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Best Workflow for Editing 4K footage in Davinci Resolve


4K is a new resolution standard designed for digital cinema and computer graphics. Compared with common 1080p or 720p videos, it offers higher image definition quality, more detailed picture, better fast-action and larger projection surface visibility. Though 4K footage looks amazing, it hasn't accepted by the majority media players or editing software like Davinci Resolve. Supposing you intend to import and edit 4K clips with Davinci Resolve, you're likely to encounter similar issues as below:

"I have encountered some tricky issues when importing some amazing 4K footage recorded from a Panasonic camera, they play choppy and really slow, sometimes Davinci Resolve even couldn't recognize them, let alone for editing. I'm seeking for the solution to the 4K footage to Davinci Resolve importing & editing issues. Any suggestion is appreciated!"

For you knowledge, according to Davinci Resolve's spec, it has certain requirements for input video formats, not all video formats are accepted by Davinci Resolve well. In addition, although Davinci Resolve has boasted the capacity to handle with 4K files without much problem, it is extremely hardware intensive especially for working on a old computer. In view of this, you're highly suggested to convert 4K to Davinci Resolve's preferable video format like DNxHD codec(1080p would be the best settings.).

To achieve the goal, a professional 4K Video Converter is the key and Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the most ideal choice for you. Developed with the most advanced converting technology, this 4K video converter truly and fully supports input and output videos at upto 4K resolution. With it, you can import 4K UHD to Davinci Resolve, iMovie, FCP, Avid, After Effects, Premiere Pro, etc for professional editing. Moreover, it can help you freely enjoy your 4K videos/movies, 4K YouTube clips, 4K camcorder recordings wherever you like, such as watching 4K movies (in any format) on 4K TV and even on mobile devices. If you are working on Windows(Windows 10 included), please turn to Brorsoft Video Converter. Download the tool and start the 4K to Davinci Resolve video conversion.

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Convert and Compress 4K to DaVinci Resolve

Step 1: Click "Add" button to load 4K video files or directly drag the footage to the program. You can check the "Merge into one" box to join several video files together.


Step 2 Hit Format bar to select output format. You can choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format. It is an ideal editing format for Resolve. Of course, you can also click "Common Video" > "MOV - QuickTime (*.MOV)" as the target format.


Tip: Set Video Resolution at 1080p 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 1080p.


Step 4: When ready, click 'Convert' to start format conversion. After the conversion, it's freely to import 4K clips into DaVinci Resolve 12/11/10/9 for natively editing.

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