The Panasonic HC-VX981K, 4K Ultra HD Camcorder, offers simple yet powerful operation to enable users of all levels to capture high-quality 4K UHD and Full HD video. It features a 1/2.3″ backside-illuminated (BSI) MOS sensor with an 8.29 megapixel effective resolution that combines with a Crystal Engine 4K image processor to support 4K UHD video in MP4 format at 24/30 fps and 1080p video in AVCHD format up to 60 fps.

After testing many video editing applications with Panasonic HC-VX981 4K MP4 videos, the result shows that we can’t import Panasonic HC-VX981 4K MP4 video files to iMovie or FCE for editing directly due to the codec incompatibility. Something else, there’s actually no way to edit a 4K project in Final Cut Pro natively. In this case, to have a smooth Panasonic HC-VX981 4K workflow on Mac, you’d better convert Panasonic HC-VX981 4K MP4 to iMovie/FCE edit-friendly format with proper settings. It will save you both time and trouble, and all you need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing.

The process is surprisingly easy and can be done with the help of UFUWare HD Video Converter for Mac. The program can effortlessly encode/re-encode 4K MP4, 4K MOV, 4K MXF, XAVC/XAVC S, etc footage to advanced encoders like Apple Intermediate Codec,Apple ProRes, MPEG-2, DNxHD, etc. to seamlessly fit for iMovie/Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and more. For working 4K videos on Windows PC, you can turn to UFUWare HD Video Converter. Just download it and keep reading for a brief how-to on each process.

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Import Panasonic HC-VX981 4K MP4 files for iMovie and FCE

Step 1. Add Panasonic HC-VX981 4K MP4 files

Run the UFUWare HD Video Converter for Mac as the Panasonic HC-VX981 to iMovie/FCE Converter. You can click “Add File” button to load Panasonic HC-VX981 4K MP4 files to the converter, or directly drag and drop the Panasonic HC-VX981 4K videos to it.

Panasonic HC-VX981 to iMovie/FCE Converter

Step 2. Choose AIC MOV as output format

Click on “Profile” option to get a dropdown menu, and select “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” as the best output format for iMovie and Final Cut Express.

Convert Panasonic HC-VX981 4K MP4 to AIC MOV for iMovie/FCE

Tip: If necessary, you can customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels by clicking “Settings” button.

Step 4. Start the Panasonic HC-VX981 4K MP4 to AIC conversion

After settings are done, click “Convert” button to convert Panasonic HC-VX981 4K MP4 videos to AIC MOV for iMovie/FCE on Mac.

When Panasonic HC-VX981 4K MP4 to AIC conversion finished, you can click “Open Folder” button to find the generated AIC .mov files. Then you can import the converted Panasonic HC-VX981 4K MP4 files into iMovie and Final Cut Express for native editing on Mac OS X(macOS Sierra included).