How to Import Panasonic GH4 4K footage in FCP, iMovie, Premiere and Avid

The article outlines how to ingest 4K footage from Panasonic GH4 to Final Cut Pro 7, iMovie, Adobe Premiere and Avid Media Composer for smoothly editing.

The Lumix GH4 is Panasonic’s new flagship mirrorless camera, and the first of its kind to offer 4k video recording. It can capture either Quad HD (3840 x 2160) at up to 29.97p or ‘Cinema 4K’ (4096 x 2160) at up to 24p. Overall, the GH4 gains gain great respect for its 4K ability as a stills camera. The point here, you will find it a painful experience to edit GH4 4K footage in non-linear editing systems (NLEs). Yeah, with every new camera, come many new questions about workflow. The term “workflow” can be fairly broad, but today I will show you an easy way to import Panasonic GH4 4K to Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro 7, Avid Media Composer and iMovie for further editing.

The easy workaround to work GH4 4K with FCP, Premiere, Avid and iMovie is to transcode GH4 4K footage to a more editing-friendly format. The process is surprisingly easy and can be done with the help of Brorsoft 4K Video Converter for Mac (or 4K Video Converter for Windows). The program can effortlessly encode/re-encode 4K H.264(MP4), XAVC, XAVC S, etc footage to advanced encoders like Apple Intermediate Codec, ProRes, MPEG-2, DNxHD etc.x to seamlessly fit for iMovie/FCE, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and more. Just download it and keep reading for a brief how-to on each process.

Download the 4K Video Converter:


How to import Panasonic GH4 footage into FCP, Premiere, Avid and iMovie

Step 1. Add raw 4K files

Run the program you just set up. Drag and drop GH4 4K video files to the converter. You can also hit Add files button to import videos to the app. If you wanna combine several videos into one file, you can click the “Merge into one” box.

Step 2. Choose output format

1) For Final Cut Pro, click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format.

2) For Adobe Premiere Pro, just choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas -> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format.

3) For Avid Media Composer, just choose Avid Media Composer->Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format.

4) For iMovie, just choose iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov).

Step 3. Start converting 4K footage

Finally, click convert and your files will be converted into editable files ready to be imported into FCP, Premiere, Avid and iMovie.

You’re done!

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