Summary: iMovie is not the friendly application when it comes to editing Panasonic FZ1000 4K videos. So if you want to import FZ1000 4K videos to iMovie, you have to ask for a third-party tool.
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Panasonic FZ1000 is one of the hottest 4K cameras in this Summer. The headline feature of the Panasonic GH4 is that it’s a Micro Four Thirds camera that can shoot 4K video (in MP4, MOV format) for under $2000, capturing either Quad HD (3840*2160) at up to 29.97p or “Cinema 4K” (4096*2160) at up to 24p. If you recorded some videos by Panasonic FZ1000, you may like editing the 4K videos in iMovie.
“Hi, all, does anyone have any experience of Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 and iMovie workflow? I have just received my Panasonic FZ1000 camera the day before yesterday and everything is performing as expected, except there is no go when I importing FZ1000 4K video to iMovie for basic editing. And yes I have other more robust video editing programs but I like the simplicity of iMovie so would like to use it. Does anyone know how to get around this and make iMovie read FZ1000 footage flawlessly? I don’t even mind paying for third party software.”
iMovie won't open and import Panasonic FZ1000 4K footage correctly. Question is, what's causing the issues? According to my experience, it may due to the high video resolution and the video codec incompatibility. Since Apple InterMediate Codec is the best editing video codec for iMovie, so we can convert Panasonic FZ1000 4K video to AIC .mov (1080p would be the best settings.) with a top 4K Video Converter, which will save you both time and trouble, and all you need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing.
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How to import Panasonic FZ1000 4K video to iMovie for editing?
Step 1: Download and have a quick installation. The trial version will have a watermark on your converted files. Except for that, there are no time limitation, no virus, and no unnecessary bundle apps while downloading. After that, click “Add Video” button to load your source files. You can load several files at once thanks to “Add from folder” button.
Step 2: Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “iMovie and Final Cut Express”. Choose “Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” as best output format.
Step 3: Click “Settings” button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need.
Step 4: When everything is done, you can take a preview by hitting “Play” button. If you are satisfied with the final result, you can click “Convert” button to finish the conversion work.
Conclusion: When the conversion is done, you can click “Open” to get your generated files. Now, you can edit Panasonic FZ1000 4K video in iMovie without any hassles.
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