After reading my guide on which GoPro to buy and carefully weighing all your needs, you succumbed to temptation and decided to buy your first GoPro. What to say? Good choice. The products of the brand owned by the company Woodman Labs are among the best of the genre and allow you to take quality videos and photos, with the possibility of managing the shooting and making changes in real time through the app via GoPro to be installed on smartphone or tablet.
The applications in question, which are developed by GoPro themselves, offer interesting features suitable for all needs: some of them allow you to control the GoPro remotely via your smartphone and tablet, while others allow you to automatically transfer recordings. made on other devices or on the cloud, to create montages and make changes to the videos. How much do they cost? Absolutely nothing!
If I have intrigued you and you can't wait to use your GoPro via your smartphone, let's not waste any more time and let's get to work immediately. Start turning on your camera, take five minutes of free time and read the next paragraphs carefully. I am sure you will be able to find the applications that best suit your needs, thanks to which you can make great videos. I wish you good reading and, above all, have fun!
GoPro App (Android / IOS / Windows)
The first GoPro app to consider is definitely GoPro App, which allows you to remotely control the camera. Allows you to preview photos and videos, share your favorite content and delete excess files to free up space in the GoPro memory. It is available free for Android, iOS and Windows 10 Mobile devices and is compatible with GoPro Fusion, HERO6, HERO5, HERO4, HERO Session, HERO3 +, HERO3 and HERO + cameras.
At the first start of the app, you will be asked to connect your device to your camera: a procedure necessary to exploit the full potential of the GoPro App. Press the button Connect a camera, select the model of your GoPro by choosing from HERO6 Black, Fusion, HERO5 Black, HERO5 Session, HERO Session, HERO+, HERO4 e HERO3+/3/2, then turn on your camera and follow the tutorial for connecting the two devices (which varies depending on the GoPro in your possession).
If you don't have your camera available at the moment, press on the voice Maybe later to connect at a later time. By pressing the icon of camera present at the top left, you can start the configuration procedure whenever you want.
Once you connect and sync your content, using the GoPro App is a breeze. On the main screen, press the camera name to control it remotely so you can choose the perfect shot, adjust shooting settings and start new recordings in a few simple taps.
All the videos made with the GoPro and the saved QuikStories will be visible on the main screen of the GoPro App, while pressing the icon of the gear wheel at the top right you can manage your account and app settings. In particular, pressing on the voice QuickStory you can activate or deactivate the Auto mode, which allows, if activated, to automatically copy the latest videos and photos to create a QuickStory every time the smartphone and GoPro are connected to each other. This feature is only compatible with HERO6 and HERO5 cameras.
To manage your content, press the icon instead square placed in the menu below and tap on the item Tutto to choose what to display between Photos, Video, clip, Hilight e 360 ° content. By selecting the content of your interest and pressing the button identified by a freccia inside a quadrato you can share photos and movies on Instagram., Facebook, Twittervia SMS o e-mail, while pressing the icon of basket you can delete the contents, making space on the GoPro directly from your smartphone.
Finally, you can press on the button Q present in the menu below to start Quik, another app for GoPro, which I will tell you about in the next paragraphs.
Another GoPro app to install on your smartphone is Quik, available for Android and iOS devices. It is a tool that allows you to edit both the videos made with the GoPro and those available in the gallery of the device in use, with the possibility of creating short videos (in social format) starting from scratch and applying pre-set themes, so as audio and video effects.
To start editing your videos with Quik, launch the app (the Q white and blue) present on the home screen of your device and presses the button Allow access to photos to allow Quik to access the photo gallery of your smartphone or tablet. Now, tap the button + to import movies and photos to the timeline to use in your project, then select the files of your interest and press on the item Add.
To make changes to the imported files, tap on the screen and press the icon of pencil, then press on one of the items in the menu: Text to add text to the movie; Clear to delete the file from the project; Hilight to mark particular moments within the video; Cut out to cut part of the movie. Once the changes are complete, press the button OK to return to the previous screen, where you can further customize the video by applying one of the available themes.
