Editing Panasonic DMC-G7 4K video in FCP/Premiere/Avid MC

Summary: Want to open and edit Panasonic DMC-G7 4K footage in FCP, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer while facing import problems. Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix the issue. Let's find it out here.

Over the holiday weekend we spent some time shooting with Panasonic's newest mirrorless camera, the Lumix DMC-G7. It supports 4K UHD video with advanced still capture and burst shooting capabilities. While enjoying the stunning HD image quality, many folks are having problems when importing Panasonic DMC-G7 4K into FCP/Premiere/Avid MC. If you're in such a situation, you can read on the article to learn more, which mainly shows you how to get Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro to work perfectly with Panasonic DMC-G7 4K videos.

The reason that you can't successfully ingest those recorded 4K footage from Panasonic G7 to your non-linear editing systems is simple. Currently, there's actually no way to edit a 4K project in Final Cut Pro(before FCP X 10.1.), Adobe Premiere(even Premiere Pro CS6, CC), Avid natively. And the MP4 format from DMC-G7 is not well supported by FCP, Premiere, Avid MC. In order to edit Panasonic DMC-G7 4K MP4 files smoothly, the easy workaround is to use 3rd-party to rewrap and convert 4K footage a more "editable" format.

First you need to download Brorsoft 4K Video Converter for Mac, a powerful high-quality 4K video converter, player and editor on Mac OS X. The program can effortlessly encode/re-encode 4K MP4, XAVC, XAVC S, etc footage to advanced encoders like Apple ProRes, Apple Intermediate Codec, MPEG-2, DNxHD, etc. to seamlessly fit for Final Cut Pro, iMovie/FCE, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and more. For working 4K videos on Windows PC, you can turn to Brorsoft Video Converter. Just download it and keep reading for a brief how-to on each process.

Transcoding Panasonic DMC-G7 4K for editing in FCP, Avid and Premiere Pro

Step 1. Run the best 4K file converter on your Mac and load .4k mp4 clips to it by clicking “Add” button. The software supports batch conversion, so you can import several videos to it one time.

Step 2. Click Format bar and decide output format:

a. For editing 4K in Final Cut Pro, click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format.

b. To import 4K to Adobe Premiere Pro, just choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas -> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format.

c. To edit 4K video in Avid MC, you are recommended to choose “Avid Media Composer -> DNxHD (*.mov)” as the target format.

Step 3: You can tap "settings" to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate as you want.

Step 4: Click Conversion button to start transcoding Panasonic DMC-G7 4K MP4 to Apple ProRes/MPEG-2/DNxHD on Mac OS X.

After the conversion finished, you can click “open” button to find the output file. Then you can import the converted Panasonic DMC-G7 files into FCP/Premiere/Avid MC for editing easily without any problem.

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