Cineform Studio Review

CineForm Studio was developed to address a very common issue. While people tend to shoot lots of videos, record long footages, they seldom review, edit or touch the footage which ends up in a folder of their hard disks. By introducing simple and easy to use video editing software, CineForm is trying to change that situation. Rather than storing all the videos in a folder and forget about them, the company wants people to try and edit their videos. They want people to experiment with the recorded videos and make them more interesting. The studio series includes a number of solutions including basic, premium and professional.

Basic Features

Though it has been a while since the CineForm software’s are introduced, they were not getting that much use. People actually considered the software as a stripped-down version of the full-fledged video editing software’s. The options available for the users were the basic ones like importing footages, speeding up or slowing down the videos, cropping etc. For adjusting the images, there were some options including color or contrast adjustment, fisheye lens distortion removal etc. It was handy for working with footages having different frame rate or resolutions. However, Studio 2.0 has introduced a new feature called templates, which changed the scenario dramatically.

Editing With Templates

You may have wondered how the TV commercials or music videos manage to combine so many things together. They slow down videos, speed up sometimes, include music, sync the audio and video perfectly and do lots of interesting things. While you liked the effects, you never dreamed of providing these effects to your videos as you don’t have the necessary expertise. But with templates, you can make your videos look like the commercials too. The templates come with the music, effects and other necessary settings; all you have to do is to provide the footage.

In order to add clips into the template, you have to select the specific parts first. After opening a template, you can add clips to it by browsing through the videos. Once you have found something interesting, you have to set the start and end point for the clip and then click ‘Convert Clip.’ The selected portion will be saved as CineForm 444, a unique format created for facilitating the editing process. It is possible to select multiple clips from a single video or you can add different clips from different videos. Once you have selected all the clips, you can convert the whole package together.

The software comes with 4 pre-loaded templates. You can download 9 more templates from GoPro website. The templates were selected from the most popular videos of the company. They vary in duration, style and effects. Make sure that you have chosen a template which complements your clips and the subject.

How to Use the Studio

When you open a template, you will see some pre-defined clips. You can replace these clips by dragging and dropping your own clips. While the effect and duration settings remain intact, you now have your clips placed in the template. You can select the starting and ending points from that interface too. After finishing the selection and conversion project, you can personalize the final output for different types of use. You can save the output in 1080p or in formats suitable for YouTube or Vimeo. You can also custom the format and other quality settings for the final output.

However, with all these good things about templates, there are some annoying things too. First of all, you can’t change the default music. Though it is not that bad, but soon you will find yourself flooded with lots of clips with the same music. Another thing is the GoPro branding at the starting and finishing points of the templates. Nonetheless, the branding could be replaced manually.

If you have a 3D shooting system on your camera, then you can edit your 3D clips with the studio software. Or if you want to create a video from the time-lapse photos you have taken, that is possible too. Along with GoPro, the software supports other brands including Nikon, Canon which produces videos in .mov or H.264 formats.

GoPro Studio Premium

The premium model of Studio is especially optimized for digital camera, television, mastering or any other effects-rich project. It is capable of serving the most demanding 3D and 2D digital workflows. The studio premium can convert almost all the camera formats to 3D cameras, 6K digital cinema and DSLRs. The software can also convert regular images to Digital Intermediate files ready for mastering, editing or applying effects. As the software is available for both Windows and Mac, it ensures a seamless workflow for all the professionals. The premium software combines the popular features of the light application with the premium features like ReMaster and HDlink.

GoPro Studio Professional

The professional version of GoPro studio is targeted at 3D cinema, Blue ray, studio professionals, broadcast, internet distribution etc. Having versions for both Windows and Mac, the studio professional provides a real-time 3D workflow. The software is fully compatible with other solutions including After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Vegas etc. The software could be used in 3D finishing or managing offline 3D projects.