September 23, 2014 at 8:34PM


GH4 Codec Support in WIndows 7

I've been trying to sort through a large chunk of footage I shot with my GH4.
I have the footage organized in various folders on my PC but it's difficult to tell what clips were shot in 4K and which were shot in 1080p.
I know that when I had my Canon 60D I had the option within the windows explorer to show clip information like resolution, aperture, shutter speed, camera model, etc. However, I don't see any information listed in those categories for my GH4 footage.
I went ahead and installed the latest Microsoft Camera Codec Pack (6.3.9721.0), but it doesn't list the DMC-GH4 as a supported camera model.
Does anyone know if Microsoft will be releasing a new Codec Pack that supports all the GH4 metadata?
Or maybe someone knows of a different way of organizing footage using metadata?
Any help is appreciated, thanks!


The problem is not CODEC support as your Windows computer most likely already supports the AVCHD and the various flavors of H.264 that the GH4 uses to record with.

What you need to find is a Windows Explorer extension that supports video file browsing, so that you can click on a video file and be able to see the details of that file and possibly a preview of it.

I use the file explorer built into my Sony Vegas Pro video editor to do this, as Vegas recognizes most video file formats and provide me with the basic details without having to open the video file directly.

September 24, 2014 at 1:50PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

I switched to Windows 10. It handles these things very well.

September 3, 2015 at 3:13PM, Edited September 3, 3:13PM

Erwin Hartsuiker
CineVideo-NL videographer

this thread is a little old, but i had a little information to add to the discussion. and i'm still on windows 7 (love the os).

to quickly get a look at the metadata for media files, i use a windows explorer extension called media tab. right-click on the file, view properties, select the MediaTab tab, and i get pretty detailed metadata information.

this webpage also recommends a utility called media info..

of course premiere pro can give me most of the basic information i need, but sometimes i don't want to have to load up the program just to figure out what bitrate something is at.

another windows utility that i absolutely have grown to love, especially for video editing is volume2.

it allows you to setup hotkeys and mouse combos to quickly and easily control/mute your audio. when i'm shuffling between different video editing tasks (previewing sound effects on, watching video selects in premiere, learning some technique on youtube, finding a good matching soundtrack, etc), it's so so amazingly handy. oftentimes, my ears will be blasted because i like the audio at different levels for different tasks. with volume2, a quick slide of the mouse wheel or hotkey press and my ears are happier for it.

April 6, 2016 at 5:08PM

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