GoPro Hero 3 Time Lapse Using Adobe Premiere Pro

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Let’s look at how to take GoPro recorded footage and import it into Premiere Pro for greater editing control.  This can be accomplished in a number of different ways, but this workflow results in a basic, editable sequence.  It also leaves some options open to your own production preferences.  I am using Windows 10 and Adobe Premium Pro CS6.  You may be using a different OS or Adobe version, but the basic workflow should be very similar.  

The first step is to import the image files and folders from your GoPro to your machine.  You may have already done this when you attached the camera, using Quik or similar software, or you may opt to drag and drop.  It only matters that the images reside on your machine and that you know where they are located.  Premiere Pro only links to these files to create the initial clips.  Unlike other assets in other Premiere projects, the GoPro images themselves can be moved anywhere, even deleted if not required after the time-lapse sequence has been created.

Fire up Premium Pro and create a new project.  Save it in a folder that you will be the repository for all project assets. Although the original images won’t matter when the process is complete, other file locations will. I start with a desktop folder while working on it and move the entire folder when the project is complete.  For larger projects, I usually find a permanent location first.

Next, import image clips into Premiere Pro by highlighting the first image in the folder, ensuring the Image Sequence box is checked and clicking open.

Once all the image sequences are imported, right-click a clip file and select New Sequence From Clip. You will have created a new sequence based the image settings of your camera.

At this point, you can optionally rename the new sequence files as something more recognizable but keep the sequential order.

Close all open sequences except one. Click on the clip name in the timeline to bring focus to the clip and queue the sequence to export it as a video clip: File > Export > Media.  I use the settings as shown above as they render a movie almost identical to settings I use when shooting video with my camera.  Changing the Source Scaling option from Scale To Fit to Scale To Fill will eliminate the black edges but result in clipping of the image. The Stretch To Fill option results in a distorted image.  Click the Output Name field and ensure the file is created in your project folder.  When you are happy with the export settings, click Queue.

If Adobe Media Encoder is not running, you will see it start up and display its queue – we’ll get back to this later.  Back in Premiere Pro, close the recently exported sequence and repeat the export process for each additional sequence.  When finished, open Adobe Media Encoder and ensure only the files just queued have the Ready status, delete all other completed tasks.  Click the green arrow to start encoding the files.

Once complete, the Media Encoder will display Done with a green checkmark beside the encoded video files.  The files can now be imported into the project as shown above.  Note that the previously created files have been placed in their own bins. These can be deleted if not required, as the newly created video files are completely stand-alone.

Create a single sequence with the new video files.  Highlight the new files, right-click and select New Sequence From Clip.  This sequence can now be edited, added to and used as a nested asset or treated as the previous clips and exported as a stand-alone movie file.

Hope this helped you out in creating a Premiere Pro time-lapse project from GoPro Hero 3 footage.  Although this post doesn’t show you how to record time-lapse footage with your GoPro Hero 3, this great this great video tutorial does. 

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