I fell in love with the Panasonic DMC-GH4 after seeing what it could do. The adaptability of the camera is what really sets it aside from other cameras. The headline feature of the Panasonic GH4 is that it’s a Micro Four Thirds camera that can shoot 4K video(in .MP4, .MOV format) for under $2000, capturing either Quad HD (3840 x 2160) at up to 29.97p or ‘Cinema 4K’ (4096 x 2160) at up to 24p.
If you recorded some videos by Panasonic GH4, you may like editing the 4K videos on Mac. Of course, Final Cut Pro is your best choice. With this professional Mac editing software, you can do anything as you want. But, we can’t import Panasonic GH4 4K videos to FCP directly due to the codec incompatibility. As we know, Apple ProRes Codec is the best editing video codec for Final Cur Pro, so we can convert Panasonic GH4 4K MOV/MP4 to Apple ProRes codec(1080p would be the best settings.), which will save you both time and trouble, and all you need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing.
The following guide tells you how to convert Panasonic GH4 4K MP4/MOV to ProRes 422 codec for use in your FCP sequence.
Step 1, download Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac > Overall, this program is a completely professional 4K video to FCP converter, player and editor. Unlike some free video converters, it provides hundreds 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 any mobile or PC video players, and more formats for better editing, playing, and burning. This Ultra HD Video Converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size the users want.
Step 2, add video clips > Install the program on Mac and run it. Drag the 4K .mov, .mp4 files from Panasonic Gh4 to the software. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.
Step 3, choose ProRes as output format > Click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format.
Tip: Advanced Settings > You can click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like. As far as I know Final Cut Pro 6/7 and even the Final Cut Pro X like many editors use 1080p as primary delivery format and will continue to do so for a long time. 1080p would be the best settings. Of course, if you wanna get a 4K workflow in FCP, you have keep the original video resolution.
Step 4, start 4K video to ProRes conversion > Hit the convert button to start transcoding Panasonic GH4 4k MOV/MP4 to ProRes on Mac OS X(Mavericks included). After the conversion, click Open to get the output videos. reate a project, make an event, drag the files to the event folder and start editing with light speed in FCP 6/7/X.