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Editing Phantom 4 4K with iMovie (iMovie 11 included)

Editing Phantom 4 4K with iMovie (iMovie 11 included)

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The DJI Phantom 4 is the smartest flying camera drone from DJI, allowing you to capture superb aerial images on your iPhone or iPad. Not only does it fly intelligently with a tap and automatically create seamless tracking shots, it can autonomously avoid obstacles and do much more. It can shoot 4K video at 30fps, full HD 1080p video at up to 120fps for crisp slow motion, and 12 megapixel photos in DNG RAW for full editing creativity. And usually the Phantom 4 recorded 4K videos like MOV, MP4 etc. Next we show you how to import Phantom 4 4K with iMovie for smooth editing. 

How to Import Phantom 4 4K Videos into iMovie? 

You may have existing video that you want to use in your final blockbuster — video that’s already on your Mac’s hard drive or SSD. Perhaps it’s a project you previously created in iMovie (the old version), or video from a digital still or camera phone that resides in iPhoto. Or maybe you want to incorporate video on a CD or DVD. 

To import iMovie projects or other videos on your hard drive (or other disks) from Finder, select a file or cmd+click to select multiple files and drag them from Finder to the Event in the Libraries list in iMovie. By the way, these files need not be just video files; as you’ll discover, you can grab photos and audio files, too. 

As an alternative, you can import media by clicking the Import button on the toolbar and selecting content in the Devices section of the Sidebar. You can also summon the Import window by choosing File→Import Media. 

Videos that you’ve already downloaded to your iPhoto library are readily accessible in iMovie. At the top of the iMovie Sidebar is a Libraries list, which is essentially the content library at your moviemaking disposal. 

iMovie automatically supplies a library for iPhoto, and for Apple’s Aperture as well, assuming that you own that program too. Merely click iPhoto Library in the list, and choose the Event you want. The only caveat is that the video must be in a compatible iMovie format. 

How to Import incompatible Phantom 4 4K Videos into iMovie? 

As for DJI Phantom 4, stabilized 4K video capture (up to 4096×2160 24 / 25p, 60 Mbps, in Phantom 4 4K / MOV container with MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 codec ), importing and editing them with iMovie it will appeare some errors due to the complicated Phantom 4 4K and MOV formats and the high 4K resolution. Just firstly look at the following iMovie friendly formats


In order to add 4K Phantom 4 4K/MOV Videos from Phantom 4 to iMovie for editing, you need to convert Phantom 4 4K video to iMovie compatible format first, and then import them into iMovie to edit. Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac is a professional yet free 4K to iMove converting software for Mac (OS X 10.11 included) that can transfer Phantom 4 4K to iMovie free with fast ripping speed and high video quality. What’ more, it also can compress the Phantom 4 4K to 1080p on Mac easily. 


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Easy solution to encode Phantom 4 4K files to iMovie (11) 

Step 1: Load Phantom 4 4K files to the program 

Launch the Phantom 4 4K to iMovie Converter and click “Add video” button to locate the .Phantom 4 4K file(s) you want to add. Check the “Merge into one file” box, you can join several .Phantom 4 4K clips together if necessary. 


Step 2: Choose iMovie preferred format 

Click “Format” pull down list to select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as the best video format for iMovie (11). 


Step 3: Edit the Phantom 4 4K videos (Optional) 

By clicking “Edit selected task” button, you can trim, crop the video, or add watermark, adjust effect, attaching subtitles for pre-editing your video files so that you can simplify your iMovie editing. 

Trim – Choose to reserve the part you need. Just choose the chapter which you need to trim, to set “start time” or “end time”, type the portion which you want to save. 

Crop – Remove black edges of your video or just get the scale of this video you want. 

Effect – Adjust the effects by adjusting the parameters, such as: 

1) Deinterlacing – If there are some stripes on the picture, you can check this option to make a better picture effect. (Checked by default) 

2) Under Effect tab, you can add special effects like Simple Gauss Blur, Flip Color, Invert, Aged Film to your source video. In Color Control section, you can correct color by adjusting brightness, contrast, and saturation. 

Audio Editor – You can replace/remove original audio, and set audio fade in/out effects. 

Subtitle – You can add *.srt or *.ass/*.ssa subtitles to the video as hard subtitles. 

Step 4: Adjust the video, audio settings (Optional) 

Click “Settings” to fix the frame rate, bitrate, video size, etc to your needs. To have a smooth editing with iMovie, you need create the files with the appropriate resolution and frame rate that matches your source footage. 

Step 4: Start Phantom 4 4K to iMovie conversion 

Click “Convert” button at the bottom right corner to finish endocing Phantom 4 4K to AIC .mov for iMovie (11) on Mac OS X. After the conversion, click “Open” to locate the encoded videos and then launch iMovie,choose File > Import > Movies…, to import the converted Phantom 4 4K video into iMovie; prepare for editing. You will find that it’s just a piece of cake to edit Phantom 4 4K files in iMovie (11). 

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