Edit Panasonic Lumix S1 4K MP4 in FCP (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6)

Hi, I got a new Panasoni Lumix S1 last week, I can import the 4K MP4 videos into Premiere Pro CC, but I can’t play it smoothly. My laptop was bought three years ago and it runs slowly. I’m a bit upset because I have to spend lone time on rendering the video. It is very nice of you to share a solution with me. – Werner Amann

Dear Acrok, Why I can’t load my Lumix S1 4K footage into Premiere Pro CC for further editing? From the specs given by the official website, this software supports importing .mp4 format files, but I still got an error prompt. Should I transcode Lumix S1 recordings to Premiere Pro CC compatible format? Please recommend me a suitable software. – Jeremy Bloomfield

The Panasonic Lumix S1 is the latest in Panasonic’s offerings. It is a full frame camera, aimed at advanced photographers, but can also capture high quality 4K videos. So you get a full-frame sensor with great quality stills and video, built-in stabilisation, the best viewfinder in the business, twin card slots, backlit buttons, unlimited 4k up to 30p, impressive object recognition and tracking, not to mention an interval timer, 6K Photo, a sensor-shift high-res mode and great wireless. We can record 4K H.264/MPEG-4 and HEVC/H.265 MP4 footage with Lumix S1. When you directly import your Lumix S1 4K videos into those NLE, you will probably find that the error message pops up sometimes, or the rendering process lasts forever, or the editing work is not smooth at all.

The video shot under the MP4 mode with HEVC/H.265 compression codec, which cannot be natively supported by Premiere Pro CC and Premiere Pro CS6, they need to render the mode into other compatible mode if it can be recognized. It’s a long time process and sometimes it’s interrupted or crashed during the process. And then, the video shoot under the 4K HEVC/H.265 mode also requires a powerful CPU and Graphics. Generally speaking, even the Premiere Pro CC has ability to handle the 4K video, editing in an old or low configuration PC/Mac can be a pain. Moreover, the old editing software does not support 4K file import at all.

Therefore, we’d like to suggest the best workflow: convert Panasonic Lumix S1 4K HEVC/H.265 MP4 to the nativie format or codec for Premiere Pro. Here Acrok Video Converter Ultimate is highly recommended as the best 4K Video Converter. With it, you can directly choose the preset format for the Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro or some players like QuickTime, Windpws Media Player. Several optional buttons you can take around to adjust your output videos, for example, “Settings” or “Edit” provide more exciting videos for you. If you are on macOS, please turn to Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac.

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How to convert Lumix S1 4K MP4 for Premiere Pro CC?

Step 1: Run Acrok software. As soon as its main interface appears, click the “Add file” button to import your Lumix S1 4K footage into this program, no matter directly from your camera or load from hard drive. You can play the loaded videos via this 4K Video Converter and HEVC/H.265 Video Converter.

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Step 2: Choose “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as output format from “Editing Software” option as the best codec with editing 4K videos in Premiere Pro CC and Premiere Pro CS6, and meanwhile click “Output” bar to specify a destination folder for the final output files. The output file format will be preserved and recur as default settings automatically at next run.

Convert Lumix S1 4K MP4 to Premiere Pro supported format

1. If you are Premiere Pro CS6 and or lower version user, please click “Setting” button to set the output video resolution as 1920*1080.

2. If you want to get 3D video for playing and sharing, you can click Edit icon to add 3D effects onto your Lumix S1 files. You can also do some editing on the file you want to convert, like cropping unwanted frame from clips, trimming the length of the file, merging separate videos into a new one for your smooth editing.

Edit Lumix S1 video via MP4 to Premiere Pro Converter

Step 3: After all the setting is over, go back to the main interface and hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start Lumix S1 4K video to the native supported codec you have selected conversion process. When the conversion is done, you can click “Open” button to get the generated video files. Now, you can import the converted videos to Premiere Pro CC with the native codec and edit flawlessly.



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