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Importing DJI Phantom 4 4K video to Premiere Pro CS5/CS6/CC

March 16, 2016

This article gives you a workaround to import and edit DJI Phantom 4 4K Footage in Adobe Premiere Pro with smooth workflow.

DJI didn't make any major changes to the Phantom 4's camera. It still uses a lens that captures a 20mm (full-frame equivalent) field of view—that's 94 degrees measured diagonally—with a fixed f/2.8 aperture. Video capture is available at up to 4K quality, and stills can be captured as JPG, Raw DNG, or Raw+JPG at 12-megapixel resolution.

You can record at cinema 4K resolution (4,096 by 2,160) at 24 or 25fps. This setting is best used by pros who appreciate the wider 1.9:1 aspect ratio afforded by the format. If you're shooting with the intention of presenting video on an HDTV, stick with a 16:9 ratio. The UHD 4K format (3,840 by 2,160) fits that bill and is available at 24, 25, or 30fps.

However, there are some problems such as not showing the video but audio only, unsupported file type when playing & editing Phantom 4video in Adobe, especially in 4K. So, how to import DJI Phantom 4 4K video to Premiere Pro beautifully?



Adobe PP CS6, CC can handle 4K files without much problem, but it is extremely hardware intensive. To solve those problems, the quick workaround is to transcode DJI Phantom 4 4K files to Adobe Premiere natively supported formats.

First you need to download Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. Overall, the program is the best Mac Video Converter for DJI Phantom 4 4k footage, which will create an Adobe Premiere Pro friendly file format- MPEG-2 keeping the original quality in OS X Yosemite, El Capitan and more. Besides Premiere, this software can also export professional encoders like DNxHD for Avid, ProRes for Final Cut Pro, AIC MOV for iMovie and more. For Windows users, Video Converter is the alternative choice. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Guide: DJI Phantom 4K video files to Adobe Premiere Pro best workflow

Step 1: Add DJI Phantom 4 4k videos

Install and launch the DJI Phantom 4 Video Converter, and then click "Add Files" button to import your Phantom 4 4K clips to the software.

Tip: If you wanna combine 4k video clips into one file, you can click the "Merge into one" box.



Step 2: Choose output format

Click "Format" pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well.



Step 3: Convert Phantom 4 4k video to Premiere Pro

Click the Convert button under the preview window; the converter will start encoding DJI Phantom 4 4K MP4/MOV for importing to Premiere Pro.

Some more helpful features of the DJI 4k Video Converter:

1. Settings- Click it to customize audio and video parameters Video Codec, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels. We advise you to adjust the A/V parameters to be the same with source MP4/MOV footage so as to bear least quality loss at proper file size. Of course, if you don’t stick with 4K video, you can downsize 4k to 1080p for easier editing on your computer.

2. Editor (next to "Add" icon)- Click to set watermark, trim, crop, add subtitles, etc.

3. If you want to smoothly edit DJI Phantom 4 footage in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6, you just need to choose the "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format; For iMovie, select "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)" in the second step; For Avid Media Composer, choose "Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)" as output.

Soon after the conversion is finished, just click "Open" button to get the converted DJI Phantom 4 footage for editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5/CS6/CC perfectly.

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