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How to Play DJI Phantom 4 4K videos in any Windows/Mac?

The Phantom 4 is being released at $1399.00 which is just slightly more expensive than the Phantom 3 Pro was when it was released a year ago. There was a broad hope that DJI would really make a splash with their design and give us a new design to allow for better mobility and transport, but the new DJI p4 holds on to the same basic design as earlier versions DJI p3.



Phantom 4 4K Features and Playback Situation

The video recording mode of the 2014 model (Phantom 2) was 1080p, while the Phantom 3 last year has a 4K variant. As for Phantom 4 , stabilized 4K video capture (up to 4096×2160 24 / 25p, 60 Mbps, in MP4 / MOV container with MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 codec ), longer flight times, the ability to capture aerial footage at speeds that can touch 50mph, and 12-megapixel still capture in your choice of Raw or JPG format.

Well, many folks admit to having found DJI 4K video difficult to import into PC/Mac for smoothly playback. When get the 4k video recorded by Phantom 4, many users may want to put it on the PC/Mac or mobile devices, unfortunately, Windows Media Player on all versions up to Windows 10 will not play 4k video files, and Mac released before 2015 didn’t have the 4K display so that you can’t get the good watching experiences.

The Phantom 4 recorded 4k file is still playable!

Limited by many realistic factors (like storage, devices, Internet technology and etc., 4K video is still such hot potato nowadays. An original 4K movie is normally more than 200 GB, which means you can keep 10 copies of 4K resolution movies in your hard drive at most. As time goes on, you will get more and more 4K videos with your Phantom 4, and how do you deal with it?

With no doubt, it is a stunning experience to enjoy the visual feast of 4K video! If your exiting PC/Mac or portable devices are unable to do a good job on playing Phantom 4 4K video, considering about converting the Phantom 4 4K video to 1080P for smooth playback and better viewing experience.

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. It can compress 4K to 1080P video, 4K to HD 720P video for the majority of media players and media devices, make sure you can have a better experience with 1080P (1080 x 1920) rather than the 4K (4096 x 2160). You can also downscale the Phantom 4 4K video into a smaller size for uploading to YouTube or Facebook as well.

Meanwhile, if you unable to edit Phantom 4 4K video in video editing software like iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc. This video app have the preset format for NLEs such as AIC for iMovie, ProRes for Final Cut Pro, WMV for Windows Movie Maker, MPEG-2 for Sony Vegas / Adobe Premiere Pro.


How to Compress & Convert Phantom 4 4K to 1080P Video

Step 1: Add Phantom 4 4K videos.

Open the program, click "File" menu, from its drop-down option, select "Add Video/Audio" to load 4K video to the program. This program supports batch conversion, so you can add multiple files into it at a time.

load phantom 4 4k files

Step 2: Choose output file format.

From "Format" bar drop-down list, choose the formats that you want to output for later use. For compatibility consideration, it is idea for you to choose "Common Video" > "H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)" as output file format.

Since this video converter also provides optimal profiles for kinds of editing programs and media devices, you can also select a proper format that best meets your needs.

choose h.264 format

Step 3: Compress Phantom 4 4K video to 1080p.

Open "Profile Settings" window, click "Size(pix)" to select 1920*1080 as the final resolution for output video. You can also adjust video and audio settings, including codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel.

compress 4k to 1080p

Step 4: Convert compress Phantom 4 4K video to 1080p.

After all the settings is completed, hit right-bottom "Convert" button to start to convert and downscale Phantom 4 4K video to 1080p format videos.

When the conversion finished, check the generated 1080p video, you will certainly be satisfied with its final video quality. It would be easier for you to playback on PC/Mac.

4K UHD media player is essential - VLC Player

VLC Player was recently updated to include support for 4K video playback in version 2.1. This player has support for a very large range of codecs, making it possible to play back virtually any type of video file (as well as audio).

VLC Player is available for free for Mac OS X and for Windows machines. The company has an optional donation panel on its website, encouraging people to donate a small amount if they are happy with the performance of the software. With the VLC installed on your PC/Mac, you can play the Phantom 4 4K video if there is no error come out.

Further Reading:

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