Issues editing GH5 1080/4K footage in Hitfilm 2017

How can I expect a smooth workflow between Panasonic GH5 footage and Hitfilm 2017? If you are getting stuck in editing GH5 video files in Hitfilm 2017, this post may shed you some light. It explains a workaround to transcode GH5 footage to DNxHD or ProRes for use in Hitfilm 2017 smoothly.
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GH5 MP4 video won’t show up picture in Hitfilm Pro 2017
“Hi there, I try to work with GH5 footage in my Hitfilm Pro 2017. Unfortunately, Hitfilm 2017 won’t show video, and it only plays audio. Has anyone else experienced the same issue in Hitfilm 2017? I have tried both 1080 and 4k at 10 bit 4:2:2 MP4 files. I can hear the audio and the video outline is there but it is transparent. I placed the video in VLC media player and it works fine. Is there anything I can do to solve the problem? Thanks for any help.”

The Lumix GH5 is the latest in the line of Panasonic’s top-of-the-range GH series of mirrorless cameras, which over the years have carved out a niche for themselves among videographers thanks to their breadth of movie-making features. The eye-catching feature on the GH5 is its ability to shoot 4K footage at up to 59.94p and 48p (or 50p if you’re shooting for PAL). The GH5 10-bit 4:2:2 codec is a new one that Hitfilm just might not support yet. To solve the issue, we would recommend converting the GH5 videos to DNxHD or ProRes codec before you start editing.

How to convert GH5 footage to DNxHD/ProRes for Hitfilm 2017?

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter
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Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a GH5 video to Hitfilm 2017 Converter.

Step 2: Click ‘Add File’ to import your source media to the program.
edit GH5 video in Hitfilm 2017

Step 3: Select output format
* If you are on a Windows PC, from the “Profile” bar, choose ‘Avid DNxHD 1080p (*.mov)’ as output under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column. (See the screenshot above)

** If you are on a Mac computer, choose ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target under ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue.
edit GH5 video in Hitfilm 2017

*** Note that this converter program can only output Apple ProRes and DNxHD video up to 1080p, if you want to preserve 4K quality of your source files, you need to select “4K Video” > “4K H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)” as target format. To export 4K files, please make sure your computer has enough power to process 4K. If not, simply select Apple ProRes or DNxHD as output format depending on your OS.
edit GH5 video in Hitfilm 2017

Step 4: Custom video and audio settings (for advanced users)
Click ‘Settings’ button, the ‘Profile Settings’ panel pops up, on which you are able to modify video and audio settings like resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel.

Step 5: When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding GH5 files to Hitfilm 2017 supported format. As soon as the conversion is complete, click ‘Open Folder’ button to locate the generated files and now you are able to open them in Hitfilm 2017 for further editing smoothly.

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