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My guess is that the way the Highlights are placed in the metadata is not standard to the way Premiere uses them to define chapter points.
Can you see your highlights in the metadata panel in Premiere?
There's no relevant info in the metadata. Cant see any chapters, markings or timecodes related to my markers.
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Ok, so i've been chatting with a GoPro engineer, and indeed, Highlight data is not stored as chapter data.
But they pointed me to a solution using ffmpeg. When remuxing the video through ffmpeg, ffpeg will convert highlights as chapter points.
Remuxing won't reencode your video file, so you won't have a quality loss, it will just rewrite the metadata.
Once ffmpeg is installed, you can use this command line: "ffmpeg -i "your_file.mp4" -codec copy "your_file_chapter.mp4"
It will create a new video file (a duplicate, so that's why you need to give it a new name) that you'll be able to import in Premiere Pro.
Try that on one video and tell us if it worked.
Doesnt seem to work. ffmpeg shows the chapters
Output #0, mp4, to 'test2.MP4':
major_brand : mp41
minor_version : 538120216
firmware : HD5.02.02.51.00
encoder : Lavf57.83.100
Chapter #0:0: start 1.067000, end 3.286000
Chapter #0:1: start 3.286000, end 5.338000
Chapter #0:2: start 5.338000, end 7.774000
Chapter #0:3: start 7.774000, end 8.832000
But this info is not in Premiere (or I cant find it).
And what if you do the same thing but add the -map_chapters parameter in ffmpeg?
ffmpeg.exe -i "test.MP4" -codec copy "test3.MP4" -map_chapters 1
But it doesnt seem to help or change anything. Im probably not using it correctly but putting it before the output returns some errors.
Dont think they were designed for other then the Gopro app.
They where not, but their metadata track schema is open: GitHub - gopro/gpmf-parser: Parser for GPMF™ formatted telemetry data used within GoPro® cameras. Highlights are in the udta, in the hmmt atom.
Alas, I'm not familiar with the -map_chapters parameter in ffmpeg, so I guess I'm beaten.
They worked with Premiere with the first FW im 100% positive but I cant find older footage to test. Im pretty sure it worked because I tested it first day I got the camera and I had markers on the timeline.
I usually have to sort through 15-30 hours of footage every month and its pretty time consuming and annoying. Is there any other way of making them work besides the ffmpeg thing?
Find a way to work around this issue yet? Let us know.
After further talking with the GoPro software team in Paris, turns out that if you highlight during capture, the highlights will be in the correct metadata, but if you do it afterwards, it will be stored in Gopro own metadata track that is harder to extract to third party software.