Workflow of Panasonic Lumix GX8 4K Video with iMovie/FCE/FCP

Diana Joan

Sep 23, 2015 08:35 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GX8 is its latest enthusiast-targeted Micro Four Thirds model. It takes many of its features from the GX7 that it surely replaces but builds them into a much more substantial body. The camera is capable of capturing both 4K photo and 4K video. The 4K photos function can be used in three different modes, all allowing to capture that perfect moments at a high burst rate of 30 frames/photos per second. While 4K video deliveries a far more intensive viewing experience that is four times larger than Full HD, resulting in a much higher level of detail.

Panasonic Lumix GX8

The 4K UHD video is recorded with a resolution of 3840*2160 in MP4 format, a final delivery lossy video format that is not suitable for editing in NLE video editing software like iMovie, Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro. In addition, it is also a hassle for video editing program to handle 4K video due to its large file size. To have a smooth workflow of 4K MP4 video with NLE editing programs, the recommend solution is to convert Panasonic Lumix GX8 4K MP4 to iMovie/FCE/FCP most compatible editing codec.

Here, you can download Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac to encode Lumix GX8 MP4 to Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) for importing with iMovie or FCE, Apple Prores Codec for FCP 6/7 or FCP X. The 4K MP4 files recorded with Panasonic Lumix GX8 will require a lot of computer CPU and GPU power to handle it, you can get a fast and fluid post workflow by compressing 4K to 1080p in the "Profile Settings" window of the program.

How to transcode and import Panasonic Lumix GX8 4K MP4 to iMovie/FCE/FCP?

Step 1: Add Panasonic Lumix GX8 4K MP4 files.

Launch the program on your computer, add Lumix GX8 4K MP4 files to the program by clicking the "Add Video" or "Add folder" button.

Add Panasonic Lumix GX8 4K MP4 video

Step 2: Choose output file format.

From "Format" drop-down option, choose the output format according to your own preference, for iMovie or FCE editing, select "iMovie and Final Cut Ex..." >"Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov) to output, for FCP editing, choose "Final Cut Pro" >"Apple Prores 422(*.mov)" to output.

Set output file format

1.When converting video to Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.
2.If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.

Step 3: Customize output video and audio settings.

Open "Profile Settings" window to adjust output video and audio parameter settings according to your own preference. For smooth workflow of Lumix GX8 4K video with NLE programs, you are recommended to downscale 4K MP4 video to 1080p from "Size(pix)" drop-down selection.

Step 4: Start the conversion process.

After all the setting is over, go back to the main interface and hit right-bottom "Convert" button to start Panasonic Lumix GX8 4K MP4 video to iMovie/FCE/FCP conversion process.

When the conversion is completed, following the guides below to import Panasonic Lumix GX8 video to iMovie/FCE/FCP individually.
How to media files to iMovie?
Import Video Files to FCP X and Log & Transfer Files to FCP 6/7

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