Downscale DJI Phantom 4/3 4K videos to 1080p/720p

Downscale DJI Phantom 4/3 4K videos to 1080p/720p

DJI just dropped their latest drone, the Phantom 4 and Phantom 3, and it’s loaded with autonomous features. They all can capture 4k video in MP4 or MOV(MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) format. They can record up to 4K videos. We all know 4K Ultra HD has become more prevalent than 1080P due to its superior viewing experience to full HD. Does this mean 1080P HD is replaced by 4K UHD? Of course NOT, though 4K ultra HD sets the world on fire, there are still tons of stuff needed to be completed in 1080P, like video playback and editing.

Major Reasons Lead to Compress and Convert DJI Phantom 4/3 4K videos to 1080p/720p

1. Fail to play DJI Phantom 4K video on media player (VLC, QuickTime, Windows Media Player, KMPlayer, GoMPlayer ) or handheld devices (Samsung, HTC, Sony, iPhone iPad), for the majority of media players and media devices work well with 1080P (1080 x 1920) rather than the newcomer 4K (4096 x 2160). 

Note: though iPhone 6/6s is claimed to be able to play 4K video, iTunes will not sync 4K video so you need some other app or convert 4K to 1080P to play 4K video on iPhone 6/6s.

2. Unable to edit DJI Phantom 4K video in video editing software like iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere Pro, Cyberlink Powerdirector, etc.

3. Hard to upload DJI Phantom 4K video to video sharing sites on account of the much bigger file size (the data amount of each frame is as big as 50MB) and high definition (Instagram, vevo, veoh, yahoo, Myspace, ehow, etc. do not support 4K video).

When the DJI Phantom 4/3 4K files should be downscaled to 1080p, there are mainly two workflows:

A: First edit the project in 4K then render it in 1080p.
B: First batch convert/render all 4K clips to 1080p then edit the project in 1080p and smart-render.

When compared the two ways, we can easily find that the later workflow should require less computing power to edit the project. (Note: It could be more time consuming). For those who work on old computer, we suggest you to apply the later one. And here we will introduce the best way to convert DJI Phantom 4K video to 1080p with ease.

To convert and reduce 4K video to 1080P, you need a 4K video converter at the first place. Here according to the feedbacks of dozens of users, they unanimously recommend the award-winning 4K video compressor – Pavtube Video Converter  (Pavtube Video Converter for Mac). Pavtube Video Converter, as the pioneer video conversion app, can provide you with all the bells and whistles you are looking for in a 4K video converter program. See, it can perform well as a video converter to convert 4K to 1080P video, 1080p to 4K video with 99% quality reserved and world’s fastest speed (6X faster than any other converters), just say thanks to its advanced NVIDIA CUDA technology and AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP). 

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How to Compress/Convert DJI Phantom 4/3 4K UHD Video to 1080P/720P HD

STEP 1. Import DJI Phantom 4/3 4K files

After the installation, launch the 4K Converter; click “Add video” and load your DJI Phantom 4/3 4K videos. This program supports batch conversion, so you can add multiple files into it at a time.

STEP 2. Choose Output Format

Click the “Format” drop down list to select a proper video foramt as you want. This video converter provides optimal profiles for kinds of editing programs and media devices, and you can also select a proper profile like Common Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mp4) as output format that best meets your needs.

STEP 3. Downsize 4K Video Resolution to 1080p/720p

Click “Settings” button; you can adjust video and audio settings, including codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel. To down-convert ultra HD 4K to 1080p/720p, do remember adjusting video size to 1920*1080 or 1280*720. 

STEP 4. Start DJI Phantom 4/3 4K to 1080p/720p Conversion

Hit “Convert” button to start downscaling 4K to 1080p/720p. It would take several minutes due to the file size. You can set “Shutdown converter after conversion” to do your other work. After the conversion, click Open to locate the generated 1080p/720p video. 

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