Import and edit Panasonic GH4 4K MOV/MP4 in Avid MC

Came upon issues importing and editing Panasonic GH4 4K MOV/MP4 footage in Avid Media Composer? If so, you may wish to read this post. It displays a workaround to transcode GH4 4K MOV/MP4 recordings to DNxHD .mov for use in Avid MC with optimum performance.
editing Panasonic GH4 4K MOV/MP4 footage in Avid
Question about editing Panasonic GH4 4K MP4 in Avid MC7
“Hi, guys, I have a new Panasonic DMC-GH4 camera and currently use Avid MC7.0.2 to edit my video recordings. I have filmed some 4k (4096×2160 at 24p) footage in MP4 format. When I’m trying to load the footage into MC7, the MP4 files come up with the message “wrong format”. Does Avid MC7 not support GH4 4K footage? If so, is there any workaround to go through this issue? Please suggest a solution. Thanks.”

The Panasonic DMC-GH4 records 4K videos to truly meet the needs of amateurs as well as professionals. If for whatever reason you are unable to work with Panasonic GH4 4K MOV/MP4 media in Avid Media Composer smoothly, we would recommend transcoding them to another format that is best suitable for use in Avid system, such as DNxHD, Avid’s favorite editing codec, which Avid will recognize and handle well. To process format conversion, third party converter software is required. Considering the ease of use and excellent output quality, we would suggest HD Video Converter. Read on to find a quick guide on how to convert GH4 4K MOV/MP4 video files to DNxHD .mov for Avid editing.

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter
You can download a demo version (for both, Mac and Windows) to have a try. They are not free but it is totally worth it.
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[Guide] How to convert GH4 4K MOV/MP4 footage to DNxHD for Avid system?

The steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a GH4 4K Video Converter for Avid. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
GH4 4K Video Converter for Avid

Step 2: Choose output format for Avid MC
From ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
GH4 4K MOV/MP4 to DNxHD MOV Conversion
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Start GH4 4K MOV/MP4 to DNxHD MOV Conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported DNxHD MOV files for use in Avid apps with optimum performance.

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