The GoPro doesn't do much good if you can't actually do anything with the videos. Thankfully, connecting a GoPro to a computer to transfer your videos or pictures is a simple process.
First, we'll go over the method you can use to download files from any camera or video camera, then we'll go through a GoPro-specific method that has a few more features.
Ready to see your first GoPro videos?
Good, here's how to connect a GoPro to a computer.
Step 1. Turn the GoPro off. Plug the small end of the USB cord into the side of your GoPro -- to do this, you'll need to take the GoPro out of the housing. The USB port is on the side, above the Micro SD card. Then, plug the opposite end of the cord into a USB port on your computer.
Step 2. Locate the GoPro files on your computer, then drag and drop to the desired location:
On Windows: A pop-up window may show when you plug the camera in -- if it does, you can click the "Import Pictures And Videos" option, then choose a folder to upload them to and follow the instructions that pop up on the screen.
If a window doesn't pop-up when you plug the GoPro in
GoPro has developed a software to help users get the most out of their videos. Along with editing your videos, you can use GoPro Studio to import your files. Using this method will take longer the first time because you have to download the software, but after the initial set-up, uploads are automatic.
Step 1. Download GoPro Studio (if you haven't already) at the official GoPro website. Once the file has downloaded, open it to run the set-up.
Step 2. Open GoPro Studio. You'll be asked if you'd like to use GoPro Studio as the default importer. Hit "yes". Choose a name for the folder for your images, then click continue. On this next screen, you can set up your preferences, including where your GoPro folder is saved. Check the top box to view your files right away and the second one to delete the files from your GoPro once they've imported successfully.
Step 3. Plug the GoPro into your computer using the black USB cable (Follow the instructions for step 1 in the first method if you need more details). With the auto import set-up, your files will automatically begin importing to the folder you selected. The next time you need to import videos, you can skip steps one and two -- if GoPro Studio doesn't open when you plug the camera in, just manually open the application and your automatic download should begin.
Connecting the GoPro to your computer is a simple process, once you understand how it's done. Using the GoPro Studio, you can set up automatic imports to make uploads/downloads even simpler, or you can continue using the drag and drop method, which works on any camera with a USB cord.
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Hillary K. Grigonis is both a tech writer and photographer. As a reviewer for Digital Camera HQ, she gets hands-on experience with dozens of different cameras and camcorders every year. She owns both a GoPro and a few Nikons and she’s lost without without her iPhone.