How to Import Panasonic DMC-G7 4K MP4 or AVCHD to FCP X/7 or Premiere Pro?

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is a true hybrid mirrorless camera that blends 4K UHD video with advanced still capture and burst shooting capabilities. Revolving around a 16 MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor and Venus Engine 9 image processor, the G7 features notable low-light sensitivity to ISO 25600, continuous shooting to 8 fps with single-shot AF, as well as a trio of 30 fps shooting rates based on the 4K UHD video recording.

“The panasonic Lumix G7 has a format called AVCHD which is it’s raw HD and 4k format. It has another 4k and HD format that is HD mp4 and 4k mp4. 1. My question is – can we bring AVCHD into fcpx and can we edit it? 2. Also, thoughts on having 1920x1080p footage in the same timeline with 4K footage or this 4k mp4 footage, or the HD mp4 footage and then exporting h264 or to youtube and vimeo?”

After recording some 4K materials or AVCHD videos using the LUMIX G7, most of you like to edit them with Final Cut Pro X/7/6 or Premiere Pro before uploading to YouTube or Vimeo. However, whenever you import the Panasonic DMC-G7 4K MP4 to Final Cut Pro X/7 or Premiere Pro to edit the movies, you will always have render problems. You’ll find the audio doesn’t import, the video is clunky and choppy. Sometimes the video plays upside down and every time you make a minor change you have to render again, which takes forever!

Basically the problem is that the native record format that the LUMIX G7 uses isn’t a codec that plays well together with FCP x/7 or or Premiere Pro. The LUMIX G7 records in MPEG-4 and outputs its files as .MP4 files (the container). Files are compressed using the h.264 codec (as opposed to AAC or Xvid and DivX usually found in .AVI containers). So the files you are getting out of the LUMIX G7 are suited to be delivered as is, which is usually not what you want. Luckily, there is an easy to fix the issue – Using UFUSoft Video Converter for Mac to transcode Panasonic DMC-G7 4K MP4 or AVCHD into a more editing-friendly format, such a Final Cut Pro X/7’s ProRes, Premiere Pro’s mpg. This tutorial will show you just how to do just that.

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Transcoding Panasonic DMC-G7 4K MP4 or AVCHD for editing in Final Cut Pro X/7 or Premiere Pro

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

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Step 2. Click Format bar and decide output format:

a. For editing 4K MP4 or AVCHD in Final Cut Pro X/7, click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format.

4K MP4 or AVCHD in Final Cut Pro X/7

b. To import 4K MP4 or AVCHD to Adobe Premiere Pro, just choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas -> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output 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 or AVCHD to Apple ProRes/MPEG-2 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 X/7 or Premiere Pro for editing easily without any problem. After editing with Final Cut Pro X/7 or Premiere Pro, you can upload the edited videos to YouTube or Vimeo for sharing.