With Quik you can also add music to your movie by tapping on the icon music note and choosing from the numerous musical themes (eg. Friends, Travel, Summer, Work-outs, Night, Love, Cinema, Open air e Memory), otherwise you can tap on the item My music and import the songs in the catalog of your device. Alternatively, you can also press on the voice No music not to associate music with the clip or voice No audio to disable both music and audio of the original movie.
To conclude, press the icon of wrench to set Format (Cinema o Square), duration e Beginning of the music and, at the end of the changes, tap the button Save. Then choose whether to share the movie on WhatsApp, Facebook, Messenger, SMS o Email, otherwise click on the option Photo gallery to export the movie to your device's camera roll.
Among the applications developed by GoPro there is also Splice, a simple but powerful iPhone / iPad editor that allows you to create personalized videos starting from photos and videos captured with GoPro and with your mobile. It also allows you to apply transitions and effects, obtaining professional results to be shared with a few taps on platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Vimeo. A solution similar to Quik, but which allows you to fully unleash your creativity.
To start creating and editing videos, start the app and press the voice Create new project, then press the button Allow access to allow Splice to access your device's photo gallery; then select the files to import in the Splice timeline and press on the option Add, otherwise tap on the item All the pictures at the top to import videos and photos from your accounts GoPro Plus, dropbox, Facebook, Google Drive e Instagram..
After importing your files into Splice's timeline, press the tab Video to customize the imported videos and photos, tap on the single file and press on the options Delete to delete the clip, Duplicate to double it or up Edit video / photo to access the editing section where you can make cuts, apply effects and filters, increase the speed of the movie, add text and create fades.
If you want to add audio effects instead, tap on the tab Audio e pulsing sul pulsating + to import up to two music files into the timeline by choosing one of the available options: Music with a collection of musical themes divided by category (Popular, Music for children, Jazz & blues, Rock etc.); Effetti to insert an audio effect among those available (Insects, Pets, Machines, Means, Kids, Voices, Weapons etc.); iTunes to import files in the music catalog of your device into the Splice timeline. Also, you can press the button Rec (The round red) to record a microphone audio and automatically import it into the timeline.
Finally, you can tap on the project name at the top to make the latest changes by choosing the format, background color default transition transition duration and so on. Once the changes are complete, press the button end at the top right, then tap on the icon freccia inside a quadrato to export or share the movie. Press on the buttons YouTube, Facebook, Instagram. to share the video on the social networks in question, otherwise presses on the voices Copy Link, Messages, Send by email for a different kind of sharing. If you prefer to export the movie to your device, tap the button Save and choose the export quality from Average 320p, Big 540p, HD 720p o HD 1080p.
Owners of a GoPro Karma drone may consider Passenger, an app that, as the name implies, allows you to transform into a drone passenger and watch Karma footage in real time, with the possibility of having full control of the camera. It is available for Android and iOS devices.
To board the drone, download the Passenger app on your mobile device, then ask the Karma pilot to activate the function. To do this, press the ≡ button on the Karma main screen, press the item Connect e fai tap sull'opzione Passenger. Then move the lever from OFF a ON relative to Passenger and write down the passenger name and password visible on the screen.
Now, on your device, go to the Wi-Fi settings, do tap sul passenger name and enter the Password displayed above, then launch the Passenger app and swipe up to start enjoying Karma footage.
More Apps for GoPro
In addition to the solutions previously proposed and developed by GoPro, there are also other apps for GoPro that you can take into consideration. Some allow you to import videos shot with the camera and create custom movies, others even create videos automatically with a motion analysis function. Here is a list of the most interesting ones.
- Antix (Android / iOS): A completely free video editing app that doesn't apply watermarks. It allows you to import the files on your device, but also directly from the GoPro. Through a complex movement analysis system, it is able to automatically edit videos, extracting those that are considered to be the highlights from the videos.
- iMovie (iOS): One of the best free apps to edit videos on iPhone / iPad. You can create movies from scratch or make Hollywood-style trailers with pre-set themes, importing videos also shot with drones or GoPro cameras. You can read my guide on how to use iMovie to learn more about the subject.
- Movie Edit Touch (Android): Turn your device into a portable video studio. It allows you to edit movies with cutting, contrast, brightness and color adjustment functions, obtaining excellent results. In this regard you can read my guide dedicated to video editing apps to find other solutions of this kind.