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why does the new quick app limit video edits to 60 seconds?

Your support Q&A page says that the GoPro Quick app is limited to only 60 second video edits. Is this true? Your old desktop software (which was amazing) had no limits at all. Why is this limited and what is the workaround to make them longer?

 

Thank you,

~Chris


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Re: why does the new quick app limit video edits to 60 seconds?

The Quik Desktop app is limited by the preloaded songs. Each song has a corresponding DAT file that assist the program in making cuts to video according to the beat of the music. There is no workaround to this.

The previous software, GoPro Studio, was acquired when GoPro purchased Cineform in 2011. The acquisition allowed GoPro to obtain and utilize the Cineform Codec, which is a 12-bit, full-frame wavelet compression video codec designed for speed and quality. Along with the codec, GoPro was able to provide Cineform's video editing software for free to the public (they also eventually released the codec to the public and helped to advance the video industry considerably).

Unfortunately, even though Cineform charged a considerable amount for their video editor, they weren't exactly the best at making a stable and usable program. It was really first intended as a means of showing off their codec. However, as GoPro was now making the program free to the public (you did not have to purchase a GoPro to obtain free unlimited use of the program), they felt obligated to continue supporting and trying to develop it.

As times changed and desktop OS continued to be modified, it became increasingly difficult and costly to maintain and support GoPro Studio. With the introduction of higher resolutions/frame rates, increased bitrates, and HEVC (all of which GoPro Studio did not support), the many free high quality video editors available, the instability of GoPro Studio on many computer systems, and the overwhelming number of users stating that they wanted a "Quick" and easy way to create short videos to music (preferably on a mobile device), GoPro phased out GoPro Studio and eventually declared EOL (End of life) to the program in 2017. https://gopro.com/help/articles/Question_Answer/GoPro-Studio-End-of-Life-FAQ

If you like Quik style videos, but want more control and the ability to make longer videos, you should check out the Quik app for mobile.

If you are looking for a proper non-linear desktop video editor, see this FAQ https://gopro.com/help/articles/how_to/Programs-to-View-and-Edit-Videos

DaVInci Resolve (as mentioned in the FAQ) is a professional editor and is considered by many to be the best video editor (free or paid). VSDC is also a very good editor and handles HEVC files very well.

There are also other free options if you want to look at alternatives.
VideoProc https://www.videoproc.com/
HitFilmExpress https://hitfilm.com/express
ShotCut https://shotcut.org/download/
Lightworks http://www.lwks.com/
Avidemux http://avidemux.sourceforge.net/
Blender https://www.blender.org/download/
EZvid http://www.ezvid.com/download
VirtualDub http://www.virtualdub.org/
Fusion https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/fusion/motiongraphics
Lives http://lives-video.com/index.php?do=home

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Re: why does the new quick app limit video edits to 60 seconds?

The Quik Desktop app is limited by the preloaded songs. Each song has a corresponding DAT file that assist the program in making cuts to video according to the beat of the music. There is no workaround to this.

The previous software, GoPro Studio, was acquired when GoPro purchased Cineform in 2011. The acquisition allowed GoPro to obtain and utilize the Cineform Codec, which is a 12-bit, full-frame wavelet compression video codec designed for speed and quality. Along with the codec, GoPro was able to provide Cineform's video editing software for free to the public (they also eventually released the codec to the public and helped to advance the video industry considerably).

Unfortunately, even though Cineform charged a considerable amount for their video editor, they weren't exactly the best at making a stable and usable program. It was really first intended as a means of showing off their codec. However, as GoPro was now making the program free to the public (you did not have to purchase a GoPro to obtain free unlimited use of the program), they felt obligated to continue supporting and trying to develop it.

As times changed and desktop OS continued to be modified, it became increasingly difficult and costly to maintain and support GoPro Studio. With the introduction of higher resolutions/frame rates, increased bitrates, and HEVC (all of which GoPro Studio did not support), the many free high quality video editors available, the instability of GoPro Studio on many computer systems, and the overwhelming number of users stating that they wanted a "Quick" and easy way to create short videos to music (preferably on a mobile device), GoPro phased out GoPro Studio and eventually declared EOL (End of life) to the program in 2017. https://gopro.com/help/articles/Question_Answer/GoPro-Studio-End-of-Life-FAQ

If you like Quik style videos, but want more control and the ability to make longer videos, you should check out the Quik app for mobile.

If you are looking for a proper non-linear desktop video editor, see this FAQ https://gopro.com/help/articles/how_to/Programs-to-View-and-Edit-Videos

DaVInci Resolve (as mentioned in the FAQ) is a professional editor and is considered by many to be the best video editor (free or paid). VSDC is also a very good editor and handles HEVC files very well.

There are also other free options if you want to look at alternatives.
VideoProc https://www.videoproc.com/
HitFilmExpress https://hitfilm.com/express
ShotCut https://shotcut.org/download/
Lightworks http://www.lwks.com/
Avidemux http://avidemux.sourceforge.net/
Blender https://www.blender.org/download/
EZvid http://www.ezvid.com/download
VirtualDub http://www.virtualdub.org/
Fusion https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/fusion/motiongraphics
Lives http://lives-video.com/index.php?do=home