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  • GH4 10bit 1080p25 or 1080p50

  • Craig Ricker

    October 3, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Can anyone with this camera confirm that you do not get a true progressive 10bit signal out from this camera in 25p or 50p at 1080.

    Atomos is saying that it will put out a 50i signal when set to 25p.

    I would like to use this camera in a studio connected to a BMD 4k Production switcher, but want to ensure I can get a true progressive signal at 10bit, as we will be running virtual sets.

    If anyone here with the camera handy can quickly run a test on an external recorder, or maybe you’ve already checked?

    Atomos never mentioned the 1080p50 on the hdmi? is this possible at 10bit?

    Any information would be very welcome. Next step is to get check one out in person, but thought i’d quickly ask as the information on this topic is very lacking online besides the Atomos video. Also panaonsic just released some new firmware, which doesnt mention addressing this but you can never be certain till you’ve checked?

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  • Noah Kadner

    October 4, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Hmm- I doubt you’d be getting 10-bit out of the HDMI alone. You’d need the YAGH interface kit:


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  • Dave Haynie

    October 4, 2014 at 6:01 am

    The GH4 can output 4K or HD at 10-bit, 4:2:2 over HDMI if you’re not recording internally, with or without the YAGH. If you are recording, it’s limited to 8-bit. In fact, the YAGH gets its video from the GH4 via HDMI.

    There seem to be some issues in getting a proper handshake via HDMI for the proper progressive formats, depending on your external recorder. Sometimes you will get progressive sent as interlaced, which of course has to be non-destructively de-interlaced after recording. I haven’t actually used an external recorder (and the GH4 I used was borrowed, though I’m not sure I can hold out much longer on that inevitable purchase… I already have a bunch of m43 lenses), but this is how I understand it.


  • Craig Ricker

    October 6, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Appears the latest firmware has not changed anything in this regard. Seeing on the atomos forums again, people mentioning they believe Panasonic will release a firmware fix for this in mid november.

    But its such a risk for me, to invest in 4 of these cameras hoping a firmware’s gonna come out…..

    I’m gonna have to go and hire one, to see what its doing plugged into a BMD 4K switcher. Maybe its just the external recorders that are picking up a interlaced signal in 25p, but to me that means its putting one out.

    Mac Pro 2.4Ghz 8 core, 24GB RAM, GTX 670

  • Henry Cooper

    June 25, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I wanted to buy a camera, so I bought a GH4 earlier this year. Interested to record the uncompressed FullHD video signal in 10-bit. Panasonic’s firmware page says version 2.1 (c.2015) enables

    “HD Native HDMI Output at 30p/25p native output via HDMI is available while recording video in FHD at 30p/25p.”

    Trying to wrap my head around whether this means the camera now outputs FullHD progressive and the Atomos recorder will be able to match what the camera outputs.

    Anyone have experience with the latest firmware updates and recording externally with the GH4? Craig, whatever happened with your setup?


  • Eric Santiago

    June 26, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    [Henry Cooper] “Trying to wrap my head around whether this means the camera now outputs FullHD progressive and the Atomos recorder will be able to match what the camera outputs.”

    I had a GH4 with an Atomos Shogun and pretty sure it was recording 10-bit even without the YAGH.
    But that was a few years ago.
    Had it out for rental and I was informed they were shooting at 10-bit as well.
    It was my B-Cam to my RED.

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