The long awaited Panasonic GH5 standouts with news features including 4K internal recording at both 10 bit 4:2:2 up to 30fps (24 and 25p are also supported) and also 4K/60p recording (however this is at the more compressed 8bit 4:2:0) in MP4 or MOV container file format with the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC compression codec. For Final Cut Pro 7 or X users, when the shooting is completed, you may wish to load the 4K footage into Final Cut Pro 7/X for some professional post editing workflow, the following article will show you how to smoothly load the Panasonic GH5 4K Video into FCP X/7.
Can Final Cut Pro 7/X handle GH5 4K Video?
This question should be answered in two aspects: Whether Final Cut Pro 7/X handle 4K video or Final Cut Pro 7/X handle GH5 4K video?
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
From above listed information, we can conclude that you will have no chance to edit 4K video on the previous version of Final Cut Pro X 10.1 such as Final Cut Pro 7. In addition, sometimes, even if Final Cut Pro X can handle 4K resolution video, however, if you try to edit 4K video with FCP X on a slow Mac computer, you may find that the 4K video playback very choppy on the timeline. Therefore, if you wish to smoothly work 4K video with Final Cut Pro 7 or handle 4K video with Final Cut Pro X on slow Mac computer, it would be much ideal for you to compress 4K to 1080p or directly create Proxy files with Final Cut Pro X.
As for the second question, after searching for Final Cut Pro X supported file formats, we get the answer that both Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X can handle the H.264 MP4 video recorded by Panasonic GH5, however, it is well known that H.264 is just a delivery file format but not an ideal editing format, therefore, if you try to directly load the H.264 video into Final Cut Pro 7/X, you will start to lose image quality as you do color correction or composite gradients to create greenscreen keys. There just isn’t a lot of room to work.
Compress and Transcode Panasonic GH5 4K with FCP 7/X
To get the best workflow of GH5 H.264 video with Final Cut Pro X or 7, it would be much ideal for you to transcode GH5 H.264 to FCP 7/X best favorable Apple Prores editing format. Here, you can get the job easily completed with a program called Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac. Which has perfect support for both the 4K H.264 MP4 and MOV container file format recorded by Panasonic GH5. The program can facilitate you to directly output FCP 7/X most favorable Apple Prores codec in various different file types including Apple Prores 422, Apple Prores 422 HQ, Apple Prores 422 Proxy and Apple Prores 422 LT. If you are running a slow Mac computer, you can take good advantage of Apple Prores 422 Proxy and Apple Prores 422 LT to create small file resolution video for smooth post editing workflow. 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. For Final Cut Pro 7 users, you can choose to compress 4K to 1080p in the program’s profile settings window.
Pavtube iMedia 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 operating system update. In addition, the program itself is quite simple to use, anyone can learn to use it in minutes. The result file produced with the program are pretty high quality, you can’t tell the difference between the converted video and the original 4K video.
How to Compress and Transcode GH5 4K Video for Final Cut Pro X/7 Editing?
Step 1: Load Panasonic GH5 4K video.
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 Final Cut Pro X/7 best compatible Apple Prores editing format. If your computer is powerful enough to handle 4K video, it would be much ideal for you to choose “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)” or “”Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)” for high quality performance on Final Cut Pro X.
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 FCP 7.
Step 4: Start the conversion process.
Go back to the main interface, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to convert and compress GH5 4K video to Final Cut Pro 7/X best favorable Apple Prores format with compatible file resolution.
When the conversion is completed, feel free to import video to Final Cut Pro 7/X for professional post-production workflow on either powerful or slow computer.