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    Dan Ferraris
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    Lately I have had problems importing video from my GoPro, both entire clips and segments of clips. Everything seems to go as usual until I look at the clips in my library. Sometimes they look and perform ok. Sometimes the clip is there, but looks like the attached photo. Nothing show when I try to skim it or attache it to a storyline.

    When I open the library in finder (package contents) the video file is there and appears not to be corrupted. If I copy the bad files and then move them to another folder and then import them into FCPX everything is fine.

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    Jasper Thayer
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    Heya Dan,

    That doesn’t sound like fun. How are you importing the clips? Directly from the GoPro? I’d recommend using a card reader to import the clips. GoPro is fickle when you try to transfer data directly from the camera.

    Hope that helps!

    Jasper Thayer
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    Dan Ferraris
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    Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to matter whether I import from the camera or the card reader in my Mac. I have found that if I import without optimizing the media, that helps sometimes, but I have found I have to import the segments then duplicate them in the finder and drag them into the import window. That is the only way it seems to work. When I import from my Canon, no problems.

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    Jasper Thayer
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    Heya Dan,

    I’ve also been dealing with my own little nightmare regarding GoPro footage today and I thought I’d share my discoveries. The problem I was having is I couldn’t transfer the footage from the card to my hard drive. Every time I tried to transfer the footage it would crash and say the disk was ejected improperly. Then the card would remount but the footage wouldn’t transfer from the card to my hard drive. I tried every possible option including using different USB ports, using a card reader, using the GoPro as a card reader, I even tried with different operating systems and I still was unable to transfer the footage without the disk improperly ejecting before the transfer could be completed. I tried opening the files in Quicktime from the card and then saving to the Desktop. I tried importing from FCPX. I tried drag and drop from card to my hard driving using the Finder. I tried Image Capture app.I even tried zipping the video files on the card and then tried copying the zipped files to my hard drive. Everything I tried was unsuccessful. Then I tried transcoding the footage to pro res 422 using Compressor and saving the transcoded files it to my hard drive from the SD card. That worked! I think there’s some problem with GoPro files delivering the package during copy. It seems that transcoding the files to Pro Res 422 from the GoPro’s card to your hard drive using Compressor is the best method. Hope that helps!

    Jasper Thayer
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    Dan Ferraris
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    Jasper,

    Yikes! You are having a nightmare. The problem, though is that even if I did that I would have to save the whole video file when I only want small portions of it. I ordered the new gopro4 today. We’ll see if that has the same problem.

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      Jasper Thayer
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      Actually… Compressor allows you to select in and out points so that you can choose to transcode only small portions that you select so that shouldn’t be a problem. Another thing you might want to try is try reformatting the memory card in the GoPro. Also make sure you have the latest firmware installed on the GoPro. Hope that helps.

      Cheers!

      Jasper Thayer
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    Dan Ferraris
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    I didn’t know that. Thanks for the tip!

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    Chris King
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    Well, using a card reader to import the GoPro clips to Final Cut Pro is wise.

    By the way, Final Cut Pro X won’t import GoPro H.264 MP4 files natively. If you want to have a quick and smooth workflow without rendering or even some incompatible issues, a workaround for you is to change GoPro video to ProRes before importing to FCX. There are some tools for you for get the work done including GoPro studio, MPEG Streamclip and Brorsoft’s Video Converter for Mac.

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    Dan Ferraris
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    The problem resolved itself as mysteriously as it appeared.

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