Working With DJI Phantom 3 4K Videos in FCP X/Premiere/Avid
The DJI Phantom 3 is integrated with a complete 4K camera and 3-axis gimbal system. The included camera system features video recording at up to 4K (4096 x 2160) in H.264 format. However, the problem that filmmaker considered is that how to import these outstanding 4K MOV videos from DJI Phantom 3 into FCP, Adobe Premiere, Avid MC or other NLEs for editing smoothly. Well, follow this article, you can learn the DJI Phantom 3 4K to FCP/Premiere/Avid best workflow.
As we mentioned above, DJI Phantom 3 4K camera builds 4K videos in MOV wrapper encoded with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, but it seems Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer does not like the way. The file type is a compressed format and not ideal for editing. Plus, the old version of Final Cut Pro like FCP 6/7, Adobe Premiere like Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6, Avid Media Composer like Avid MC 4/5/6/7 can't support 4K video. An ultimate solution we found would be to transcode/compress DJI Phantom 3 4K files for FCP, Premiere, Avid.
Different from 720p/1080p videos, the conversion of 4K video is in a higher standard, a professional 4K Video Converter is what you need. Featured with the most advanced converting technology, Brorsoft 4K Video Converter for Mac is the optimal choice for you.
This video converter program provides hundreds of output format presets for 4K videos, such as DNxHD for Avid, Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie, etc. Besides, this 4K converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size like 1080p, 2K, 4K as users want. With it, you can easily convert DJI Phantom 3 4K to Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Avid MC most compatible format in proper video settings. If you are working on Windows(Windows 8 included), please turn to Brorsoft Video Converter. Download the tool and start the 4K video conversion.
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How to Convert and Import DJI Phantom 3 4K to FCP/Premiere Pro/Avid MC
Step 1. Install the Mac 4K Converter program and run it. Drag the 4K .mov files to the software. Or you can also click "Add" button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program.
Step 2. Hit the Format box to select the specially designed video codec for editing 4K footage in Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro.
a. For importing DJI Phantom 3 4K to Final Cut Pro X/7, you can choose "Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422(*.mov)" as output format.
b. To import DJI Phantom 3 4K to Adobe Premiere Pro, just choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas -> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format.
c. To edit DJI Phantom 3 4K video in Avid MC, you are recommended to choose "Avid Media Composer -> DNxHD (*.mov)" as the target format.
Step 3. If you'd like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels, please turn to "Settings" page. Usually 1080p is the optimal setting for using in Final Cut Pro, Avid MC and Premiere Pro. You can downscale DJI Phantom 3 4K to 1080p.
Step 4. Hit the convert button; it will start converting DJI Phantom 3 4K for importing to Avid, FCP and Adobe Premiere. Soon after the conversion, just click "Open" button to get the generated files for editing in FCP/Premiere/Avid Meida Composer perfectly.