GoPro Studio Premium

Online post workflows for virtually all cameras and file formats from HD through 4K spatial resolution onwards

Optimized for digital mastering, digital cinema, television, and effects-heavy projects, GoPro Studio Premium is the right product to support the most demanding 2D and 3D digital intermediate workflows. Studio Premium converts virtually all camera formats from HDV to 6K digital cinema, DSLRS, 3D cameras, and file-based formats including TIF and DPX into CineForm Digital Intermediate files for the highest quality editing, effects, and mastering workflows.

With versions for both Windows and Macintosh, GoPro Studio Premium delivers a real-time digital intermediate workflow, from HD through 4K spatial resolution and beyond, that is compatible with most NLEs - including those from Adobe, Apple, Avid, and Sony - enabling cross-platform compatibility for 2D and 3D editing and effects applications that has never before existed. A GoPro CineForm DI workflow begins with the underlying CineForm Intermediate compression acclaimed for its high visual fidelity, and which is used routinely as the mastering format for 2D and 3D film, television, and archive workflows.

GoPro Studio Premium combines the key features from the First Light application and conversion utilities such as HDLink and ReMaster into a greatly simplified user experience. GoPro Studio Premium allows non-destructive primary color correction, image reframing and 3D adjustments without flattening those adjustments into the underlying video layer. This is accomplished through the Active Metadata™ architecture that ensures compatibility with all QuickTime and AVI applications.

With GoPro Studio Premium you get:

  • The Industry's Best Compression: The industry respected 12-bit CineForm 444 format exceeds the visual fidelity of the HDCAM SR tape format. GoPro CineForm media becomes the new master format for your file-based workflow, and files are immediately ready for editorial or archive as soon as they are created. GoPro CineForm media is visually equivalent to uncompressed sources but weigh in at about 15% of the file size.
  • Practically unlimited spatial resolution*: No projects are more visually and computationally demanding than digital cinema projects requiring substantial manipulation in post, or those destined for the big screen. The unmatched performance and visual quality of Studio Premium's deep-precision processing engine enhances the performance, features, and visual quality of any Mac or Windows editorial or effects application in a big way, supporting YUV, RGB(A), or RAW chroma formats in real time on the timeline of your preferred NLE.
  • Cross-Platform compatibility: CineForm files are compatible on both Windows and Macintosh with your preferred software applications from Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, Avid, Sony, and virtually any other DirectShow (AVI) or QuickTime (MOV) application. Create on one platform, share on the other, even with distributed editing workflows. GoPro-CineForm provides a free decoder on both Windows and Mac to easily share content - even at 4K resolution and beyond.
  • Active Metadata: non-destructive, real-time primary color correction application for GoPro-CineForm media plus text, graphics, and tools overlays. Studio Premium works in parallel with your editing and effects software, and maintains color adjustments and image framing as Active Metadata with your media - all processed in real time so you never need to render, and consequently you never clip highlights. Studio Premium color adjustments are immediately visible in any application that calls a GoPro-CineForm file.
  • CineForm RAW workflow: Studio Premium supports 2D and 3D CineForm RAW workflows with unrestricted spatial resolution inside your preferred NLE, whether shot directly using the SI-2K camera or converted into CineForm RAW from other RAW cameras.
  • DPX and RAW Format Converters: Most digital cinema Raw cameras acquire in formats unsuitable for high-performance online post-production. Source Raw formats from RED, VR Phantom, and Arri can be converted into CineForm RAW files more suitable for high-performance online editorial. Also, converters between DPX / TIFF files and CineForm files are included to ensure broadest industry compatibility.
  • File conversion: file conversion and image processing software converts most camera or file-based source formats into 10-bit CineForm Intermediate HD files while also performing valuable tasks such as telecine removal, deinterlacing, spatial resampling, and much more. Enables true 24p editing workflows from most HD sources.
  • 3D Editing: create, edit, and adjust CineForm 3D files, the industry's most common 3D editorial format. Adjust convergence, camera zoom disparity, add 3D titles and graphics overlays, and much more. Studio Premium is the right 3D editing choice for all single-body dual-lens 3D cameras.
  • * Spatial resolution of Studio Premium is actually unrestricted. Many NLEs can support workflows only up to 4K.

NOTE:Some feature differences exist between the Windows and Mac versions of GoPro Studio Premium. Please verify features in the Trial download prior to purchase.

