August 18 2016
If you are looking for an easy and direct way to import and edit DJI Phantom 4 4K in FCP X/Premiere/Avid, you may wish to read this post. Learn details now.
As the best consumer drone that DJI has released to date, the Phantom 4 has won lots of fans and users. You can get smooth, stabilized 4K video capture, longer flight times, etc. While, if we want to import and edit DJI Phantom 4 4K in FCP/Premiere/Avid, the result may let you down- these popular video editing programs won't open the 4K footage from DJI Phantom 4 correctly. So, what's the solution?
Well, based on our testing, we found H.264 encoded MP4 or MOV file format from DJI Phantom 4 is beyond the compatibility of FCP, Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer. What's more, handling 4K files in FCP/Premiere/Avid is usually hardware intensive. Thus, you can't get a flawless 4K workflow in most cases. To solve the problem, you need to convert DJI Phantom 4 4K files to FCP, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer most compatible format with proper video settings(1080p is recommended).
In the following paragraphs, we used Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to show you how to transcode Phantom 4 footage for Final Cut Pro, Adobe PP and Avid with the best resulted quality.
Overview: The program can effortlessly encode/re-encode 4K H.264(MP4/MOV), XAVC, XAVC S, etc footage for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, FCE and more. If you work 4K files on Windows PC, please get Brorsoft Video Converter to solve the issues. Now download the program and start converting your DJI Phantom 4 4K videos.
Convert DJI Phantom 4 4K footage for Editing in FCP/Adobe PP/Avid MC
Step 1. Load DJI Phantom 4 4K videos
Run the 4K video converter program you just set up. You can hit Add button to import the 4K video files from DJIPhantom 4 to the converter. It supports batch conversion.
Step 2. Choose output format
Click on the "Format" bar and choose a best editable format for FCP, Avid, Adobe Premiere.
a. To edit DJI Phantom 4 4K in FCP smoothly, you'd better select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the output format. It ensures the best result in Final Cut Pro.
b. To convert DJI Phantom 4 4K to Avid Media Composer, choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD (*.mov) as the target format.
c. For editing DJI Phantom 4K footage in Adobe Premiere Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas --> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format for editing in Adobe PP natively.
Step 3. Profile Settings
In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click "Settings" button and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. You can keep original 4K resolution or adjust video size to 2K or 1080 full HD as you need.
Step 4. Start converting 4K footage
Hit the convert button of the best 4K to Premiere Pro Converter. It will start converting DJI Phantom 4 4K MP4/MOV for importing to FCP/Premiere/Avid MC immediately.
Soon after the conversion, just click "Open" button to get the generated files for natively editing in Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer perfectly.
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