The DJI Inspire 2 records 4K video in H.265 codec. For Mac users, when the shooting is completed, you wish come the ideal to load the 4K footage into iMovie for some professional editing workflow. The following article will show you how to achieve a high quality and high performance workflow of Inspire 2 4K video with iMovie.
Can iMovie handle 4K video?
Before going any further, we should first be clear of whether iMovie has the ability to handle 4K resolution video. Apple has updated iMovie 10.1 for Mac with support for 4K editing. To edit 4K video with iMovie for Mac, you Mac must be from 2011 or later with at least 4GB of RAM.To play back 4K video in full resolution, you will need an iMac with Retina display or Mac Pro connected to a 4K display.
Which 4K format can iMovie handle?
Although iMovie can handle 4K resolution video, however, it doesn’t mean that you can throw any 4K video to it. From iMovie supported file formats, we can see that iMovie only handle 4K 4K MP4 or 4K QuickTime MOV formats. Unfortunately, the 4K H.265 video recorded with DJI Inspire 2 is unfortunately excluded from iMovie supported file formats.
Convert DJI Inspire 2 4K H.265 for iMovie editing
To load DJI Inspire 2 4K H.265 into iMovie editing, it would be much ideal for you to transcode 4K H.265 to iMovie supported 4K MP4 or 4K QuickTime MOV file formats. If you wish to get a high quality and high performance iMovie workflow, it would be much ideal for you to encode DJI Inspire 2 4K H.265 into Apple Prores formats, which offers the following great benefits during post video editing.
– Supports all of the current frame size such as SD, HD, 2K, 4K and 5K
– Encoding with variable bitrate to be economical with video storage, without damaging the visuals.
– Best codec choice for any work relating to a project that needs a quick turnaround time
– As a 10 bit codec, Apple Prores can process a lot of more color data and make the color correction process easier.
Here, you can get the job easily completed with a powerful yet simple to use application called Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (review). The program can assist you to convert DJI Inspire 2 to Apple Prores in various different file types including Apple Prores 422, Apple Prores 422 HQ, Apple Prores 422 Proxy and Apple Prores 422 LT. If you are running a slow Mac computer, you can take good advantage of Apple Prores 422 Proxy and Apple Prores 422 LT to create small file resolution video for smooth post editing workflow. However, if your computer are powerful enough to handle multicam and high-resolution video and you are going to do many effects editing work with FCP X, you’d better choose to output “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)”or “Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)”for better performance.
Pavtube Video Converter for Mac keeps constant update for the new Mac OS, therefore, feel free to install and download it on your Mac computer even if you have recently made an operating system update. The program itself is very easy to use, no matter experienced user or fresh could handle it very well. The result file produced with the program are pretty high quality, the quality of the converted video is almost identical to the original video.
How to Encode DJI Inspire 2 4K to Prores Format for iMovie Editing?
Step 1: Import DJI Inspire 2 4K videos.
From “File”drop-down option, select “add Video/Audio”to add source DJI Inspire 2 4K videos files into the program.
Step 2: Select output file format.
Click “Format”bar, from its drop-down list, select iMovie high quality and high performance workflow editing format – Apple Prores codec. If your Mac computer is powerful enough to handle 4K video, it would be ideal for you to choose “Apple Prores 422(*.mov)” or “”Apple Prores 422(HQ)(*.mov)”for high quality performance on iMovie.
If you have a underpowered Mac computer, it is ideal for you to output “Apple Prores 422(Proxy)(*.mov)” or “Apple Prores 422(LT)(*.mov)” with small file resolution for smooth workflow with iMovie.
Step 4: Start the conversion process.
After all the settings is over, go back to the main interface and hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to convert DJI Inpsire 2 4K video to iMovie best compatible Apple Prores editing format.
When the conversion is completed, launch iMovie on your Mac computer to import converted video to iMovie for smooth editing workflow on either fast or slow Mac computer.