The camera of DJI Phantom 4 shoots DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) video at 24/25 fps and UHD 4K (3480 x 2160) at up to 30 fps. For Mac users who own the newest iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4 or iPad Air 3, you may come the needs to transfer DJI Phantom 4 4K video onto iPad for viewing on the move. The following article will show you how to open and play DJI Phantom 4 4K on iPad Pro/Mini/Air.
Before going any further, first we should be clear what 4K file formats are shoot by DJI Phantom and whether iPad can handle 4K video recorded by DJI Phantom 4.
4K formats captured by DJI Phantom 4
The DJI Phantom 4 records up to 60 Mbps 4K video in a MOV wrapper which is compressed with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression codec.
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) frame rate: 24p, 25p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) frame rate: 24p, 25p, 30p
Can iPad handle 4K video from DJI Phantom 4?
Although the new iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Air 2 have the capability to playback 4K video, however, all those iPad models have the following strict requirements on the 4K video to be played on them:
Video codec: H.264 High Profile level 4.2
Video Resolution: Up to 4K
Video Frame rate: 30 fps
Audio codec: AAC-LC
Audio bit rate: 160Kbps
Audio sample rate: 48kHz
Concluded from above, we can see that iPad Pro/Air 2/Mini4 can playback DJI Phantom 4 4K video, however, due to the incompatible video codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and other issues, you won’t get the best picture effect when viewing DJI Phantom 4 4K video on iPad. To fix those profile parameters issue, you can seek help from Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac, which can do you a great favor to flexibly adjust the output profile parameters to iPad Pro/Air 2/Mini 4 most favorable playback video codec as H.264, audio codec as AAC, video frame rate as 30 fps, audio bit rate as 160Kbps, audio sample rate as 48kHz.
Compress DJI Phantom 4 4K for old iPad models
For those people who are using the previous iPad models such as iPad Air, iPad Mini 3/2 or iPad 4/3/2, etc that not support 4K video playback, it would be a good ideal for you to use the program to compress 4K to 1080p by outputting the H.264 HD format.
Besides converting DJI Phantom 4 4K to iPad, you can also use the program to directly output specific iPad models preset profile formats with best playback settings.
How to Convert and Play DJI Phantom 4 4K on iPad Pro/Air/Mini?
Step 1: Transfer DJI Phantom 4 4K video to Mac.
You can either connect the camera to your Mac with its built-in USB cable or pull the micro SD card from the camera and insert it into the SD card adapter on your Mac computer if it has one.
Step 2. Import DJI Phantom 4 4K files.
Drag & drop Phantom 4 4K video into Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac after launching it. Or click the Add video button to locate the Phantom 4 4K files you want to add.
Step 3: Choose output file format.
Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down options, choose to output iPad compatible 4K file formats “H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)” from “Common Video” main category.
If your iPad is the previous model that not support 4K video playback, just output “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category to get a smooth playback effect.
Step 4: Adjust output profile parameters.
Click “Settings” to open “Profile Settings” window, here you can flexibly adjust output profile parameters to make them adapt with iPad best playback 4K settings listed above.
Step 5: Begin the conversion process.
After all setting is completed, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to begin the conversion from DJI Phantom 4 4K to iPad supported file formats and settings conversion process.
When the conversion is completed, feel free to sync files from iTunes to iPad Pro/Mini/Air for watching on the move.