The Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 is an exceptionally capable video camera which supports internal recording at 4K 60/50p (4:2:0 8bit) & 4K 30/25p/24p (4:2:2 10bit). The 4K video is wrapped in either a MOV or MP4 container compression with H.264 codec. For Premiere Pro users, when the shooting is completed, you can load the 4K video footage into Premiere Pro for some professional post editing, the following article will show you how to get the best workflow of GH5 4K with Premiere Pro CC/CS6.
Can Premiere Pro CC/CS6 handle GH5 4K video?
Both Premiere Pro CC and CS6 has the ability to handle 4K resolution video, however, compared to CS6, Premiere Pro CC is a better option for editing 4K video, since Adobe have been adding support for new 4K formats and 4K new export options for Premier Pro CC but this will not be included in CS6 as it was last updated 2 years ago. As for the 4K H.264 video recorded by GH5, from Premiere Pro CC supported file formats lists, we get the information that both Premiere Pro CC and CS6 have native import support for GH5 4K H.264 video. Nevertheless, people still encounter problem they try to edit GH5 4K video on slow computer or directly load GH5 4K H.264 video into Premiere Pro CC/CS6 on powerful Mac computer, the following article will show you how to fix them one by one.
Work GH5 4K video with Premiere Pro CC/CS6 on slow computer
If you try to directly playback 4K video with Premiere Pro CC/CS6 on a slow computer, you will only find that the video skips and jumps, make it virtually impossible to edit with any real finesse. Perhaps you can spend more money to buy a new powerful computer, but that isn’t always possible. The good news is that you still have the chance to edit 4K video or even other high resolution video with Premiere Pro CC since the latest Premiere Pro CC 2015.3 now provides an incredibly powerful proxy workflow that makes editing of 4K media a breeze. You can read this article to create Proxy files with Premiere Pro CC in small resolution for smooth editing workflow on underpowered computer.
However, this feature is not available on Premiere Pro CS6 or previous version.
Edit GH5 4K H.264 with Premiere Pro CC/CS6 with powerful computer
If you happen to own a powerful computer that meet the minimum requirements to play and edit 4K video, you can get a high performance of workflow of 4K video on Premiere Pro CC/CS6. However, if you try to directly load the GH5 4K H.264 video into Premiere Pro CC/CS6, you can easily encounter the following issues:
– Slow searching for and decoding of frames
– Frame-accuracy problems
– Crashing or freezing
– Strange artifacts or blocking on your video
– Error messages or displaying black video
The main reason is that H.264 is a good inter-frame delivery file format, but not a good editing format. To fix this issue, it would be much ideal for you to convert H.264 to one of Premiere Pro CC/CS6 compatible intra-frame video editing format such as DV or Apple Prores formats.
Transcode GH5 4K H.264 for best editing workflow of Premiere Pro CC/CS6
To get the job easily done, you can download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (review), which helps to directly to convert GH5 4K H.264 to Premiere Pro CC/CS6 favorable intra-frame editing formats DV or Apple Prores formats in various types including Apple Prores 422, Apple Prores 422 HQ, Apple Prores 422 Proxy and Apple Prores 422 LT. For Premiere Pro CS6 users, you can take good advantage of the small resolution file Apple Prores 422 Proxy or Apple Prores 422 LT created by the program for smooth editing workflow of 4K video with Premiere Pro CS6 on slow computer.
Edit GH5 4K with built-in video editing function
Don’t want to move the whole video clip into Premiere Pro CC/CS6 for post editing, never mind, you can use the program’s built-in trim function to cut off unwanted parts. If there are blackbars around the video frame, you can use the crop function to remove them off. In addition, you can also add external subtitle to the video.
For your convenience, the program is available on both Windows (get Windows version) and Mac platform. In addition, the program has perfect compatibility with the new Windows 10 and macOS Sierra 10.12. Unlike other lower quality conversion tool on the market, the program is very safe and clean, it doesn’t feature any any ads or bundled adware. What’s more, the quality of the converted video is pretty high quality, you can’t tell the difference between the result file and the original source video.
How to Convert GH5 4K for Premiere Pro CC/CS6 for Best Editing Workflow?
Step 1: Load GH5 4K video into the program.
Open the program, click “File” menu, from its drop-down option, select “Add Video/Audio” to load GH5 4K video to the program.
Step 2: Define the output format.
Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, you can choose one of Premiere Pro CC/CS6 compatible Intra-frame editing format such as Apple Prores format. If your computer is powerful enough to handle 4K video, it would be ideal for you to choose “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)” or “”Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)” for high quality performance on Premiere Pro CS6.
If you have a underpowered computer, it is ideal for you to output “Apple Prores 422(Proxy)(*.mov)” or “Apple Prores 422(LT)(*.mov)” format.
Step 3: Adjust output file resolution.
Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, under video section, adjust output video resolution as “1920*1080″ or smaller resolution for smooth editing 4K video with Premiere Pro CC on slow Mac computer.
Step 4: Trim/Crop/Add subtitle to 4K files.
Select an item on the main interface to activate the “Video Editor” function, in the opened “Video Editor” window, you can trim or cut off 4K video length, crop to remove black frame or insert external subtitle to it.
Step 5: Start the conversion process.
Go back to the main interface, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to convert GH5 4K video to Premiere Pro CC/CS6 best favorable 4K editing formats.
When the conversion is completed, feel free to import video to Premiere Pro CC for professional post-production workflow on either powerful or slow computer.