You may find Final Cut Pro won’t import 4K MP4 files from Panasonic DMC-G7 smoothly. The easy workaround is to transcode the DMC-G7 4K MP4 to FCP more “edit” friendly codec – Apple ProRes. Here is how.
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G7 has been updated to record stunningly smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K video in 3840*2160 at 30p or 24p in MP4 in addition to the Full-HD 1,920 * 1,080 60p video in AVCHD Progressive or MP4 (MPEG-4 / H.264) format, as well as HD and SD resolutions. After recording some 4K material using the LUMIX G7, most of you like to edit them before uploading to YouTube or posting them on Facebook. However, whenever you import the Panasonic DMC-G7 4K MP4 to Final Cut 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. 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 – transcoding Panasonic DMC-G7 4K MP4 into a more editing-friendly format, such a Final Cut Pro’s ProRes. This tutorial will show you just how to do just that.
First of all, free download the app – Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac
Overall, the program is an easy-to-use yet all-in-one video conversion app which can be used under Mac OS X El Capitan(10.11), Yosemite(10.10), Mavericks(10.9), Mountain Lion(10.8), Snow Leopard(10.6), Lion(10.7) and more. It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode the LUMIX G7 MP4 to Apple ProRes encoded MOV files, which will create a FCP friendly file format keeping the original quality. Besides Final Cut Pro, the software can also export Apple Intermediate Codec for iMovie, DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Sony Vegas, Premiere Element, AVI for Pinnacle Studio and more for native editing. Just get the program and follow the step-by-step guide to get the work done.
Converting Panasonic DMC-G7 4K MP4 to Final Cut Pro
Step 1. Load LUMIX G7 videos to the program
Install and run the iPhone Video to FCP Converter on your Mac, then run it. Click on “Add”, and browse your files; select all the LUMIX G7 .mp4 files you wanna convert. If you want to combine all the files together for easy importing to FCP, please tick the box “Merge into one” on the main interface.
Step 2. Choose ProRes as output format
Click the “Format” bar and select Final Cut Pro > Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format.
Tip: Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and more.
Step 3. Start conversion
After all necessary settings, hit the convert button to start the LUMIX G7 MP4 video to ProRes conversion on Mac OS X. Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click Open to get the output videos. Create a project and start editing Panasonic DMC-G7 4K video in Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X with ease.