How can I import Panasonic Lumix GX8 4K MP4/AVCHD footage to FCP X? For a fast and fluid workflow, you may need to transcode GX8 4K MP4/AVCHD video to ProRes 422 codec. Check this short tutorial on how to do this.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is a sleek, compact mirrorless camera enabling versatile, multimedia recording. In addition to the versatile still shooting modes, the GX8 also includes 4K video recording capabilities. It offers 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) resolution at 30p or 24p (25 and 24p in PAL regions) at 100 Mbps in the MP4 format. The GX8, of course, also offers additional video resolutions including 1080/60p at up to 28Mbps. Additional video feature include a choice of MP4 and AVCHD recording formats, 4:2:2 8-bit HDMI output at up to 4K resolution, though without simultaneous internal recording of 4K video, and unlimited video recording (though European countries are still limited to 29:59 minutes).
If you have whatever issues editing GX8 4K MP4/AVCHD footage in FCP X, we would recommend transcode them to a format that is best suitable for use in FCP X, such as ProRes 422. Read on to learn a quick guide on how to convert GX8 4K MP4/AVCHD to ProRes 422 for FCP X.
[Guide] How to encode GX8 4K MP4/AVCHD video files to ProRes 422 for FCP X editing?
Download, install and run HD Video Converter for Mac, then follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional GX8 4K/AVCHD to ProRes 422 Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP X
From the ‘Profile’ list, move to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format. Apple ProRes is the best suited editing codec for FCP X. When loading them into Final Cut Pro X, you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
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: Adjust video and audio settings (for advanced users)
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: Click ‘Convert’ to start GX8 4K MP4/AVCHD video files to ProRes conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro X with optimum performance.
To import the transcoded files into Final Cut Pro X. navigate to File > Import > Media. In the window that comes up select your transcoded ProRes clips. DO NOT check “Create Optimized Media” OR “Create Proxy Media”. Both of these check boxes are unnecessary because we already converted the media to ProRes which means Final Cut Pro X can use the footage without “optimizing” it. Checking this box would create a redundant and time consuming second transcode of your footage.
You’re now ready to edit!
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