Wednesday, March 23, 2016

DJI & NLEs: Edit DJI Phantom 4 4k videos in Premiere Pro CC

DJI Phantom is an amazing invention, it can take people’s sight to anywhere in the sky. Most people want to edit DJI Phantom 4 4K videos in Premiere Pro CC or other video editing applications after flying it. However, they always find Premiere Pro CC doesn’t work fine with DJI Phantom 4K videos.

I'm on a nice, shiney new iMac - i7, fastest, baddest, 5k res monitor, etc. Quick hard drives, even tried the internal and a SSD, but DJI Phantom 4 4k video is very slow in Premiere Pro CC. Runs doggy though I can view it in 'Preview' or the finder with no issues - even two or more streams of 4k plays fine, just not in Premiere Pro. Anyone have any ideas? I've tried both .mp4 and .mov file types, the same outcome. In Premiere Pro, it tends to play about 5 seconds of video just fine, then starts breaking. Also, is there a benefit of one file type over another (.mp4 or .mov)?

The DJI Phantom 4 professional captured 4K video in MP4 or MOV(up to 4096×2160 24 / 25p, 60 Mbps, with MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 codec) format, which is not a native editing codec for Premiere Pro. Adobe Premiere Pro CC can handle 4K files without much problem, but it is extremely hardware intensive. In addition, the DJI Phantom 4 4K video footage compressed with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 will still have big file size, it will take a lot of time for Premiere to render those 4K videos.

To solve those problems, the quick workaround is to convert DJI Phantom 4 4K MP4/MOV to Premiere Pro CC natively supported formats MPEG-2 in 2K resolution. Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (review) is now providing the most reliable and professional 4K solutions to all format issues including 4K XAVC/XAVC S4K MP44K MTS4K MXFand more.

Except for transcoding DJI Phantom 4K videos to MPEG-2 format for Premiere Pro CC, this 4K Video Converter also able to convert 4K MOV/MP4 files from DJI Phantom 4 to the most compatible format (Apple InterMediate, Apple ProRes, DNxHD Codec) for FCP/iMovie/Avid MC.

More important, with this professional 4K Video Converter, you can compress the resolution of DJI Phantom 4 4K footage from 4096*2160P to 1920*1080P so that you the video clips easier for Premiere CC to render.

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If you are a Windows user, and in need of edit the DJI Phantom 4 4K footage in Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, Adobe After Effects, etc. Please turn to Pavtube HD Video Converter

How to Convert DJI Phantom 4 4K MP4/MOV to MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Download the Pavtube HD Video Converter and install it on your Mac(compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard and lower versions).

Step 1. Add DJI Phantom 4 4K MP4/MOV files

Click "Add Video" button to load DJI Phantom 4 4K MP4/MOV files to the program. You can also directly drag the video files into the program directly.

Step 2. Select output format

From "Format" drop-down lists, you can select Adobe Premiere Pro CC preferable editing codec from “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as the output 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.

Step 4. Start the conversion

Finally, simply hig the big Convert button to start converting DJI Phantom 4 4K MP4/MOV to Adobe Premiere Pro CC friendly video formats. 

Within several minutes, you can find the converted file on your computer by clicking the "Open" button. And then you can import the converted files to Adobe Premiere Pro CC for editing smoothly.

Related program:

Pavtube Media Magician / Mac Version: A nice camcorder assistant manager, lossless camcorder video joiner, MTS/ M2TS/ MXF/ P2 MXF/ MOV/ MKV/ TiVo/ WMV/ AVI/ MPG converter and editor. Meamwhile it supported upload edited video to YouTube directly.

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