Encoding Panasonic GH4 4K to Premiere Pro for native editing

Published on by Chris King

Adobe Premiere Pro won’t import 4K videos from Panasonic GH4. The easy workaround is to transcode Panasonic GH4 4K to Premiere Pro natively supported format in optimal settings. Here is a quick-stare guide. 

Encoding Panasonic GH4 4K to Premiere Pro for native editing

I bought a Panasonic GH4 and I’m a little lost with the workflow. I’ve recorded some 4K footage with GH4 and I’m wondering how to import Panasonic GH4 4K to Premiere Pro for further editing. Fortunately, some tips and tricks for Panasonic GH4 4K to Adobe Premiere best workflow are listed online. I’ve picked out the best and easiest way to edit GH4 4K clips in Premiere Pro. Share with all the GH4 owners.

As you see, Panasonic GH4 captures 4K videos in MP4, MOV format. But the problem is, H.264 MP4/MOV file format from Panasonic GH4 is beyond the compatibility of Adobe Premiere Pro. Something else, Premiere Pro CS6, CC 7 can (usually) handle 4K files without much problem, but it is extremely hardware intensive. In most cases, editing 4K in Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5 is very taxing on your computer. In order to work Panasonic GH4 4K footage in Adobe Premiere smoothly, a better way is to transcode Panasonic GH4 4K to a more “edit” friendly codec and 1080p would be the best settings.

The following paragraphs show you how to edit Panasonic GH4 4K footage with Premiere Pro without bogging down your computer. The process is surprisingly easy and can be done with the help of Brorsoft 4K Video Converter for Mac.

Overall, this video conversion program can effortlessly encode/re-encode 4K H.264(MP4/MOV), XAVC, XAVC S, etc footage for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, FCE and more. If you work 4K files in Adobe Premiere Pro on Windows PC, please turn to 4K Video Converter to solve the issues.

1. load GH4 4K footage Run the program you just set up. Drag and drop the 4K video files to the converter. You can also hit Add files button to import videos to the app. In the right window, you can preview your videos.

2. Choose output format Click "Format" bar and choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas -> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format for editing Panasonic GH4 4K in Adobe Premiere Pro with natively supported video codec.

Tip: If the default settings do not fit you requirement, you can click “Settings” icon to and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. 1080p would be the best settings(Learn how to downscale Panasonic GH4 4K to 1080p). Of course, if you wanna get Panasonic 4K workflow in Adobe Premiere Pro, you have keep the original video resolution.

3. Start Panasonic 4K to MPEG-2 conversion Hit the convert button to start converting Panasonic GH4 4K MP4/MOV to MPEG-2 on Mac OS X(Yosemite included). After the conversion, you can get the resulted videos from output folder for easier editing in Premier Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4.

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