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Old 06-12-2014, 12:05 PM   #1
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Advice on best setup for on-the-go GoPro editing?

I would love to hear your suggestions or advice on what you use to edit GoPro videos and upload them during trips. A laptop is the obvious choice but I was hoping for something lighter. Have any of you used a laptop? How did you keep it safe? We are doing the TAT soon and I just don't think I could keep a laptop from shaking apart lol. I was looking at tablets or chromebooks possibly. Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:05 PM   #2
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I guess you already know that HD GoPro files are big so unless you get a tablet with a large storage capacity it's not going to work plus it takes a lot of memory to render video. I have a 10" laptop with a plug-in storage drive and after each day of riding I upload my video to the storage drive. Even with my laptop it takes a long time to edit video and usually I have better things to do on my holiday then edit video. I mostly wait till I'm home to edit video and do it on my desktop. On my trip this year to Mexico the HD video I took was 290 GB. It's about 1 1/2 hours or so of HD video to fill my 32gb Micro SD card.

If you do want to edit video fast you'll need a really powerful laptop or you will be waiting for hours for it to render. You can shoot video on the lowest video setting then it would not take so long plus smaller files.

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Old 06-12-2014, 09:03 PM   #3
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As lexluther says, big files, long waits. I made a couple shorts on my last trip but even those took some time. But my macbook air11" handled it ok and nothing broke. Get a decent laptop sleeve with some good protection. You cant have too many gopro batteries, buy as many as you can afford and just always keep em charging.
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:38 PM   #4
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Thank you for the advice! I am thinking I may wait to edit and upload when I get home. I still need a way to store the videos. I was thinking about just using a tablet to upload the videos to my dropbox or google drive? When you took your laptop, how did you pack it?
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Old 06-13-2014, 04:39 AM   #5
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Waaaaay to much data to upload. Buy a little 500gb or larger hard drive to store them till your home. I easily ran up about 250gb of video in week. I started getting pretty selective on when I hit the record button.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:07 AM   #6
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Waaaaay to much data to upload. Buy a little 500gb or larger hard drive to store them till your home. I easily ran up about 250gb of video in week. I started getting pretty selective on when I hit the record button.
I have a external HD I can use. Can I plug it to my tablet and transfer the videos that way?
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:28 PM   #7
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Video upload

My wife and I did a little 3 month trip this past winter through the US and Mexico. We had a large video camera a several gopros. We brought enough SD cards for the cameras to enable us to not have to delete the cards after we dumped them on the laptop.
I was very concerned about the macbook rattling apart on the ride but we just packed it in a soft case from best buy and put it in our top duffle bag with our clothes in it and never had a problem.
It is nice to be able to play with editing when you have a day that you are holed up in a hotel. This also let us watch the gopros and see what angles were working and which ones needed adjusted.
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Old 06-14-2014, 12:44 AM   #8
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I have a external HD I can use. Can I plug it to my tablet and transfer the videos that way?
IF you can plug it in to your tablet and it also has a micro-sd card slot then that should be possible. Or you can copy the contents via usb from the camera onto the tablet. But does it have enough internal storage to do that?

The above means that any iPads (without accesories) are a no go. No USB or micro-SD ports.

Oh......and if you're going camping with no electricity, is the external HDD USB-powered, and if so does it work on 1 USB port or does it need 2?

You can (and should) check it at home before leaving.

I use a Windows tablet to do what you want, a Dell Venue 11 Pro. I have an attachable keyboard with it, which is easy for editing and also protects the screen of the tablet when packed in my tailpack.
If I were you I'd look into the Asus Transformer Book T100, with the optional keyboard with 500gb SSD. Also a Windows hybrid. You'll have to find out if it's fast enough to edit videos.

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Looks like it is.

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Old 06-14-2014, 01:40 AM   #9
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The above means that any iPads (without accesories) are a no go. No USB or micro-SD ports.

I use one of these for my iPad .... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5-IN1-USB-...item486154506e

Works well for short term storage.
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:26 AM   #10
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Look into a Lenovo Yoga 13. Its a tablet/laptop combo that should have enough processing power to do what you want. Touchscreen and long battery life and it has an SSD so the weakest part of the computer(hard drive) is replaced with a solid state drive. Spend $100 on an external hard drive about 2TB in size for plenty of storage for video and photos. Other than that a 14" laptop would be the best. Will you be staying in motels or camping only?

I have an original iPad with the camera connection kit that lets me copy photos and such to the iPad but with only 64gb that is not alot of gopro video.

like someone else said already, you could just buy a bunch of 16gb sd cards or 32gb and swap them out.
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:30 AM   #11
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We are camping and staying in motels every third night or so.
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:09 AM   #12
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I've just started with the GoPro too. Figure to spend 3X the time riding on editing.... Also a finished 8-10 minutes of video takes up to 700mb so a big hard drive is a given!
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:11 PM   #13
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It's torture editing video on an outdated computer. Now imagine working on a tablet/whatever that is even slower.
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:33 PM   #14
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Good class 10 64gb SD cards are $35-40. I plan on buying 5-10 for a long trip. Cheaper(&smaller&less complicated) than a laptop w/ sd reader, external hdd, etc.
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:46 PM   #15
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GO PRO and Laptop Setup

We like to post pics every evening if possible, so a laptop worked for us. I like two backups for pics so the external hard drive was my choice. Here is what we used for a 36 day trip from Arkansas to Alaska and back.

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ASUS 10 inch notebook, 500 gig hard drive
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Foam cut for camera and external hard drive, 2 TB
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