Panasonic HC-X1 4K Workflow with FCP X/Adobe Premiere/iMovie

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Panasonic HC-X1 4K Ultra HD Professional Camcorder. Featuring a large 1″-type 4K sensor, the HC-X1 is capable of recording video in DCI (4096×2160) as well as UHD (3840×2160) 4K resolutions. It offers us a wide choice for video recording format in MOV, MP4 and AVCHD. If you want to edit Panasonic HC-X1 4K footage, you may find the Ultra HD video files in MP4 are not recognized by most editing software like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, etc. So, how to ingest Panasonic HC-X1 4K raw footage to FCP X/7/Adobe Premiere Pro? Is there a software can do the job?

As far as we know, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 used in Panasonic HC-X1 is not an ideal editing format for NELs. What’s more, Final Cut Pro 7 and Premiere Pro like many editors prefer 1080p as primary delivery format. Hence, the most effective way to import Panasonic X1000 4K to Final Cut Pro X/7/Premiere is to convert HC-X1 4K MP4  or MOV to FCP/Adobe PP most compatible format(1080p would be the best settings.) under Mac OS X. It saves you both time and trouble, and all you need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing.

The workflow will be based on UFUSoft Video Converter for Mac, a professional Mac UHD 4K video converter, player and editor. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Panasonic HC-X1 4K video to various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer and more. And there is no need to worry about the quality loss. This Ultra HD Video Converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size the users want. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

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Converting Panasonic HC-X1 4K footage to FCP/Premiere compatible video

Step 1. Launch the 4K file converter and click add button to import Panasonic 4k clips to the program for converting.

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Step 2. Click “Format” bar to choose the output format. You can freely choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) for editing Panasonic HC-X1 4K in FCP 7/6 or Final Cut Pro X;

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To import Panasonic HC-X1 4K MP4 or MOV to Premiere, Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg) is the target format.

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Step 3. Click the Settings button; you can recommended to set the video size, bit rate, fame rate, etc. Here you are recommended to set the video size as 1920*1080 since Adobe Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6/CC7, Final Cut Pro 6/7 can’t support raw 4K video well.

Step 4. Hit the Convert button to start the conversion; it will convert Panasonic HC-X1 4K MP4/MOV to FCP/Premiere Pro friendly format on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, click the Open button to get the converted Panasonic HC-X1 videos for further editing with FCP X/7, Adobe Premiere Pro smoothly.