Loading Lumix S1 4K H.265 to DaVinci Resolve 16/15/14

So I’m starting to collect quite a lot of 4K H.26/HEVC footages from my Panasonic Lumix S1 and need to compile them a bit. I’m using DaVinci Resolve 15 and wouldn’t upgrade to Resolve 16. So, what’s the Lumix S1 4K H.265 to DaVinci Resolve best workflow.

H.265 to DaVinci Resolve 15 - Edit H.265 in DaVinci Resolve 15

The Panasonic LUMIX S1 is the latest in Panasonic’s offerings. The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1 is the company’s mid-level full-frame mirrorless camera, built around the L-mount developed by Leica and now supported by Sigma and Panasonic. It features an image-stabilized 24MP sensor and is capable of shooting at up to 9 frames per second. The S1 can also shoot 4K/60p video from an APS-C region of its sensor or oversampled 4K/30p from its full sensor width. V-Log will come at a later stage, with a paid firmware upgrade, however with the Panasonic S1 you can already shoot in Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) mode. (HEVC codec, 4:2:0 10bit long GOP 72Mbps). If you can’t loadf your H.265 videos into DaVinci Resolve, this guide will you solve the problem.

The fact of the matter is MP4 and MOV, or MXF, or any other similar format is very efficient for encoding video data into small file sizes. It is not however easy or quick to decode for high-quality finishing and post production processing. To edit Lumix S1 H.265/HEVC files in DaVinci Resolve 16/15/14, a workaround is to convert H.265/HEVC to DNxHD or ProRes, the most compatible codc for Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve.

Soured the internet, tried everything I could find and finally applied a utility- Acrok Video Converter Ultimate, an easy-to-use yet professional H.265/HEVC video converter to solve the issue.

Free download the H.265 to DaVinci Resolve Converter:

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This program features high efficiency and seamless conversion. With it, you can effortlessly convert Panasonic Lumix S1 recordings to DNxHD or ProRes encoded MOV files – ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with DaVinci Resolve 16/15/14. In addition, the program can also help you transcode any video files to Apple Intermediate Codec, H.264, MPEG-2 for smoothly editing with iMovie, CyberLink PowerDirector, HitFilm Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe Premiere Elements, Lightworks, Hitfilm Express, etc.

How to convert Lumix S1 4K H.265 clips for DaVinci Resolve

Step 1. Import H.265 videos to the software

Once run the H.265 to DaVinci Reslove Converter, you can click “Add Video” button to load source files.

Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac-convert H.265 to DaVinci Resolve 15 editable format

Step 2. Select the output format 

Click “Format” bar and choose “Editing Software” > “Avid DNxHD 1080P Video (*.mov)” or “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422(*.mov)” as output format for editing Lumix S1 4K videos in DaVinci Resolve smoothly.

Convert H.265 to DNxHD MOV for editing in DaVinci Resolve

Convert H.265 to ProRes 422 MOV for using in DaVinci Resolve

Tip: Tap “settings” to customize the output parameters- adjust the video size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel, etc to get a decent video for editing in DaVinci Resolve. Usually 1080p is better choice for editing with DaVinci Resolve 14 and DaVinci Resolve 15. If your software is the latest version, you can select “Original” in “Resolution” option.

Step 3. Start video conversion

Click “Convert” button to start encoding Lumix S1 H.265 to DaVinci Resolve supported video format and codec. After short conversion, you can transfer your 4K footage into DaVinci Resolve16. 15, 14 for editing smoothly on Mac and Windows.

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