GoPro App for Desktop is a pretty basic app designed for those who are just getting started in the field of video editing, GoPro app enables you to offload your GoPro shots and quickly edit/upload them. It works with both PCs and Mac.


Update: GoPro Studio and GoPro Quik App for Desktop Have Been Discontinued

GoPro App (Studio) has been discontinued“With the latest update to Quik for desktop(versions 2.4+), GoPro Studio will no longer be included in the installer package. The reason for this is because GoPro Studio has reached its end-of-life for support”. 

The GoPro Quik App has been discontinued on desktop operating systems such as Windows and Mac, which might result in compatibility issues with the latest GoPro models. However, an older version of the app can still be downloaded using the provided link.

Moreover, there is a way to get the most recent version of Quik on your computer. Please read on to discover the precise steps required for this process.

Find more information about GoPro App (Quik)  in this article.


GoPro Video Editing App for Your Desktop

GoPro Video Editing App for your desktop is a convenient way to offload your GoPro shots. You just need to plug in your camera, and this app automatically imports all your photos and videos. This app comes with basic functionality unlike the more advanced apps like Adobe Premiere and Final Cut. But it is incredibly fast and allows for super quick edits.

Here are the things you can do with this editing software:

  • Quickly offload, organise and share GoPro photos and videos.
  • View and edit burst and time-lapse footage to create short videos.
  • Add HiLight Tags or create still images of your favourite moments in the videos.
  • Use video trimming tools to create short clips and post them to social media right away.

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The GoPro Quik app can still be installed on your computer even though it has been discontinued. The Quik app is designed to work with both Windows and macOS systems.

Installing GoPro Quik on Windows

You can install the GoPro App on Windows in one of two ways:

1. Click on this link to download the older version of the GoPro Quik App for your Windows PC.
2. To access the latest version of the GoPro Quik App, you first need to install BlueStacks. This software simulates an Android device on your PC.

Here’s how to get the latest version of the GoPro Quik App on your desktop:

Step 1: Download and install BlueStacks on your desktop.
Step 2: Start BlueStacks on your system.
Step 3: Once BlueStacks is operational, click on the “My Apps” button in the emulator.
Step 4: Look for the app you want to install, i.e., GoPro Quik, using the search feature.
Step 5: Choose the GoPro Quik app from the search results and begin the installation process.
Step 6: You will need to log into your Google account to download apps from Google Play on BlueStacks.
Step 7: The installation of the GoPro Quik app will start after you log in, and its speed will depend on your internet connection.

Tip: If you face any loading problems with BlueStacks, try installing the Microsoft .NET Framework on your PC.

Installing GoPro Quik on Mac

There are two methods for installing the GoPro App on Mac:

1. Use this link to download an older version of the GoPro Quik App for Mac.
2. To download the latest version of the GoPro Quik App, you will first need to install BlueStacks, which acts like an Android device on your PC.

Here are the steps to download the latest version of the GoPro Quik App on your Mac:

Step 1: Download and install BlueStacks on your computer.
Step 2: Open BlueStacks on your machine.
Step 3: After launching BlueStacks, select the “My Apps” button in the emulator.
Step 4: Use the inbuilt search feature to locate the GoPro Quik App.
Step 5: From the search results, choose the GoPro Quik App and commence the installation process.
Step 6: To download apps from the Google Play store on BlueStacks, you’ll need to log into your Google account.
Step 7: After signing in, the GoPro Quik App will begin to download and install, with the speed dependent on your internet connection.


GoPro App for Desktop – Quick Tutorial

GoPro App makes it incredibly simple to offload, organize and edit all your GoPro video clips on your computer. Here’s a quick tutorial to help you become well-versed with it.

App Overview

Now, firstly set it as your preferred GoPro importer. This would automatically launch the GoPro app whenever you connect your cam to your computer.

When using for the first time, you need to initially create your free GoPro account in order to access the app.

After you’re done with these initial steps, connect your GoPro or memory card to your computer and turn it On (Press shutter button for Session).

That’s it! It’s as easy as that to import your GoPro content into your desktop.

You are now ready to organise, edit and share your photos and videos. Just sit back, relax and enjoy your amazing GoPro content!

Have a look at the video below to understand how to get started with this app.


How to Organize Your Content

With GoPro app, you get access to all your GoPro stuff at one place. Here are some of the great functions that this app allows for you to organise your GoPro photos & videos, and create amazing content to enjoy with your friends and family.

  • The app automatically displays your most recent GoPro shots.
  • You just need to double click the thumbnail to view your capture.
  • You can also adjust the size of thumbnails by using the slider at the top right corner.
  • While your video is playing, click on the HiLight Button at the bottom to mark the perfect moments.
  • The app automatically collapses your burst and timelapse sequences into a single thumbnail.
  • You can convert your time lapse into a video for easy playback.
  • Click rotate to fix the videos orientation in case of upside-down videos.
  • Take a screenshot of the perfect moment from your video and share it to your social media directly from the app.
  • Create a short clip by selecting the ‘clip’ icon on the bottom left, adjusting the length of the clip and saving it.
  • You can also share these clips to Youtube from the app.


