I was very excited to purchase a GoPro 5 Black. I saved up money for it before my semester abroad in Argentina (which is where I am currently). I saved enough to get a newer model and several accessories which in total was easily an investment of $500, if not more. I figured that with such an investment I would now be capable of creating high quality videos, or at the very least, decent quality videos. I can not express how frustrated I have been with the result and how disappointed I have been. I wish I had saved my money and spent it on something abroad, because the go pro editing software is in a word, awful.
For my first project, I used the Quik editing software, excited that Go Pro had created software specifically for editing go pro videos and with the intention of simplifying the process of editing. Once I created the video and exported it to youtube, I was disappointed to find that the quality was diminished and the videos were not full screen.
I figured that maybe this was a result of using a simplified software or from editing from the mobile app, so with my second video I attempted to edit from the the Go Pro Studio from my Mac Computer. The software took a day just to compress the files and then longer than a few days to edit the clips and export it as a complete movie. I was excited to finally view the final product and was disappointed to find that it was choppy and lagging through the entire video. In other words, the software had taken over 3 or 4 days to produce a video that couldn't even run smoothly.
I have read online forums with similar complaints about the go pro editing software that have said paying additional money for adobe premiere is the best option for editing. However, I did not spent 500 dollars with the intention or expectation that I would have to spend additional money out of pocket just to be able to edit and view the videos I created, especially because the model of Go Pro that I bought was advertised as being simple to edit (with high quality videos on display as if to prove one could effortlessly make such videos with the camera and editing software).
I am disappointed that I now have beautiful memories captured on video that I cannot display in an accessible fashion to share with friends or family, which certainly defeats the entire purpose of why I bought this product to begin with.