Transcode and Compress DJI Mavic Pro 4K Files to iMovie
iMovie is designed to work with a wide range of camcorders. And now, when you record 4K videos, you can use iMovie to turn them into amazing 4K movies. However, when you import, play and edit DJI Mavic Pro 4K in iMovie, things get a bit complex. More than one guys are facing issues while working DJI Mavic Pro 4K footage with iMovie:
"As I'm going on travels and just having a Macbook Air (2011) with me I'm having trouble editing 4k material from DJI Mavic Pro. (Actually, even playback 4k material is a pain on that device). So I'm wondering what's the best option for my limited hardware. Should I still record 4k material but compress it down to 1080p material for the video's that I'm going to create during travels?"
"I have used iMovie a lot in the past, and now I'm using that to edit my Mavic's 4k footage, but the performance was very bad. I wasn't able to edit 4k footage fluently. I'm looking for a way to get out the trouble."
Well, DJI Mavic Pro records 4K video in MP4 or MOV with MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 codec, which is not a native editing codec for most NLEs including iMovie. What's more, the common personal computer doesn't have the ability to process the DJI Mavic Pro 4K video editing work, even if you can import DJI Mavic Pro 4K footage into iMovie on Mac. The quality of DJI Mavic Pro 4K material is ultra high definition, so it requires very powerful computer hardware for smoothly editing. In short, for the purpose of better and smoother editing, you're advised to transcode Mavic Pro H.264 files to a more edit-friendly format and compress 4K to 1080p.
With the help of Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, you can easily achieve the goal. With the professional 4K video converter, you can effortlessly encode DJI Mavic Pro 4K MP4/MOV footage for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLEs), including iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and more. Besides, this 4K Video Converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size like 1080p, 2K, 4K as users want. More than that, this software also can deal with other video formats such as H.265, MKV, MTS, MXF, XAVC, FLV .etc on Mac OS X including macOS Sierra, El Capitan Yosemite, Mavericks, Lion. Now, download the software on computer and follow the guide below to start conversion.
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Download the 4K to iMovie converter:
(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)
Best Way to import DJI Mavic Pro 4K files to iMovie natively
Step 1: Load DJI Mavic Pro 4K videos
Run DJI Mavic Pro 4K Converter and load 4K clips to it by clicking "Add" button. You can also drag and drop the 4K files to the software directly from your Hard drive.
Step 2: Select output format you want
Hit the "Format" bar and select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(*.mov) as output format on the drop-down menu.
Tip: You can also click "Settings" to fix the frame rate, bitrate, video size, etc to your needs, that you can play and edit DJI Mavic Pro 4K movies in iMoive easily. Generally, 1080p video size is good for iMoive editing. Of course, it can keep original 4K resolution for you if you need.
Step 3: Convert DJI Mavic Pro 4K to iMovie
Click the convert button under the preview window; the converter will start encoding DJI Mavic Pro 4K clips for iMovie. After the conversion, click the "Open" button to locate converted files, and then you can load the converted DJI Mavic Pro 4K footage into iMovie for editing smoothly with the best quality.