How to Downscale UHD (4K) to 1080p

Quick tutorial on how to downscale your Ultra HD 4K footage to 1080p.

There are more and more cameras like Panasonic GH4, Blackmagic, Sony FDR-AX100, etc can shoot 4K Ultra HD footage. 4K is widely predicted to be the main development trend of video resolution, but it has not yet been convered wholly – the majority of playback, editing work is still being finished in 1080p. To make your computer run faster during your edit/grading process, you can take your 4K footage and downscale it to 1080p which gives your images so much 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:

  1. First edit the project in 4K then render it in 1080p. 
  2. 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 compress the lumpish ultra HD 4K videos. Here is one that does – Brorsoft Video Converter, a powerful and easy-to-use UHD 4K video converter, editor and player. Meanwhile it’s available for Windows and Mac users. If you’re facing problems editing, playing or sharing 4K footage, chances are you already installed this great utility. If not, download it from here. If you’re using Mac OS X, download the link. Now refer to these steps to get it running.

  • 1) Create a folder with the original UHD 4K files on your hard drive.
  • 2) Launch Brorsoft Video Converter, drag and drop your 4K files into the windows of the program. You can add multiple files into it at a time.

  • 3) 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.

  • 4) 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.

  • 5) Leave the rest unchanged, then click Convert and your 4K files will be converted into 1080p files.

You’re done!

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