Panasonic DMC-GH4, a new Lumix camera, as its predecessor records videos in AVCHD format. What’s more this 16-megapixel compact system camera stands at the top of the Panasonic range and its big selling feature is the 4K ultra-high-definition video recording in .MP4, .MOV format. According to my testing, the 4K video was restricted to shooting and editing in Final Cut Pro X, which handles 4K input and renders the output to 1080 HD. If you want to import Panasonic GH4 4k to FCP X, you will need to do some preparation before editing.
The reason that you can’t successfully ingest those Panasonic GH4 recorded 4K files to Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express, etc non-linear editing systems is simple. Currently the 4K footage is not widely supported yet, only a few video editing program like Final Cut Pro X can support it. In order to edit Panasonic DMC-GH4 4K MOV/MP4 files in FCP X smoothly, the easy workaround is to use 3rd-party to rewrap and convert Panasonic GH4 4K footage to a more “editable” format in 1080p.
How to convert Panasonic GH4 4K MP4/MOV to ProRes codec on Mac?
Step 1. Free download aPubsoft HD Video Converter for Mac
The aPubsoft HD Converter for Mac is a completely professional 4K video to FCP X converter. It provides lots of output format presets for 4K videos, such as Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422(HQ), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), and Apple ProRes 4444 for Final Cut Pro, AIC MOV for FCE (Final Cut Express) and iMovie, MP4 for Apple/Android devices, and more formats for better editing, playing, and burning.
Step 2. Add Panasonic DMC-GH4 4K video files
Install and run the Panasonic 4K Video to FCP X Converter on Mac. Click “Add File” button to import the Panasonic 4k .mov or .mp4 video files to the converter.
Step 3. choose ProRes as output format
Click “Profile” bar, and select “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format. Apple ProRes codec best codec for FCP X/6/7 editing.
Tip: You can click the “Settings” button to customize proper video/audio parameters – video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like.
Click “Convert” button, the Panasonic GH4 4K MOV/MP4 to ProRes Converter will start the Panasonic GH4 4K MOV/MP4 to Apple ProRes conversion on Mac immediately.
After Panasonic GH4 4K video to ProRes the conversion, click “Open Folder” button to get the generated video files, and import the converted files to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X for further editing on Mac.