From this article, you can learn the best way to import Panasonic Lumix G7 video into Avid Media Composer (5.5/6.0/6.5/7) by transcoding 4K MP4 and 1080P AVCHD to Mac and Windows Avid MC editing software supported video format.
The G7 is the first G-series camera to shoot 4K videos. Although this capability isn’t new to Panasonic cameras, the G7 is the first to introduce 4K Photo mode. With 4K video, it’s possible to extract an 8-megapixel still. This is useful for action shots, because it lets you record the scene without having to worry about when to press the shutter button; once you’re done shooting, you can go back and find the shot you want (you can do that with a Full HD 1080p video, but, depending on the quality, the most you’ll get is a 2-megapixel photo). On the memory card, all you’ll see are 4K videos saved in MPEG-4 format. You can use Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom to extract stills in the meantime, but you don’t get any of the metadata.
Actually, currently 4K MP4, 1080/60p or 1080/50p footage is a very non-standard format and it’s unsupported in Avid Media Composer.So if we want to edit Panasonic DMC-G7 4K MP4, 1080p AVCHD files in Avid smoothly, the easy workaround is to use 3rd-party conversion tool to rewrap and convert Panasonic G7 footage to a more “editable” format in 1080p for Avid MC.
Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which is an easy-to-use yet professional 4k Video Converter in Mac OS X. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Panasonic DMC-G7 4K video clips or 1080p AVCHD to DNxHD encoded MOV files, which will create an Avid MC friendly file format keeping the original quality. Besides Avid, this software can also export MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie and more NLE systems for native editing. If you meet the 4k issues on Windows, please get Video Converter. Download it and follow the guide to convert Panasonic G7 footage to DNxHD.
Download the Panasonic 4K MP4/1080p AVCHD Converter:
Guide: Trancoding Panasonic 4k MP4 or 1080p AVCHD files to Avid Media Composer
Step 1: Load Panasonic G7 media
Install and launch the Panasonic MP4/AVCHD to Avid MC converter. Click Add button to load individual videos for converting.
Step 2: Decide output format
You just need to go to "Avid Media Composer -> DNxHD (*.mov)" as the best video format for editing Panasonic G7 in Avid as well as good video quality.
Tip: You can also click Settings to fix the frame rate, bitrate, audio and video quality to your needs. And as far as we know, 4K XAVC footage is not currently supported well in Avid, downsize the video size to 1080p is a wise choice. Of course, you can stick with your 4K footage if you want.
Step 3: Start 4K MP4, AVCHD to DNxHD conversion
Hit "Convert" button to start converting Panasonic DMC-G7 footage to DNxHD .mov. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows.
After the conversion, you can import the converted Panasonic DMC-G7 video files to Avid Media Composer (5.5/6.0/6.5/7) for smooth playback and editing. No more worries about the Panasonic DMC-G7 incompatibility with Avid Media Composer.
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