The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 is a true hybrid mirrorless camera. In addition to the versatile still shooting modes, the G7 also supports recording 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) video with either 30p or 24p frames rates at 100Mbps in the MP4 format. Want to bring the 4K footage shot by Panasonic G7 4K MP4 to FCP X for professional posting workflow? A lot of people reflects that the Panasonic G7 4K MP4 imports and works pretty fine with FCP X, but they also highly claim that you must use a faster Mac computer. Therefore, for those people who happen to own a old Mac computer, how to get the best workflow of Panasonic G7 4K MP4 on this under powered Mac computer?
Work Panasonic G7 4K MP4 with FCP X on slow Mac computer
From Apple’s official page, we get the information that 4K resolution video editing is only available on Final Cut Pro X 10.1 version via HDMI on the following Mac computers:
– Mac Pro (Late 2013)
– MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013 and later)
The supported 4K resolutions are as follows. Note that not every 4K monitor will support both of these resolutions, and 4096 x 2160 is only supported via HDMI at 24fps.
4096 x 2160
3840 x 2160
Therefore, when you try to work Panasonic G7 4K MP4 video with FCP X on other slow Mac computer, your 4K video can easily freeze on the timeline. The main reason is that 4K video playback is very processor intensive, if your computer doesn’t equipped with a powerful CPU, it would be challenging task for it to handle 4K resolution video. Fortunately, Final Cut Pro X offers built-in feature that allow users to create Proxy media with small resolution for editing 4K video with FCP on even the most anemic of systems. The following part will show you the detailed steps to create Proxy media with FCP X.
Create Proxy media with FCP X
There are multiple ways to create Proxy media in Final Cut Pro X: You can do so upon initial media import, or you can do so after media is imported.
On the media import screen, you’ll see an option under the Transcoding section to create proxy media. Ensure that this option is checked to convert all imported videos to proxy media right after import.
The second way to create proxy media can be employed after media is imported. Simply right-click on the media that you wish to convert to proxy media, select Transcode Media and check the box next to Create proxy media and click OK. You can also create proxy media via the Info tab in the Inspector.
Tips: In Final Cut Pro, proxy media is converted to Apple’s ProRes 422 Proxy format.
Alternative way to create Proxy media
If you find above listed solution is a little complicated, here a simple alternative solution called Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (review) is highly recommended to you. The program can comprehensively generate 5 different types of Apple Prores formats including Apple Prores 422, Apple Prores 422 HQ, Apple Prores 422 Proxy and Apple Prores 422 LT. If you computer is old or slow, or you just want to do some rough editing, you can select to output “Apple Prores Proxy)(*.mov)”or “Apple Prores (LT)(*.mov)”format to save more space and bandwidth. However, if your computer are powerful enough to handle multicam and high-resolution video and you are going to do many effects editing work with FCP X, you’d better choose to output “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”or “Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)”for better performance.
Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac keeps constant update for the new Mac OS, therefore, feel free to install and download it on your Mac computer even if you have recently made an OS update. In addition, the program itself is quite simple to use, anyone can learn to use it in minutes. The result file with the program are high quality, you can’t tell the difference between the converted video and the original 4K video.
How to Creat Proxy Media from Panasonic G7 4K MP4 for FCP X Editing on Slow Mac Computer?
Step 1: Load Panasonic G7 4K MP4 video.
Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import Panasonic G7 4K MP4 video into the program.
Step 2: Choose output file format.
From “Format” drop-down options, here you can choose Final Cut Pro X best favorable Apple Prores editing codec. To smoothly edit 4K with FCP X on a underpowered Mac 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.
Tips: 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 FCP X on slow Mac computer.
Step 4: Start the conversion process.
After all the settings is over, go back to the main interface and hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to convert Panasonic G7 4K video to FCP X best compatible Apple Proxy format for editing smoothly on slow Mac computer.
When the conversion is completed, launch FCP X on your Mac computer to import converted video to FCP X for smooth editing workflow on slow Mac computer.
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