DJI Mavic Pro 4K Playback Choppy on QuickTime Player

DJI Mavic Pro 4K Playback Choppy on QuickTime Player

Category : 4K Formats , Desktop Player

The DJI Mavic Pro camera can shoot up to 4096 x 2160 4K video at 30 frames. For Mac users who try to playback DJI Mavic Pro 4K with QuickTime player, which is pre-installed on all Mac computers, they often encounter the 4K video playback choppy issues just as condition listed below:

“I am shooting video on my mavic with all the default camera settings (4K, .mov). When I try to play the video back in QuickTime I experience stuttering and choppiness when viewing on my brand new one month old late 2016 MacBook Pro. I’d prefer this conversation not turn into a PC vs Mac debate, this hardware should be more than sufficient to play the clips.”

The DJI Mavic Pro records 4K video in an MOV wrapper compressed with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression codec, which is native included in QuickTime player native playback formats list. However, sometimes, due to the hardware issues, your QuickTime player may fail to playback the 4K video clips shot with DJI Mavic Pro.

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Requirements to playback 4K video on Mac

Integrated Graphics solutions that support 4K external displays (8GB RAM recommended with integrated graphics solutions):
– 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family (Intel Haswell based CPUs) – (Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200 / Intel® Iris™ Graphics 5100, Intel® HD Graphics 5000 / 4600 / 4400 / 4200)
– AMD A10-7800 APU

Discrete Graphics cards that support 4K external displays:

Nvidia GeForce

GeForce® GTX™ 970
GeForce® GTX™ 980
GeForce® GTX™ TITAN Black
GeForce® GTX™ 780 & 780 Ti
GeForce® GTX™ 770
GeForce® GTX™ 760 & 760 Ti
GeForce® GTX™ 750 & 750 Ti
GeForce® GTX™ 690, 680, 670, 660, 660 Ti, 650, 650 Ti BOOST, 650 Ti
AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series or better

Other things to consider:
– You need to have a monitor which is capable of playing back 4K video if you want to properly play 4K.
– Even if your computer meets the requirements, you may find that 4K video plays back choppy. This is due to the immense processing power required to play 4K.

Compress DJI Mavic Pro 4K for QuickTime smooth playback

From above information, we can see that if your Mac computer doesn’t meet the minimum requirements to playback 4K video, you will definitely suffer 4K video playback choppy issues when viewing them with QuickTime player. In addition, even sometimes if your computer meet the minimum requirements to playback 4K video, you may still find that 4K video playbacks very choppy. This is due to the immense processing power required to play 4K video.

To fix the Mavic Pro 4K video playback choppy issue with QuickTime player, the most effective solution is compressing 4K video to 1080p. Here, you can get the job easily done with our best 4K Video Compressor – Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac. The program has full editing support for the 4K MOV H.264 video shot with DJI Mavic Pro camera. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple DJI Mavic Pro 4K video into the application for conversion at one time.

The application can assist you to easily compress Mavic Pro 4K to 1080p with smaller file resolution for smooth playback with QuickTime player even if your computer Mac doesn’t meet the minimum requirements to playback 4K video. To get the best output video and audio quality, you can then flexibly adjust the output video and audio profile parameters such as video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like in the “Profile Settings” window of the application.

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Step by Step to Compress DJI Mavic Pro 4K to 1080p for QuickTime Player Smooth Playing

Step 1: Load DJI Mavic Pro 4K video into the application.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import DJI Mavic Pro 4K video files into the program.

Load DJI Mavic Pro 4K video

Step 2: Choose output file format.

Here, you can choose to output QuickTime native playback format “MOV – QuickTime(*.mov)” under “Common Video” main category.

Output QuickTime player native playback format

Step 3: Compress 4K to 1080p.

Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, in video section, from “Size(pix)” drop-down list, select “1980*1020” to downscale DJI Mavic Pro 4K to 1080p, you can also tweak other settings according to your own needs.

Step 4: Begin the conversion process.

After all settings is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin DJI Mavic Pro 4K to 1080p video compressing and converting process.

When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. You can then get a small size video for smoothly playback with QuickTime Player on even slow Mac computer.

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