features.

Although GoPro Studio is adequate for beginners and simple editing, you may want to use a more advanced editing program to edit your non GoPro videos. Luckily, there are many free options that come with a lot of editing power.

Recommended list of free video editing programs:

From this list, I highly recommend DaVinci Resolve. Although DaVinci Resolve is free to use, it offers many advanced editing features and is a mighty program. However, there’s a slightly high learning curve, so I recommend taking some time to learn how to use it properly.

If you’re willing to spend money on a video editing program, I recommend using:

  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Adobe Premiere Elements


Let’s discuss a few popular questions surrounding GoPro Studio.

Is GoPro Studio obsolete?

GoPro Studio was discontinued in 2018 because it was replaced by Quik for desktop. Quik for desktop was another GoPro editing program that was easier to use and offered fewer editing features than GoPro Studio. However, Quik for desktop was also discontinued in 2021. As such, GoPro Studio is obsolete because there haven’t been any updates since 2018. But you are still free to use the program if you find it suitable for your needs.

Is GoPro Studio still available?

GoPro Studio is not available for download on GoPro’s official website. However, there are many third-party websites where you can download GoPro Studio if you need it. If you don’t already have GoPro Studio, I recommend using another video editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, Windows Movie Maker, or iMovie. Downloading GoPro Studio from a third-party website isn’t always safe, so it’s better to use a legitimate download.

Is GoPro Quik the same as GoPro Studio?

GoPro Quik and GoPro Studio are different programs. GoPro Quik is a mobile app and is the only official GoPro editing software that GoPro still supports. GoPro Studio has not been updated since 2018 because GoPro is only focusing on improving GoPro Quik’s mobile editing capabilities.

Closing Thoughts

In this guide, you learned how to edit non GoPro videos on GoPro Studio. The moral of the story is that you can use GoPro Studio to edit non GoPro videos just like you’d use it to edit GoPro videos. All the editing features are the same, all you need to do is upload your non GoPro videos to GoPro studio.

But now I’d love to hear from you! Do you have any GoPro or non GoPro videos you’d like to share with me? Did you have any difficulties editing your non GoPro videos in GoPro Studio?

Let me know your thoughts by leaving a quick reply down below!

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