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Fix Davinci Resolve Lite Won’t Handle Phantom 4K Video Issue

Fix Davinci Resolve Lite Won’t Handle Phantom 4K Video Issue

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As the free version of the high-end $29.995 color grading suite – Davinci Resolve, Davinci Resolve Lite includes the same high quality processing as the full DaVinci Resolve, however it limits projects to SD and HD resolutions, two color correction nodes, a single processing GPU and a single RED rocket card. For DJI Phantom users who have recorded some 4K H.265 and H.264 footage with DJI Phantom 4 Pro+, H.265 video with DJI Phantom 4 Pro or H.264 files with DJI Phantom 4, you may be disappointed to find thatDavinci Resolve Lite fails to handle Phantom 4K video due to both the incompatible file resolution and recording codec used by the camera, the following article will show you a simple workflow to smoothly load the phantom footage into this free editing suite for high quality and high performance editing workflow.

Compress Phantom 4K video to 1080p

As we have stated above, the free version Davinci Resolve Lite lacks the capability to handle 4K resolution video, therefore, to get a smooth editing workflow of DJI Phantom 4K video with Davinci Resolve Lite, it would be necessary for you to compress Phantom 4K to 1080p which Davinci Resolve can work with.

Davinci Resolve Lite supported file formats

Since Davinci Resolve Lite includes the same high quality processing as the Full Davinci Resolve, therefore, you can import the file formats supported by Davinci Resolve listed below into Davinci Resolve Lite. From Davinci Resolve 12.5 supported formats and codecs, we get the information that you can load the H.264 or H.265 codec with the following specification into Davinci Resolve:


File Extension




H.264 8 bit



H.264 (Sony XAVCs)



H.264 8 bit



HEVC H.265



HEVC H.265

From above lists, we can see that Davinci Resolve Lite can handle H.264 MOV or MP4 with QuickTime container format, H.264 MP4 file with MP4 container file format or HEVC/H.265 MOV or MP4 file with QuickTime container file format. The 4K video recorded by DJI Phantom camera are usually recorded in either H.264 or H.265 codec with MP4 or MOV container file format. To successfully load the DJI Phantom 4K H.264 or H.265 file into Davinci Resolve, you will still need to change the container file format from MP4 or MOV to QuickTime MOV besides the resolution compression process listed above.

Convert and rewrap Phantom 4K for Davinci Resolve Lite

If you are looking for a one stop solution get the job done, we highly recommend Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (review) to you. The program not only assist you to rewrap DJI Phantom 4K H.264/H.265 MOV or MP4 to Davinci Resolve Lite compatible H.264/H.265 QuickTime file, but also facilitates you to compress DJI Phantom 4K to 1080p or 720p for smooth post editing workflow with Davinci Resolve Lite.

Edit DJI Phantom 4K with built-in editing functions

Before loading the DJI Phantom 4K video into Davinci Resolve Lite for professional color grading, you can do a lot of simple video editing tasks with the program’s built-in editing functions. You can flip video horizontally or vertically, rotate video clockwise or counterclockwise to get it displayed in the right angle, trim or cut video to remove unwanted parts or segments, crop video to cut off unwanted black borders or area, split large video into small parts by file size, count or length, merge separate video clips into one, deinterlace interlaced video into progressive form, adjust picture effect like brightness, contrast, saturation or apply special rendering effects like Gray, Flip Color or Aged Flim, etc to your video or add external SRT/ASS/SSA subtitles to videos.

Pavtube Video Converter for Mac is available on macOS Sierra 10.12, Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11, Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 and Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9, it is also accompanied with a Windows version – Pavtube Video Converter for Windows 10/8.1/8/7. The program is pretty simple to use, anyone can learn to use in minutes. What’s more, the results produced by the program are pretty high quality, you can’t tell the difference between the converted video and the original 4K video.

How to Rewrap and Compress DJI Phantom 4K Video for Davinci Resolve Lite Editing?

Step 1: Load DJI Phantom 4K files into the program.

Start the program on your computer, click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from folder” to import DJI Phantom 4K H.264 or H.265 files into the program.

Load DJI Phantom 4K files

Step 2: Define the output format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, output Davinci Resolve Lite compatible editing format H.264 QuickTime file or H.265 QuickTime file.

Step 3: Compress 4K to 1080p.

Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, under video section. From “Size(pix)” drop-down list, select “1920*1080″ to compress Phantom 4K to 1080p, you can also do other settings such as video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.

Step 4: Edit DJI Phantom 4K video.

On the top tool bar on the main interface, click the pencil like icon to open “Video Editor” window, you can trim Blu-ray movies to remove the unwanted parts by setting the start and end time, crop to remove the black borders or unwanted area by dragging the dash line around the video frame, flip video, add text/image/video watermark, change video picture effect, replace/remove audio in video, add external subtitles, etc.

Edit DJI Phantom 4K video

Step 5: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from DJI Phantom 4K to Davinci Resolve Lite compatible editing format and resolution.

When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then feel free to load the compatible DJI Phantom 1080p video into Davinci Resolve Lite for professional post editing workflow.


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