What’s the best workflow for Panasonic VariCam 35 4K and Adobe Premiere? In this post, we will demonstrate the way of converting Panasonic VariCam 35 4K video to QuickTime MOV with ProRes/DNxHD codec for editing in Premiere CS4/CS5/CS6/CC directly and smoothly.
In our older posts, we’ve talked about how to transfer Panasonic VariCam 35 4K raw 120fps files to FCP7 and how to import VariCam 35 4K footage to Avid system. Here in this post, we would continue discussing how to work with Panasonic VariCam 35 4K video in Adobe Premiere version CS4, CS5, CS6 or the most recent PPro CC by transcoding them to an editing codec that is full compatible with Premiere.
HD Video Converter
Being a versatile video transcoder, this app is capable of reading a wide verity of file types (including camera footage) as input, including Full HD 1080p/1080i, HD 720p and SD video files in format of AVCHD, MTS, M2T, M2TS, TS, MXF, MKV, H.264, P2 MXF, AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, M4V, etc. as well as 4K XAVC, 4K XAVC S 4K MOV files, XDCAM, XDCAM HD, and XDCAM EX footage.
You can download a demo version (for both, PC and Mac) to have a try. They are not free but it is totally worth it.
Panasonic VariCam 35 4K Video Converter – convert Panasonic VariCam 35 4K files to QuickTime for editing in Premiere
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a Panasonic VariCam 35 4K Video Converter for Premiere. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Step 2: Choose output format for Premiere
1) To convert VariCam 35 4K media for editing in Adobe Premiere Mac version, from ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output. The ProRes codec is best suited for editing in FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and FCP 7. Additionally, the ProRes codec can also be imported to Premiere Pro and DaVinci Reslove for editing without a glitch.
Note: Only Mac version has the ‘Final Cut Pro’ profile.
2) For the purpose of converting VariCam 35 4K files for editing in Premiere Windows version, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
In addition to DNxHD and ProRes, you can also select ‘MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ option.
This method is also available when you want to edit VariCam 35 4K files in After Effects and Sony Vegas.
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 VariCam 35 4K footage to QuickTime 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 MOV files for use in Premiere or FCP and Avid with optimum performance.
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