How to Connect GoPro to Mac

GoPro and Mac

Many creators utilize their Macs to store, edit, and share their videos. However, there are times when a Mac will not recognize a GoPro. If you have recently purchased a GoPro, there are several options you can use to get your footage onto your computer. The easiest is to plug in the SD card and copy the files onto your computer. Alternatively, you may opt to use a card reader to transfer the videos to your Mac.

To start off, you will need to connect the microSD card to the card reader. This may be done via a USB cable or the USB-C port. You will also need to install the GoPro Quik software. A free download can be found on the GoPro community website.

Using Image Capture can be an easier way to transfer images and videos from your GoPro to your Mac. This is a handy tool that will allow you to select and open the files you want to transfer. Once you have selected the desired files, you can transfer them to your computer using a USB cable. Afterward, you can confirm the transfer by clicking a button on your screen.

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Another simple and easy way to import GoPro files to your Mac is to remove the SD card from the GoPro. This method should be used if you are in a hurry or you don’t have access to a computer.

Changing the name of the GoPro folder on your computer could be a good idea. It’s a great way to organize your files and make it easier to locate them. But keep in mind that the name of your GoPro folder can also impact the order and structure of your files.

While your Mac will not likely recognize the GoPro itself, you can find the files it is storing under My Devices. In addition, you can launch the iPhoto app to see your photos in a new format.

You can also use the disk utility to format your GoPro SD card on your Mac. Choosing FAT is the recommended format for SD cards that are 32GB or less. For larger cards, ExFAT should be used. Lastly, you can choose to use VLC to play the GoPro videos on your Mac.

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If you want to learn more about how to connect GoPro to your Mac, check out our article on the easiest ways to transfer the footage. We’ve also included a list of other useful tips that can help you get started. Whether you’re transferring GoPro to your Mac for the first time or just looking for more ways to get the most out of your camera, these tips should have you covered. Getting your GoPro into your Mac is an enjoyable process that you’ll find surprisingly simple and user-friendly.

Before you start transferring GoPro to your Mac, it’s best to do your research on which methods will work best. After all, it’s not always easy to decide which option to go with.

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