Downscaling Ultra HD 4K to 1080p Video Easily
4K resolution is widely predicted to be the main development trend of video resolution, which is on the way to all of us. As you see, there are more and more cameras like Panasonic GH4, Panasonic GH5, Blackmagic, Sony FDR-AX100, DJI Phantom 4 Pro, DJI Mavic Pro, etc can shoot 4K video. While, 1080p High Definition format has not yet been covered wholly- 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 stuff to 1080p. And this article will present you how to downscale UHD 4K to 1080p in detail.
In fact, you may not see any real differences if you're not doing much to the footage. One of the huge benefits to 4K, that you can do a lot to the image and retain detail for a beautiful 1080p finish. When the 4K files should be downscaled to 1080p, there are mainly two workflows:
A: First edit the project in 4K then render it in 1080p.
B: First batch convert/render all 4K clips to 1080p then edit the project in 1080p and smart-render.
When compared the two ways, we can easily find that the later workflow should require less computing power to edit the project.(Note: It could be more time consuming). For those who work on old computer, we suggest you to apply the later one. And here we will introduce the best way to convert 4K video to 1080p with ease.
Actually, there are numbered tools and utilities can convert and compress the lumpish ultra HD videos. Which one to choose is the key? Well, Brorsoft Video Converter is considered to be the best 4K Ultra HD video converter.
It is surely in the support of compressing 4K UHD videos to 1080p 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.
(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)
READ MORE: Compress 1080p to 720p
Guide: How to downscale/convert Ultra HD 4K to 1080p
Step 1. Load Source Video Launch the 4K to 1080p Converter; click "Add Video" and load your 4K HD files. This program supports batch conversion, so you can add multiple files into it at a time.
Step 2. Decide Output Format Click the "Format" drop down list to select MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, etc format from "Common Video" 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.
And by clicking Edit, you can trim, crop videos, adjust video effects, add watermarks, etc.
Step 3. 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 108p.
Step 4. Start 4K to 1080p Conversion Hit "Convert" button to let the 4K HD to 1080p conversion begin. When the conversion finished, check the generated 1080p video, you will certainly be satisfied with its final video quality. It would be easier for you to playback and edit.