Downscaling 4K to 1080P, 2K for Easier Playback & Editing

Q1: FCP 7 won’t import 4K videos from Panasonic GH4?

I got some 4K footage from Panasonic GH4. But Final Cut Pro 7 can’t import/ingest 4K videos taken from Panasonic GH4? Any solution?

Q2: Windows Media Player can’t play my 4K video

I just download 4k video from Youtube, but VLC, Windows Media Player, Media player classic can not execute 4k format.

There are more and more 4K media we can access like from 4K professional camcorders(Panasonic GH4, Blackmagic, Sony FDR-AX100), YouTube… But we found that 4K video is still not widely supported by video editing programs like FCP(before FCP X 10.1.), iMovie, Avid, Adobe PP, etc; video players like VLC, Windows Media Player, etc.The majority of playback, editing work is still being finished in 1080p. In most cases, we still need to downscale most of the Ultra HD 4K to 1080p or 2K properly. And this article will present you how to downscale 4K to 1080p or 2k in detail.

First, download and install Brorsoft 4K Video Converter

It is surely in the support of compressing 4K UHD videos to 1080p, 2k faultlessly. Plus, this 4K video converter enables you to transcode 4K videos to any format MP4, MOV, WMV, FLV, MPG, AVI, MKV… as you want. Thanks to the built-in video editor, you can trim, crop and retouch your videos in clicks. Overall, this program is a completely professional 4K HD video converter, player and editor. If you are running on Mac OS X, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the alternative choice, which allows you to batch convert 4K clips to 1080p on Mac(Mavericks included) at high speed.

Convert & Downscale 4K to 1080P, 2K video

1. Load 4K Videos

Launch the  4K to 1080p Converter; click “Add” and load your 4K HD files. Or directly drag and drip your 4K source to the program.

2. Choose output format

Click the “Format” drop down list to select a proper video format as you want. 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.

Tip: And by clicking Edit, you can trim, crop videos, adjust video effects, add watermarks, etc.

3. Set Video Resolution at 1080p or 2K

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, do remember adjusting video size to 1920*1080. That is the exact 108p. If you want to downsize 4k to 2k, you are advised to set video size as 2048×1080.

4. Start 4K to 1080p/2k conversion

Hit “Convert” button to start downscaling 4K to 1080p or 2K video.

After conversion, check the generated 1080p, 2k video, you will certainly be satisfied with its final video quality. Now it’s easier to playback and edit your 4K video clips. Enjoy your Ultra HD life.

Related Guides:

Importing Blackmagic 4K ProRes to FCP 7, Avid, Adobe Premiere
Import Panasonic FZ1000 4K video to Final Cut Pro
Importing Panasonic DMC-GH4 4K MP4/MOV to Final Cut Pro

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