Included software components

  • CineForm 2D and 3D codec with Active Metadata processor
    • Win: DirectShow, Video for Windows (VfW), and QuickTime components installed
    • Mac: QuickTime components installed
  • Studio Premium: End-user application that runs in parallel with your preferred NLE or effects software to adjust Active Metadata color parameters, 3D adjustments, and text/graphics overlays on CineForm media. Supports conversion of a number of HD camera file formats including MVC (3D), AVCHD, Canon and Nikon DSLR MOVs and GoPro Hero footage.
    End-user utilities included to manage file capture and conversion to CineForm files. Allows selection of image pre-processing algorithms during conversion (spatial resampling, telecine removal, and much more).
  • HD Link (Windows) or ReMaster (Mac). End-user application to manage file capture and conversion to CineForm files. Allows selection of image pre-processing algorithms during conversion (spatial resampling, telecine removal, and much more).
  • Command-Line Converters (Windows).Command-line conversion utilities for conversion of greater-than-HD resolution content into CineForm files, including:
    • R2CF: Convert from RED R3D media into CineForm files
    • VR2CF: Convert from Phantom (Vision Research) RAW files and CineForm files
    • DPX2CF and CF2DPX: Convert between DPX or TIFF files and CineForm media
    • Note: RED R3D and DPX conversions on Mac are performed in ReMaster

Studio Premium Feature Specification

  • OS Compatibility:
    • Mac: OS 10.6 or later
    • Win: Windows XP /Vista /7 (either 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • CineForm compression with embedded Active Metadata processing
    • Windows: DirectShow, Video for Windows (VfW), and QuickTime compatible with all video applications that support these interfaces.
    • Mac: QuickTime compatible with all video applications that supports QuickTime.
  • Application Compatibility: Most AVI/MOV compatible editing and effects applications including:
    • Final Cut Pro 7/X
    • Adobe CS5 / CS5.5 / CS6
    • Avid Media Composer v5/v6
    • Sony Vegas 10/11
  • Spatial resolution: Unrestricted. As a practical matter up to 8K for each eye.
  • File Compatibility: MOV, AVI
  • Chroma Format:10-bit 4:2:2; 12-bit 4:4:4(:4); and 12-bit CineForm RAW
  • OpenGL display support for timeline and First Light/GoPro CineForm Studio monitoring
  • HD-SDI/HDMI monitoring support in Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro: through AJA Kona LHi/3/3G (drivers supplied by AJA)
  • HD-SDI/HDMI Direct-to-Disk Recording: Using 3rd Party capture cards
  • Media Sharing with others: Free GoPro-CineForm Decoder with Active Metadata processor available for download for both Windows and Mac
    • Real-time Full framerate playout as user-selectable 2D or 3D format
    • Real-time Active Metadata processing for color adjustments and 3D controls
    • During 3D render CineForm 3D files are properly recreated.
    • Some feature differences exist between different NLEs and platforms.
  • Studio Premium is the heart of your 2D/3D workflow. Studio Premium operates in parallel with your editing or effects software, and provides real-time, non-destructive adjustments for 3D controls, primary 2D/3D color correction, and overlays. Studio Premium's adjustments are implemented as Active Metadata, which means all adjustments are made non-destructively as a "layer" on top of the underlying video. Active Metadata is implemented in a manner that is compatible with all AVI and MOV NLEs and effects applications.

    LUT Package

    Your GoPro CineForm Studio Premium installation also includes a package of 34 64x64x64 3D (cubic) LUTs ("Looks") for use with the software.

Operating System Windows : Win XP / Vista; 32-bit or 64-bit / Win 7 32-bit or 64-bit
Mac : Mac OS 10.6 or later
Acquisition / File Conversion
I/O Precision 10-12 bit
Max horizontal resolution (capture/export) Unrestricted (Practically 4K)
Chroma format YUV 4:2:2
RGB 4:4:4
RGBA 4:4:4:4
RAW Bayer
Encoder Quality Controls Five: User selectable
Selectable Wrapper Win : AVI / MOV
Mac : MOV
Video Formats (HD and SD) 480i/p, 576 i/p, 720p, 1080i/p, 2Kp, 3Kp, 4Kp
HD camera sources

HDV, AVCHD,
XDCam HD/EX, Canon DSLRs, Cannon XF, Panasonic/Sony MVC 3d (currently Windows only), Panasonic AVC-Intra (currently Mac only with codec pack installed)

Digital Cinema Camera Compatibility SI-2K, RED,
VR Phantom, Arri D21, Alexa
HD-SDI Card Compatibility Mac
Win: AJA and Blackmagic. HD Link capture only
HDMI Input Win: Blackmagic (Intensity): HD Link only
File rewrapping Win (only) : Both AVI ↔ MOV
DPX file conversion Utilities Win : Separate utility DPX2CF and CF2DPX
Mac : Through ReMaster
red R3D Conversion Utilities Win : Yes. Separate utility R2CF
Mac : Through ReMaster
Image Processing During Conversion
Telecine removal (24p from 60i) Yes
Deinterlacing Yes. 30p / 25p from 60i / 50i
Image spatial resampling Yes, using Lanczos 3-lobe resampler
SD ↔ HD
HD (non-square) ↔ HD (square)
Image flip (for 35mm adapters) Yes
Slow Motion - up to 2.5X Yes
Convert 24P ↔ 25p Yes, including audio remodulation
Create letterbox / pillarbox Yes
Windows MacOS
Operating System Windows XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8 Mac OS 10.6 or greater
CPU Minumum: Intel® Core 2 Duo™
Recommended: Intel® Quad Core™ i7 or better
Mac note: Intel Mac only
Graphics Card* Graphics card that supports OpenGL 1.2 or higher
Screen Resolution Minimum: 1280x800
Recommended: 1920x1080
Minimum: 1280x768
Recommended: 1920x1080
RAM Minimum: 2GB
Recommended: 4GB or greater
Minimum: 2GB
Recommended: 4GB or greater
Hard Drive Minimum: 5400 RPM
Recommended:  7200 RPM
If external, use USB 3.0 or eSATA
Minimum: 5400 RPM
Recommended:  7200 RPM
If external, use Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, Firewire or eSATA
QuickTime V7.6 or greater V7.6 or greater

