Summary: Assuming you have recorded 4K video on a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 camera, how can you get iMovie recognizing FZ1000 4K video? Our suggestion is, transcode Lumix FZ1000 4K video to Apple’s InterMediate Codec (AIC) before post-production. The AIC is iMovie’s native editing codec, which iMovie reads and handles very well.
“Hi, all, does anyone have any experience of Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 camera and iMovie workflow? I have just received my Panasonic FZ1000 camera the day before yesterday and everything is performing as expected, except there is no go when I importing the Lumix FZ1000 video to iMovie for basic editing. And yes I have other more robust video editing programs on my PC but I like the simplicity of iMovie so would like to use it. Does anyone know how to get around this and make iMovie read FZ1000 footage flawlessly? I don’t even mind paying for third party software. Thanks for any help.”
If you don’t mind carrying something a little bulky, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 feels like the right size for travel. The DMC-FZ1000 has excellent color accuracy, solid performance, action-ready shot-to-shot speed, and extraordinarily sharp 4K video (QFHD 4K: 3840 x 2160, 30 fps in MP4). Assuming you have recorded 4K video on this camera, how can you get iMovie recognizing FZ1000 4K video? Our suggestion is, transcode Lumix FZ1000 4K video to Apple’s InterMediate Codec (AIC) before post-production. The AIC is iMovie’s native editing codec, which iMovie reads and handles very well.
To do format conversion, please try out HD Video Converter for Mac. As the name implies, the HD Video Converter for Mac is a converter program designed for transcoding HD media, including camera and camcorder videos files to whatever format you need with best video and audio synchronization. It supported camera brands include Canon, Sony, JVC, Nikon, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Pentax, Red, Blackmagic, Sanyo, and so on. With this little tool, you are able to create editable files for NLEs like FCP X, FCP 6/7, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid MC, DaVinci Resolve, Premiere Pro CS 6, Sony Vegas, etc. and export playable files for iOS devices, Android devices, HD Media Players, Game consoles and more.
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Supported Panasonic LUMIX Compact Cameras:
DMC-FZ1000, DMC-GH4, DMC-FZ200, DMC-GH3, DMC-G6KK, DMC-GF6KK, DMC-G5KK, DMC-GM1KD, DMC-GX7KS, DMC-GH4U, etc.
Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 4K video incompatible with iMovie, what to do?
As mentioned above, to make FZ1000 4K video compatible with iMovie, you will need to convert its footage to AIC before post-production using HD Video Converter for Mac. To process format shifting, please follow these steps:
1. Install and run HD Video Converter for Mac as a Panasonic FZ1000 4K Video Converter for Mac. The main interface appears as below:
2. Click on ‘Add File’ to add your Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 4K video to the program.
3. Select output format for iMovie
To create editable files for iMovie, from the Profile list, choose ‘Apple InterMediateCodec (AIC) (*.mov) as output format from ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. Note that the AIC codec is also accepted by Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro (HD 4.5 through 5), but rarely used in Final Cut Pro as of Version 6 since it now uses the ProRes codecs instead of the Apple Intermediate Codec.
4. Click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ window to custom video and audio settings. (for advanced users)
5. When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 4K video to AIC – the best suited editing format for using within Apple iMovie’11, iMovie’9 and iMovie’8.
6. When the conversion process is done, click on ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC QuickTime files and open them in iMovie for post production.