Well, had a play with Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 yesterday. Nice bright sharp view finder and the 400mm equivalent lens is pretty good. And the headline feature of the Panasonic FZ1000 is that it can shoot 4K video(in .MP4 format). As you know, one vast advantage of 4K video, even in a world of lower display resolution, is the ability to crop, stabilize, or adjust for rotation in post, without IQ loss. What I eagerly want to know is Panasonic FZ1000 4K to FCP(X) workflow. Will Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 4K MP4 video be compatibility with Final Cut Pro(X)?
Well, according to my testing, the 4K video was restricted to editing in Final Cut Pro X, and the .MP4 format is not supported by FCP. If you want to import Panasonic FZ1000 4K MP4 to FCP X or FCP 6/7, we will need to do some preparation before editing. Since Apple ProRes Codec is the best editing video codec for Final Cur Pro, so we can convert Panasonic FZ1000 4K MP4 to ProRes 422, 4444 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.
How to convert Panasonic FZ1000 4K MP4 to ProRes 422/4444 for use in your FCP sequence.
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, and more formats for better editing, playing, and burning. This 4K Video Converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size the users want.
2. Add video clips > Install the program on Mac and run it. Drag the 4K .mp4 files from Panasonic FZ1000 to the software. It supports batch conversion and joining multiple video clips into one file.
3. Choose ProRes as output format > Click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov), Apple PreRes 4444(*.mov) as output format.
3. Advanced Settings > 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 FZ1000 4K workflow in FCP, you have keep the original video resolution.
4. Start Panasonic 4K to ProRes conversion > Hit the convert button to start transcoding Panasonic FZ1000 4k 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.