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Load Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5S 4K Video to Premiere Pro


"Hi! I was told the 4K files can natively ingest into Premiere Pro. But my footage from Panasonic Lumix GH5S is crashing every time I try to import. Any ideas?"

Panasonic introduced the Lumix DC-GH5S mirrorless camera, the successor to the original and ubiquitous GH5. Specifically geared for video shooting, the GH5S features a versatile and capable range of video specs, including the ability to internally record DCI 4K at up to 60 fps and 150 Mbps with 4:2:0 8-bit Long GOP; 30 fps and 150 Mbps with 4:2:2 10-bit Long GOP; and 24 fps and 400 Mbps with 4:2:2 10-bit ALL-I. While, you may get the trouble when import Panasonic GH5S 4K to Adobe Premiere Pro like the issue quoted above.

Well, as far as we know, the Panasonic GH5S footage is infamous for being highly compressed. Creative as in, doing something not generally done nor accepted as "standard" practice for a codec. As Premiere Pro isn't really designed to handle non-standard codec options ... there can be issues at times, and as with yours here, normally one can get through them with workarounds. We do know a couple 4K video shooters who ... for editing ... transcode all their 4K footage to a more editable format like MPEG2 for Adobe Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5. Below is the tutorial for transcoding Panasonic GH5S 4K to Premiere Pro efficiently.

To fulfill the task, third-party software is required to convert Panasonic GH5S 4K to Premiere Pro natively supported format like MPEG-2. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended here.

Overall, the program is the best 4K converter. With it, you can effortlessly transcode GH5S 4K MP4, MOV to MPEG-2, which will create a Premiere Pro friendly file format keeping the best quality. Besides Premiere, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie and more NLE systems for native editing. For Windows users, Brorsoft Video Converter is the right choice. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

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Guide: Converting Panasonic GH5S 4K to MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 1: Add original file

Click "Add File" button to import GH5S 4K MP4 or MOV to this powerful program. Or you can simply drag the videos directly to the software window list.


Step 2: Choose preferred format

Click "Format" pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro.


Tip: Click the "Settings" button, you are able to enter the "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video and audio parameters for the converted files, including video size, bit rate, frame rate and more.

Step 3: Start conversion

Click the Convert button to start transcoding Panasonic GH5S 4K to MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro.

Once the process is at 100%, click "Open" button on the main interface to find the generated videos, then you can transfer the encoded GH5S 4K videos to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS4 for editing effortlessly.

Editor's Note:

Since GH5S 4K footage won't work well in Adobe Premiere Pro, why not directly recording 1080P videos? Well, every setting has it's use. 1080p gives more flexibility in frame rates. 4K of course if you need the best result with most information to work with in post.

You could use them all together in the same time line. You can render 1080p up to 4K, or scale it all down to 1080p, your choice. Try out various scenarios, you make the rules.

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