Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K Workflow with FCP 7/FCP X
Panasonic AG-DVX200 is an all-in-one camcorder designed with professionals in mind. The camera has a ton of great features that modern filmmakers and videographers will appreciate. Most notably, the camera is able to record in native 4K and UHD. After getting some 4K material from Panasonic AG-DVX200, you will research possible workflows in NLEs for smooth editing. In this article, we will outline how to import Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K to Final Cut Pro(FCP X or FCP 7).
As you see, Panasonic AG-DVX200 captures 4K videos in either MP4 / MOV file format. But the problem is, the MP4 or MOV file format from AG-DVX200 is beyond the compatibility of Final Cut Pro. What's more, although it has been possible to create 4K timelines in Final Cut Pro X, smooth editing of 4K footage in FCP X still requires instant playback of more than one stream of video footage at once. And Final Cut Pro 7 still lacks of support of 4K video. In order to work Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K footage FCP smoothly, a better way is to transcode Panasonic DVX200 4K to a more "edit" friendly codec for FCP and 1080p would be the best settings.
There are numbered tools and utilities can convert and compress the ultra HD videos, few of them can process at a fast speed. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is considered to be the best 4K video converting tool. It can help you to convert Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K .MP4/.MOV to FCP, iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and more editing programs compatible format like Apple ProRes, Apple InterMediate Codec, MPEG-2, DNxHD, etc. Plus, it is surely in the support of compressing Panasonic DVX200 4K videos to 1080p faultlessly. Download it and learn the step-by-step tutorial.
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Guide: How to transcode Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K to FCP 7/X
Step 1. Load Source 4K Video
Import videos from your Panasonic AG-DVX200 to computer. Launch the 4K to FCP Converter; click "Add Video" and load your 4K files. This program supports batch conversion, so you can add multiple files into it at a time.
Step 2. Select ProRes as output format
Click the "Format" bar and select Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov) as output format.
Tip: Click the "Settings" button and set proper video/ audio parameters. You can reset set the video size, bitrate and fame rate. You can keep the original 4K resolution but also can adjust to 2K, 1080p video size just according to your needs. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP 7 editing.
Step 3. Start 4K video conversion
Finally, hit "Convert" button to start converting 4K videos to ProRes .mov for Final Cut Pro on Mac. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows.
When the conversion finished, check the generated ProRes .mov video, you will certainly be satisfied with its final video quality. It would be easier for you to edit your Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K files in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7.