Import and edit Panasonic HC-VX870K 4K MP4 video in iMovie

If you are looking for a smooth workflow between Panasonic HC-VX870K 4K footage and iMovie, you may wish to read this post. It presents a workaround to transcode HC-VX870K 4K MP4 video to iMovie preferred Apple InterMediate Codec for fluent editing.
Panasonic HC-VX870K 4K and iMovie
The HC-VX870K is the first 4K Ultra HD consumer camcorder offered by Panasonic. 4K has 4 times the resolution of Full HD, and is about the same resolution as the 4K projector in your local movie theater. The HC-VX870 shoots 4K video at 8 megapixels (3840 x 2160) per frame, vs. 2 megapixels (1920 x 1080) of Full HD. With the industry transitioning to 4K TVs, this camcorder will future proof your videos to look spectacular on these TVs. But if you are trying to edit HC-VX870K 4K MP4 files in iMovie, you may find it’s not as easy as handling HD media.

To be able to work with HC-VX870K 4K files in iMovie smoothly, we would recommend transcoding them to an intermediate format that is best suitable for use in iMovie, such as Apple’s InterMediate Codec, which iMovie will recognize and handle well. Read on to find a step-by-step guide on how to convert HC-VX870K 4K files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing.

[Guide] How to encode Panasonic HC-VX870K 4K MP4 video to AIC .mov for use in iMovie smoothly?

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter for Mac
transcode HC-VX870K 4K MP4 to iMovie

The steps:
Step 1: Open up HD Video Converter for Mac as a Panasonic HC-VX870K 4K Converter for iMovie. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
work with HC-VX870K 4K in iMovie

Step 2: Select output format for iMovie
To convert Panasonic HC-VX870K 4K MP4 video files for iMovie, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. This codec is also suitable for use in the discontinued FCE.
Panasonic HC-VX870K 4K MP4 to AIC 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 (optional)
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: Begin Panasonic HC-VX870K 4K MP4 video files to AIC MOV Conversion on Mac
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files for editing in iMovie with optimum performance.
If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Shut down computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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