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4K GoPro Video Processing: How to Upload GoPro 4K/HEVC Video to Facebook

How to upload GoPro HEVC 4K video to Facebook successfully and fast? Here's the method.

We like share our GoPro videos to social sites like Facebook, story telling our exciting adventure, brilliant travel, as well as jazzy time with our family, friends or pets. In order to shoot high bit rate video like 4K at 60fps and 2.7K at 120fps to present moment as real as it actually is, GoPro has built support for more effective HEVC compression into its newer Hero 6 Black. However, HEVC 4K is not supported by Facebook, so we need to learn how to upload GoPro 4K HEVC video to Facebook from this article.

As the online video sharing giant, YouTube has had 4K support since 2010, and now works well with all 4K videos including those encoded with HEVC, while Facebook is lagging behind the competition. HEVC is not welcomed by Facebook. And according to TechCrunch report, only some pages and profiles can post and view 4K videos, because Facebook is testing 2160p UHD-1 standard from late 2017. Before we upload GoPro 4K HEVC to Facebook, let's first take a look at Facebook video limits for uploading:

● What video files can be uploaded to Facebook?
mp4/m4v (MPEG-4/H.264 Video), mov (QuickTime Movie), flv (Flash Video), m2ts (M2TS Video), mts (AVCHD Video), vob (DVD Video), wmv (Windows Media Video), avi (AVI Video) etc. [Check all video file formats supported by Facebook]

● What's the maximum GoPro video length and size to upload on Facebook?
There're limits on video size and length for uploading, and only when GoPro (4K) video is at or under 120 minutes & 4GB can it be posted on Facebook successfully. In addition, Facebook has a maximum of 30fps rendering. Any video uploaded at 60fps will be downsampled.

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Convert GoPro 4K HEVC to Facebook

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe/for Mac
Allow you to compress GoPro 4K HEVC to Facebook available formats like H.264 MP4/MOV/FLV and DivX AVI.

By fully support Nvidia/AMD/Intel hardware acceleration, it delivers excellent video processing speed, while maintaining the highest possible quality thanks to hardware processing.

WinX HD Video Converter can save (convert, natch) videos from the likes of YouTube, and output presets for every portable device from Android to Windows Phone. - Rick (CNET Editor)

Upload HEVC 4K Video Shot by GoPro Hero 6 Black to Facebook in Two Ways

1. One-click Upload GoPro 4K HEVC Video to Facebook via Apps

GoPro has released many tools to help users access, edit and share fresh GoPro footage to Facebook from mobile or desktop environments. Quik and GoPro are good examples. Using GoPro authorized apps to upload 4K HEVC video to Facebook is quite convenient, but too many problems and bugs on 4K HEVC video exporting and playback can be found from GoPro community, for example:

upload gopro 4k hevd to facebook via gopro/quik app

- "HEVC Media does not show up in Quik on my new Windows 10 PC with a Core i9 Processor"
- "GoPro app shows HEVC cannot be used on my phone but it is a Note 8 (fully compatible with HEVC)"
- "When I try using Quik desktop app to download and edit the 4K 60 fps videos, I get the error message stating that my system in not capable of HEVC."

All GoPro video apps have strict hardware requirements to handle 4K HEVC video. Even when the hardware itself is qualified, there're also a lot of software compatibility errors. Therefore, GoPro recommends transferring HEVC to H.264 with open source transcoder HandBrake when encountering 4K HEVC problems, which is also the second method we would come up with below.

2. Compress and Upload GoPro 4K (HEVC) Video to Facebook on PC with Professional Video Converter

Facebook does not support HEVC 4K video, but why can we directly post and view it on Facebook? The truth is when we add GoPro 4K HEVC video and click "Post", the video will be processed for some time by formatting from HEVC to H.264 Facebook prefers. Nevertheless, it usually takes quite a long time to process GoPro HEVC 4K video with high bit rate or large size.

- I uploaded a video file to Facebook about 9 hours ago, and it still hasn't shown up. How can I minimize the time it takes to process my video?
- Long upload to Facebook: Despite using Studio to edit GoPro 4K HEVC footage to just 1 minute, it won't upload to Facebook. It will take hours and then tell me there was a problem!! How can i sort this out?

Facebook is not skilled in transcoding GoPro 4K HEVC video. Therefore, professional video converter software is the best way to go. Since GoPro has already recommended HandBrake to convert HEVC to H.264, here we offer another good bet - WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe. Compared to HandBrake, it can compress GoPro HEVC 4K for Facebook more flexibly.

HandBrake vs. WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe
  • HandBrake
  • Easy-to-operate: ★★★
    Output Format: Only MP4 and MKV

    Video Edit: Crop, trim, add subtitle, denoise, sharpen, rotate

  • Hardware acceleration:
    - Only support Intel QSV
    - Only support hardware accelerated video encoding

  • WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe
  • Easy-to-operate: ★★★★★
    Output: MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, FLV, WebM, WMV and more

    Video Edit: Crop, trim, add subtitle, sharpen, rotate, merge, split, stabilization, noise reduction, snapshot, add effects etc.

  • Hardware acceleration:
    - Support Intel QSV, AMD and Nvidia NVENC/Cuda techs
    - Fully support hardware accelerated video processing (decode + process + encode)

User guide on how to convert GoPro HEVC 4K to Facebook video with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe:

Step 1. Export GoPro Hero 6 HEVC 4K (60fps) video to computer via GoPro app or other tool alike. Free download it on Windows PC (Mac version here) and install it on computer. Open it and enter into Video Converter to standby.

Step 2. Input source GoPro HEVC 4K video into WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe by clicking "Add Video" button or directly drag and drop. If you wanna perform batch conversion, just load the video files at this step.

How to convert hevc 4k gopro to facebook with WinX

Step 3. Choose one Facebook friendly video format at the output profile, like MP4 (H.264) and MOV (H.264), AVI (DivX) and FLV (H.264), and click "OK" to move on.

Step 4. Do some advanced settings on video frame rate (e.g 60fps to 30fps), resolution (e.g 4K to 1080p) and so on. WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe also features stabilizing GoPro shaky video, denoising source video, adding effects to GoPro source, as well as making a series of 4K (JPG) snapshots for setting as desktop wallpapers.

Step 5. Tap "RUN" button to start video processing automatically. Then you're free to do anything else. Don't forget to check the final GoPro video for Facebook. Level-3 hardware acceleration makes video conversion or compression a snap, while no visible quality loss at all.

Now you can post your personal GoPro HEVC 4K content on Facebook smoothly! Still have any problem on how to convert or compress GoPro 4K HEVC video for uploading to Facebook, just email us >>

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