Saving Photos Lumix 4K & 6K Photo Modes

Posted Aug. 15th, 2018 by Daniel J. Cox

Saving 4k 6K Photos

A great tool we have in almost all of our current Lumix cameras is the ability to save 4K/ 6K photos from video footage the cameras are capable of producing.  Chris Nichols from DPReview does a great job talking through the finer points of this special Lumix tool. Below is the video by Chris Nichols and Jordan Drake explaining why you might want to shoot 4k / 6K Photo Mode.

Software for Extracting Stills

The one area that they neglected is software for pulling frames from the 4K or 6K footage. When I was using Lightroom and Aperture, they both had a great tool for extracting still frames from 4K Photo Mode video. Since the advent of the 6K Photo Mode, I’ve been struggling to find software for getting those still frames out.

The difference between 4k Photo Mode and 6K Photo Mode is the 6K is a new file format called HEVC also known as H.265. The older version 4K Photo Mode is known as H.264 and is widely supported where the new H.265 is not. That being the case, programs to work with HEVC are few and far between. Many people are using conversion software that will convert a H.265 (HEVC) into a H.264 files. I’m not sure if the conversion will reduce quality, but I’m guessing it will. The good news for Apple users is Apple’s new Photos App handles H.265 (HEVC) with no issues. It even has an option to save still images from the video file. This is the easiest option I’ve found. Unfortunately, I don’t have any suggestions for Windows users.

The video above is a short tutorial on how to use Apple’s Photos to extract the 18-megapixel stills from the H.265 video. If there are any Windows users out there that have suggestions for our MS readers I would be grateful for you to sound off in the comments below.

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  1. Mike TilkaOn Oct. 2nd, 2018 (2 months ago)

    I have been using Cyberlink PhotoDirector 10 for some time now. It Captures 18.7mp frames from my Lumix G9 MP4 files perfectly. Very easy to use Windows program.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Oct. 2nd, 2018 (2 months ago)

      Thanks for this Mike. Appreciate your input.

  2. Ian JonesOn Aug. 18th, 2018 (3 months ago)

    PotPlayer is Windows Only. I’m running it on a couple of Core i7 machines running Windows 10 with no problems at all.

  3. Ian JonesOn Aug. 17th, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Hi Dan always enjoy reading your blog.

    In the past I’ve used PotPlayer with very good results. It’s an easy to use video player that handles HEVC and allows frame grabs. It’s fairly straightforward to learn and is free to download.

    Web site is at http://potplayer.daum.net/

    And there’s a reasonable tutorial from a 3rd party on YouTube

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Aug. 17th, 2018 (3 months ago)

      Nice Ian. That’s very helpful. Rerally appreciate your input. Is this a Windows program, Mac or both?

  4. Peter BattyOn Aug. 15th, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Thanks for sharing this Dan! I love 6K mode and have got some great shots with it that I don’t think I could have got any other way. I shared some of the shots I got and several techniques for extracting images from the 6K video (which is not quite as simple as you would hope yet) on my blog at https://smallworldlivelarge.com/2018/05/07/super-fast-photography-with-the-lumix-g9/

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Aug. 15th, 2018 (3 months ago)

      Thanks for the input Peter. Great to have others offering suggestions on how we can all better sue 6K Photo Mode.

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