How to Edit Your Videos

While you can do some basic editing like creating short clips right in the GoPro app, when it comes to more advanced features like Flux Motion Control, Fish Eye Adjustment etc., you need GoPro Studio.

Here I have compiled a list of initial steps that you need to follow to get started with editing in GoPro Studio.

  1. Launch the GoPro app.
  2. Select the files you want to edit. You can also select multiple files by holding the control key while selecting.
  3. Now, from the blue toolbar above, select the ‘Open in Studio’ icon. This will open your project in GoPro Studio.
  4. Select File > Save to save your project at the desired location on your desktop.

That’s all you need to do to start editing your desired photos/videos on the desktop.

Now, you need to follow these three steps to create an incredibly awesome and professional looking film from the raw GoPro footage.

Step 1: View & Trim

After saving the project, all the clips that you selected will show at the left side. Review and trim each to ensure that all the best moments that you want to include in the final version are included. This can be done by setting the ‘in and ‘out’ points. You can repeat this process with all the selected clips with multiple segments having all those great moments. After that, you need to convert the list of clips by pressing ‘Convert’. This will convert all the clips and make them ready for editing in Step 2. Lastly, Press ‘Clear All’ to clear your completed conversions.

Step 2: Edit

After you’re done with Step 1, click on Step 2: Edit at the top of the window. All of your converted clips will automatically move to Step 2. But when you first click on Step 2, you’ll be asked if you want to use a Pre-Made Edit Template or a blank one. Select the template as per your desired theme for the final film. You can do some great editing in this step with features like ability to add music to the footage, using filters and effects etc. to make your end result more appealing.

Step 3: Export

Once you’ve successfully created the video as per your expectations, proceed further to export it, so that you can easily share it with your friends and family. Click ‘Step 3: Export’ at the top of the window to do it, and choose an export preset. Finally name the video file and save it to the desired destination on your desktop.

To share your final video on Facebook or Youtube, Go to GoPro app and select ‘Edits’ at the left. It will show your newly exported video, which you can share right away by right-clicking on the thumbnail and selecting ‘Share’ from the drop-down menu.

Here is a tutorial that will help you to edit GoPro videos on iPhone and iPad.

Check also Top 10 GoPro Edit Apps for Mac!

Professional Video Editing Apps for Desktop

While GoPro Studio app (now discontinued) is practical, easy-to-use & learn, accessible to everyone and free, it has limited features when compared with professional editing software like Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro. It is mainly for beginners in the field of video editing.

There’s a lot you can do with professional software that’s otherwise impossible to do with the GoPro app. For example, working with the cuts on GoPro Studio is much more inconvenient and slow as compared to Adobe Premiere Pro. Also, GoPro app is mainly suitable for short 2-3 minute videos. It tends to crash frequently if working with longer videos, which is not the case with the more advanced apps.

Now I’ll introduce you with some of the best video editing apps available:

Arguably the most popular video editing app on both Windows and Mac OS, Adobe Premiere Pro is a highly comprehensive and powerful software. Final Cut Pro X, on the other hand, is Apple’s signature video editing app for Mac users to edit your GoPro videos in a convenient and smooth way.

If you want a software that is extremely easy to use and learn, Filmora Wondershare is the right pick for you. And for the beginners in the field of video editing who don’t need the high-level functionality of Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Premiere Elements is perfect! iMovie is also a highly popular, free and user-friendly video editing app by Apple, but has pretty basic functionality.

I’ve personally tried all of these video editors and many more. But, I use Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro X to edit all of my videos on a regular basis. Why? Because these apps offer many useful features, and people develop plugins for them to expand possibilities. Plus they also get frequent software updates, and there are many free tutorials & guides online to learn more about them.

Have a look at this table below to understand how the 5 leading video editing apps compare for different needs:

Adobe Premiere Pro Final Cut Pro X Filmora Wondershare Adobe Premiere Elements iMovie
Ease of use Easy for basic editing, but can get complex for advanced editing Steep learning curve Very easy with editing mode “Action Cam Tool” Easy. It offers Step-by-step guided edits Easy and intuitive
Software Updates Yes (frequent) Yes Yes (frequent) Yes (frequent) Yes
Best for Hobbyist and professional filmmakers All Mac users Video creators for the web & action cams Hobbyist – Windows and Mac Users Basic and fast edits (Mac only)
Tools & Features Many professional tools and plugins Many professional tools and plugins Good range of editing tools Good range of tools and plugins Few tools for basic editing
Price Paid Paid Free & Paid Paid Free


To learn more about how to edit GoPro videos, have a look at this article for a detailed guide.