GoPro File Naming Convention

Alright so you just purchased a GoPro, and started playing around with filming or taking photos.  You have successfully connected your GoPro to your computer and transferred your files, and are now wondering what do those file name mean?

GoPro has set up a Customer Support Hub to answer that, or you could just hang out here and get those answers.

FILE ORGANIZATION

When it comes to organizing files, GoPro does just as well at streamlining and grouping files, as most computers do organizing filenames or dates. I have always been a proponent of using the large to small sorting (ISO 8601). But for whatever reason, GoPro chose differently.

CAMERA MODELS

    • HERO6 Black
    • HERO (2018)
    • HERO5 Black
    • HERO5 Session
    • HERO4 Black & Silver
    • HERO Session / HERO4 Session
    • HERO (2014)
    • HERO3+
    • HERO3
    • HD HERO2

FILE FORMATS

HERO6 Black

Recording Type Filename Example
Single Video GH01xxxx.mp4
GX01xxxx.mp4

  • “H” = AVC encoding
  • “X” = HEVC encoding
  • ‘xxxx = file number
GH011234.mp4
GX011234.mp4
Chaptered Video GHzzxxxx.mp4
GXzzxxxx.mp4

  • “H” = AVC encoding
  • “X” = HEVC encoding
  • ‘xxxx’ = file number
  • ‘zz’ = chapter number
GH011234.mp4 (first video)
GH021234.mp4 (2nd chapter of the same video)
Looping Video GHYYxxxx.mp4
GXYYxxxx.mp4

  • “H” = AVC encoding
  • “X” = HEVC encoding
  • ‘xxxx’ = file number
  • ‘YY’ = looped prefix
GHAA0001.mp4 (first video)
GHAA0002.mp4 (2nd chapter of the same video)

HD HERO2, HERO3, HERO3+, HERO (2014), HERO Session, HERO4, HERO5 Black, HERO5 Session

Recording Type Filename Example
Single Video

Single Photo

GOPRxxxx.mp4

GOPRxxxx.jpg

  • ‘xxxx’ = file number
GOPR1234.mp4

GOPR0002.jpg

Chaptered Video GPzzxxxx.mp4

  • ‘xxxx’ = file number
  • ‘zz’ = chapter number
GOPR1234.mp4 (first video)

GP011234.mp4 (1st chapter of the original video)

GP021234.mp4 (2nd chapter of the same video)

Burst

Time-Lapse Photo

Looping Video

Gyyyxxxx.jpg

  • ‘xxxx’ = file number
  • ‘yyy’ = group number
Burst shot (10x pics):

G0231111.jpg – G0231120.jpg

 

Time-lapse shot (100x pics):

G0241121.jpg – G0241221.jpg

3D Recording 3D_Lxxxx.mp4 (left camera)

3D_Rxxxx.mp4 (right camera)

  • ‘xxxx’ = file number
3D videos:

3D_L0002.mp4

3D_R0002.mp4

 

3D Photos:

3D_L1234.jpg

3D_R1234.jpg

  • ‘xxxx’ = DCF file number, from 0001-9999
  • ‘yyy’ = GoPro “group” number – a group denotes photos that are part of a “group”, such as burst photo shot or a time lapse shot.
  • ‘zz’ = GoPro “chapter” number, from 01-99 – this is the 2nd part of the same video that was forced to split due to file size or other restrictions.


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