Fixing Windows 10 Won’t Play GoPro Videos

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With the GoPro camera, we can take great videos of us diving, surfing, biking, skiing, traveling or any other activity. However, when you import GoPro videos to your computer, TV, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or other player, we find that some or all GoPro videos do not play properly. The playback may be jerky or jarring. It plays normally for a few seconds and then freezes. Or we only hear the sound and don’t see the video. What does it mean that the GoPro footage is not being broadcast? What can we do to solve these problems?

If GoPro videos are not playing smoothly on your computer, the first thing to check is whether the video is playing directly from the GoPro camera’s SD card. If yes, copy the video from the SD card to the hard drive and try again. In fact, interruptions in playback are sometimes caused by reading from the SD memory card. If your GoPro video still doesn’t play properly, there are a few other possible causes

Make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements for playback.

Your computer may not have the necessary specifications to play GoPro videos. In most cases, these are not 4K videos, so you will not be able to play GoPro videos on your computer.

  • Make sure your system meets the minimum requirements for 4K video playback:
  • GPU Video Memory: 1 GB
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 7200 RPM hard drive or SSD
  • Processor: Intel Xeon E5 Hexa-Core or better / Intel Core i7 Quad-Core or better
  • Graphic Processor : Discrete graphics: GeForce GTX 650 Ti or better; AMD A10-7800 APU
  • Integrated graphics : Intel HD Graphics 5000 or higher; AMD Radeon HD 7000 series or higher

If not, update it. Below are some examples of 4K @ 60 and 4K @ 30 video playback with dedicated processors and GPUs.

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  • i7-4770k with integrated GPU: 4k @ 60, no problem.
  • EVGA nVidia GTX 750Ti: 4k @ 60, no problem.
  • i7-2600k with integrated GPU: 4k @ 60, no problem.
  • EVGA nVidia GTX 680 : 4k @ 60, no problem.
  • G540 Celeron processor (2013 CPU) with integrated GPU: 4k @ 30 – no problem, 4k @ 60 – slight lag in intense scenes. For most scenes, the processor was 100% connected.

If your device doesn’t have enough processing power and you don’t want to upgrade, you can convert high-resolution files to low-resolution files.

Playing videos with VLC Media Player

VLC is a free media player that doesn’t require a lot of resources to run on your computer. This allows your computer to concentrate more on reading. It also has access to additional codecs that Windows Media Player does not have.

Start the VLC media player. Play the video by dragging it to the media player or by right-clicking the video and selecting Open with > VLC Media Player from the context menu.

H.264 video compression

You can try setting your GoPro camera (HERO6, HERO7 Black and HERO8 Black) to compress video in H.264 format, not just HEVC (H.265). Images can be shot at different resolutions and at different frame rates, so the limitations are minimal. H.264 is preferred by younger computers because it offers maximum compatibility with older devices. Unlike HEVC or H.265, playback does not require a powerful processor. You can find this option under

Step one: Turn on your GoPro camera. Swipe left on the rear LCD panel. Access the resolution and frame rate settings.
Step two: Select an option that records in H.264 instead of H.265.

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frequently asked questions

How can I watch GoPro videos on Windows 10?

Connect your GoPro camera with the USB cable and plug it into the main USB port on your Windows desktop. Turn the camera on. When the computer detects the camera, a USB icon appears on the screen. Now go to the file explorer and click on the GoPro client that appears on the page.

How can I watch GoPro videos on my computer?

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Why are my GoPro videos not importing?

Before you import, make sure your files are saved on your hard drive/external drive. If the files are on an external drive, try copying the files to the internal drive first to see if that fixes the problem. … Some missing elements of these updates can and will result in incorrect file imports.

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