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Import DJI Mavic Air 4K Video to Premiere Pro CC

Import DJI Mavic Air 4K Video to Premiere Pro CC

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You’ve just bought the new DJI Mavic Air 4K video camera with all the bells and whistles and shot your first piece of work. You can’t wait to get home and edit the footage for your client imagining how incredible and crisp the video will be. You open Premiere Pro CC, import the Mavic Air 4K files, and within seconds your computer takes a crap as it struggles to render the data intensive footage.

Create Proxy file from Mavic Air 4K video for PPC editing

Time to drop another $2000-3000 on a computer. Not so fast. As a matter of fact, you can create a proxy file with Adobe Premiere Pro for smaller resolution files while editing. For example, you can create duplicate files of your Mavic Air 4K footage in 1980*1020 resolution, edit in Premiere Pro CC using the low resolution 1080p files, and easily export in 4K if desired to link back to the original 4K footage. For those people who don’t have an incredibly fast and expensive computer to edit your 4K footage right now, this is an insanely good alternative that has saved me countless hours of time since. The following part will show the detailed steps to create Proxy files with Premiere Pro CC.

You can create proxies directly from items in the project panel. Choose Create Proxis from the project panel context menu to open the Create Proxies dialog. The menu item is enabled when one or more items in the panel are selected that can be proxied. Premiere Pro can create proxies for master clip project items if they have video, have no captions, and are not growing files. The media must also be online.

Create Proxy dialog

In the Create Proxies dialog you can choose one of several built-in presets to use when transcoding high-resolution originals to create proxies. You can also add presets created in Adobe Media Encoder by clicking the Add Ingest Preset button. You can also choose to create proxies in a “Proxies” directory next to the original media, or in a custom location.

Proxy media creation process

If you allow the progress dialog box to complete, a proxy job is created in Adobe Media Encoder for each of the project items chosen that can be proxied, and an offline proxy is attached to each project item. You can monitor the progress of these jobs in the Premiere Pro Progress panel, or in Adobe Media Encoder.

While the jobs are processed, you can continue to work with the corresponding high-resolution project items in Premiere Pro. When the proxy jobs complete, Premiere Pro automatically switches to displaying the proxy video in the Timeline if Enable Proxies is enabled in the Media preferences panel.

Premiere Pro does not need to remain open while proxy jobs are processed in Adobe Media Encoder. If you quit Premiere Pro before all jobs are complete, any proxies created while Premiere Pro is not running are attached when Premiere Pro is launched and the document is reopened.

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Compress Mavic Air 4K to 1080p

For those people who wish to directly export 1080p video after finishing the editing workflow of Mavic Air 4K with PPC, it would be much ideal for you to compress 4K to 1080p before loading the Mavic Air 4K to Premiere Pro CC.

Here, you can download our best Mac 4K Video Converter – Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (review) to get the job easily completed. The application has perfect loading support for the 4K H.264 MP4/MOV video recorded with DJI Mavic Air camera. It supports batch conversion mode, so that you can import multiple Mavic Air 4K video into the application for conversion at one time to save your precious time.

The program not only assists to your transcode Mavic Air 4K video to Premiere Pro CC supported editing formats, but also does you a great favor to compress Mavic Air 4K to 1080p in smaller file resolution for smooth editing workflow on slow computer or for offline editing. What you need to do is adjust the output file resolution as “1980*1020″ or “1080*720″ in the program’s “Profile Settings” window.

Edit Mavic Air 4K video with built-in editing options

Before loading the Mavic Air 4K video to Premiere Pro CC, you can complete some simple video editing task with the built-in editing options offered by this program. Feel free to trim or cut off video to remove unwanted parts in the beginning or end, crop video to remove the black edges or unwanted size area, add video/image/transparent text watermark, apply special rendering effects, insert external SRT/ASS/SSA subtitles, etc.

For Windows users, you can go to download Pavtube Video Converter to perform the conversion on Windows 10/8.1/8/7.

Step by Step to Compress Mavic Air 4K Video to 1080p for PPC Smooth Editing on Slow Mac computer

Step 1: Load Mavic Air 4K Video into the program.

Open the program, click “File” menu, from its drop-down option, select “Add Video/Audio” to load Mavic Air 4K H.264 MP4/MOV Video to the program.

Load Mavic Air 4K video

Step 2: Choose output file format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select one of Premiere Pro CC supported HD file format “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.

Output Premiere Pro CC supported HD editing formats

Step 3: Compress Mavic Air 4K to 1080p.

Click “Settings” icon on the main interface to open the “Profile Settings” window, from “Size(pix)” drop-down options, select “1920*1080″ or “1080*720″ to compress 4K to 1080p.

Compress Mavic Air 4K to 1080p

Step 4: Edit Mavic Air 4K video.

On the top tool bar on the main interface, click the pencial like icon to open “Video Editor” window, you can trim Mavic Air 4K video 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 Mavic Air 4K video

Step 5: Start the conversion process.

After all settings are done, click right-bottom “Convert” button to begin to convert and compress DJI Mavic Air 4K video to Premiere Pro compatible 1080p or 720p editing codec or resolution.

When the conversion is completed, you will have no problem to import video to Premiere Pro CC for smooth post video editing workflow.


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