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.

V-Log L Update Process for the Panasonic DMC-GH4

As many of you may be updating your GH4 with your purchased V-Log L software key code, I thought I would put together an update blog post and video to help you successfully sync your key code with Panasonic and unlock it's awesome new V-Log L picture profile. If you're not a fan of written instructions I did a video here to help you along the way:

Before you begin this process make sure you have a fully charged battery!



  1. Update to firmware Version 2.4 from the Global Joint Update Service.
  2. Export the camera’s SERIAL.LST file to you SD card:
    • Menu > Setup > Activate > Export Serial Code.
  3. Upload the SERIAL.LST to Panasonic's Portal Web Page.
  4. Input and register the "Upgrade Software Key" to Panasonic's website; this will allow you to get the activation code.
  5. Download the "ACTIVE.LST" to on your SD card:
    • PRIVATE > PANA_GRP > PAVC > LUMIX > ACTV (i.e. the same location you SERIAL.LST is in). 
  6. Insert the SD card into the SAME fully charged GH4, head into:
    • Menu > Setup > Activate > Import Activation Code.
  7. When prompted power cycle the camera. You will find your new V-LOG L feature in your Photo Styles.

Enjoy the new picture profile, it's kind of a learning curve, but that's what creating content so fun in my opinion. If you have questions please feel free to drop me a comment down below. Thanks for stopping by, I hope this helped those of you that needed it.

GH4 (V-Log L Workaround)

It looks like you can test out the upcoming V-Log L picture profile if you enable it using Panasonic's Image App on your mobile devices. Follow the instructions in this video and you should be good to go to try it out until you get your paid version, as there are some caveats to using this now on its unofficial release.

If you like what you use and are seeing (which I do) and want to preorder your copy of this firmware key, head on over to Panasonic and get your order in for the $99 upgrade. This workaround only excites me, I can't wait to unlock this feature in its entirety, as I've had my order in since they announce it.

Hey Panasonic! Ship my key out to me already! Pretty please!

Update (Mac Version)

Looks like Panasonic took down their v2.3 firmware since the release of this video. Never fear, I've got the version here for you to download at your convenience HERE.

Working with Multiple Camera Angles in Premiere Pro CC

I've learned to edit multi-camera more efficiently in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014. If you're interested in learning as well, this is how I do it:

If I missed something or there's a easier way to doing it, please let me know in the comment section down below! Thanks for visiting.