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Guide on Downscaling UHD 4K to 1080p for edit/grading

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4K resolution has become more and more popular. And nowadays there are more and more cameras like GoPro Hero4, Panasonic GH4, Blackmagic, Sony A7S, Sony FDR-AX10, etc. can shoot 4K video. 4K has around four times more resolution than 1080p and produces a clearer picture. However, the majority of work is still being finished in 1080p, which you're able to crop or stabilize the frame. At the moment this is one of the huge benefits to 4K, that you can do a lot to the image and retain detail for a beautiful 1080p finish. Therefore, in most cases, we need to downscale most of the 4K stuff to 1080p.

The article here will guide you through how to downscale UHD 4K to 1080p which gives your images so much detail and makes your computer run faster during your edit/grading process.

Actually, it's not as difficult as you imagine. What you need is just a common 4K to 1080p converter like EaseFab Video Converter for Mac, which support down-converting and compressing UHD 4K to 1080p videos flawlessly. With it, you can convert 4K videos to all regular video formats like MP4, FLV, AVI, MOV, MKV and more. Plus, the program also adds some advanced encoders like ProRes, MPEG-2, DNxHD, Apple Intermediate Codec, etc. allowing you to convert 4K video to seamlessly fit Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid MC, iMovie and more non-linear editing systems (NLE). If you're using a Windows PC, please turn to EaseFab Video Converter, which allows you to transcode 4K to 1080p on Windows (Windows 8 included) at high speed.

Download the 4K to 1080p converter:

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Quick tutorial on how to downscale 4K to 1080p

Step 1. Load source 4K videos

Install and launch the best 4K to 1080p converter on your Mac, then drag and drop your 4K footage to it. You can also click "Add Video" button to load your 4K UHD videos. Batch conversion is supported so that you can add multiple files to convert a time.

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Step 2. Select output format

Now select a proper format as the output format from the drop-down-list of "Profile". There are MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, etc. available for your choice. If you want to convert 4K footage to editing in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Avid or iMovie, there are professional encoders like ProRes, MPEG-2, DNxHD, Apple Intermediate Codec, etc. in the "Editing Software" category. Here we take "Common Video" > "MP4" as example. After selecting the output format, you can choose an output path as the destination folder to save the converted 1080p MP4 movie.

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Step 3. Set 1080p resolution

Click "Settings" button to customize these settings. Please set the "size(pixel)" as 1920*1080. Meanwhile, other parameters can be adjusted according to your own requirements.

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Step 4. Start to convert 4K to 1080p without losing any quality

Once you're sure all the settings is OK, click the Convert button to start converting 4K to 1080p on your Mac.

When the conversion completes, click "Open" button to locate the 1080p videos. Now yo can do a lot the image and retain detail for a beautiful 1080p finish.