Note: For systems below the minimum hardware recommendations, performance may degrade, but software will most likely continue to function. GoPro Studio is not available for Linux, iOS® or Android™ devices at this time.

* It is highly recommended that you use the latest graphics drivers directly from the graphics card manufacturer.

Color Processing With Active Metadata … Without Rendering

GoPro Cineform Studio Premium is an application for "developing" CineForm media including

  • Primary color correction
  • 3D stereo adjustments
  • Text and graphic overlays

Image adjustments made in Studio Premium change Active Metadata parameters, which are metadata controls that instruct the CineForm decoder about image development rules. Active Metadata adjustments are always non-destructive because they are never flattened into your media - until you choose to render. Image adjustments are always performed in real time during playback — including primary color correction, 3D LUTs, 3D stereo adjustments, text/graphic overlays, and much more — using CineForm's Active Metadata processor that is part of the CineForm decoder.

So How Does It Work? Active Metadata, which accompanies your CineForm media, can be thought of as a separate "layer" from the underlying video information, and is stored in a database separate from your CineForm media. This technique means Active Metadata is never "flattened" into your media which can cause loss of headroom and even clipping. When manipulating images using Studio Premium, changes are immediately written to the Active Metadata database (not into the file itself) and changes are immediately visible in the playback window of any calling application. But remember, those changes are always non-destructive, and they are compatible with any application that calls a CineForm file.

Compatible Everywhere - An Active Metadata workflow is extremely flexible — all CineForm files with Active Metadata are completely cross-platform and cross-applications compatible. Compatibility is assured because Active Metadata processing is performed after the base image is decoded (beneath the DirectShow or QuickTime layers), but before handing off the image(s) to the calling application such as Premiere Pro, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Media Composer, and more.

What is the Workflow? You will normally launch Studio Premium to run in parallel with an NLE or Effects application. When Studio Premium is in the foreground you can adjust parameters on CineForm files. When you bring the NLE or Effects application into the foreground and hit "Play" the adjustment will immediately appear in real time with no rendering required.

Active Metadata Features

  • Non-destructive and keyframeable primary color correction as Active Metadata for CineForm media
    • - White Balance — auto-select or manually adjust
    • - Exposure
    • - Contrast
    • - Saturation
    • - Lift / Gamma / Gain
    • - 64x64x64 3D LUTs (Look-Up Tables) for color mapping
  • Image Reframing
    • - horizontal and vertical image placement
    • - independent horizontal and vertical zoom
    • - rotation
    • - dynamic stretch
    • - Letterbox/pillarbox masking
  • Define DeBayer algorithm used when decoding CineForm RAW media
  • Selectable decoder curves
  • 3D stereo adjustments including:
    • - Convergence adjustments (horizontal, vertical, rotation (skew))
    • - Disparity Zoom to adjust for focal length mismatch
    • - Keyframeability for all convergence adjustments

Overlay Features

  • Overlay engine for text and graphics
    • - text overlay plus choice of font, size, color, stroke, opacity, in/out, fade; independent parallax adjustment
    • - graphics (PNG) overlay with scale, opacity, in/out, fade; independent parallax adjustment
    • - tools overlay including histogram, waveform, and scopes
    • - metadata overlay for timecode, file name, and other passive metadata
    • - grid overlay for object placement or 3D adjustments
    • - free-form placement of objects
  • View all passive metadata fields within a file
  • Add passive metadata fields (future)

Playback Controls

  • Global Metadata Playback controls: Select ON or OFF for each Active Metadata field
  • Loop control
  • Timecode
  • Select full or partial resolution decoding
  • Choice of stereo playback mode:
    • - 2D: Left eye or right eye
    • - Anaglyph: Red-Cyan,Amber-Blue, Amber-Magenta
    • - Passive Polarized: side-by-side, over-under, interlace (fields)
    • - Nvidia 3D - Windows only for now
    • - Free View - for external 3D viewer
    • - Adjustment Mode: Onion Skin, Difference (for adjusting 3D offsets)

Project Features

  • Support for Tangent Wave 3-ball control panel
  • Export 64x64x64 3D LUTs for use with other media
  • Define "projects": each project can be multiple clips — for instance, a scene or other collection of clips
  • Copy Active Metadata from one clip and Paste to one or more clips in a project
  • Define multiple color databases. Select active database from list.
  • Export color database and associated Active Metadata for moving to a different machine