Using Adobe Media Encoder to Improve Your Workflow

Since upgrading to a retina MacBook Pro without dedicated graphics and making the jump to 4K video I've been in search of a way to improve my workflow. Also having read about the GH4's ability to mash out 10-bit, 4:4:4 color without the use of an external recorder. Panasonic is practicing some sort of witchcraft in their R&D lab with these options (now if they could only give us some respectable low-light functionality, the GH4 would be the camera to beat).

If you shoot with a GH4 the video below will have two benefits to you:

  1. Improved workflow.
  2. 10-bit, 4:4:4 color footage to work with.

Let's face it, 1080p footage is easier to edit than 4K on the majority of systems. Pushing pixels during editing can slow down your ability to chop up your project in a timely manner. Usually you have to scrub your footage back a 1/2, 1/4, or even horrible 1/8 playback resolution in Premiere. With this trick you can playback at full resolution on machines that don't have dedicated graphics. This alone is worth the extra step in my opinion.

Being a self-taught content creator, I'm always looking for new ways of working with footage in hopes of improving my workflow further. If you have any other tips please share them in the comments section below. There is so much awesomeness out there and I look forward to reading the comments.