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Compress GoPro Hero 7 4K to 1080p

Compress GoPro Hero 7 4K to 1080p

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4K video shot with GoPro Hero 7

- 3840 x 2160p at 24/30/60 fps (78 Mb/s MP4 via H.264)
- 3840 x 2160p at 24/30/60 fps (78 Mb/s MP4 via H.265)

Why compress GoPro Hero 7 4K to 1080p?

4K video requires a lot of storage space

It is well known that 4K video is significantly larger than 1080p and as a result requires a lot of storage space. Therefore, if you try to record GoPro Hero 7 4K video with the H.264 codec, it will eat a lot of space of your computer hard drive or portable devices internal memory. The good news is that you can save space by using the High Efficiency Video Compression (HEVC) recording format to cut large files about half their size without losing any image quality.

Poor devices, applications and platform compatibility

Although you can save a lot of space to record 4K video by using the HEVC/H.265 codec, however, you will be disappointed to find that you get no luck to play GoPro Hero 7 4K H.265/EVC video on the main stream media players, portable devices or uploading and sharing on the popular social networking sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

Often suffering video playback stuttering issue

Sometimes, even your devices, applications support the playback of 4K H.264 or 4K H.265 video, you may still find that 4K video plays back very choppy. This is due to the immense processing power required to play 4K.

Different ways to compress GoPro Hero7 4K to 1080p

Compress with VLC

VLC is mainly famous for its multimedia playback capability, however, it can also be used as a professional 4K video compressor to assist you to easily compress GoPro Hero 7 4K to 1080p. Following are the step by step video guide from YouTube.

Downscale with Handbrake

Downscale with Handbrake

Handbrake is recommended to be used as an easy solution to optimize 4K video compression. You can follow the steps below:

Step 1: Launch Handbrake and import GoPro Hero 7 4K video.
Step 2: Specify the output folder and name for the resulting file.
Step 3: Choose a preset from the far-right side of the Handbrake window. You can select the 1080p30 to compress GoPro Hero 4K video.
Step 4: Choose the Container under Output Settings. MP4 is recommended for its broad compatibility.
Step 5: Tweak video audio parameters.
Step 6. Click Start Encode on the top menu bar to begin to compress GoPro Hero 7 4K to 1080p

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Solution 3: Compress GoPro Hero 7 4K to 1080p with Pavtube Video Converter

If you are looking for a powerful yet simple to use application to get the job done, we highly recommend Pavtube Video Converter to you. The program has perfect loading support for not only the 4K H.264 but also the 4K H.265 video shot with GoPro Hero 7 camera. Thanks for its batch conversion mode, you can import multiple GoPro Hero 4K video at one time for conversion. It allows you to easily compress GoPro Hero 4K to 1080p, 720p or even smaller file resolution with less file size for space saving storage and time saving uploading. What’s more, it also assists you to decode H.265 to H.264 so that you can conveniently view on computer with media players, transfer to portable devices or uploading to YouTube/Vimeo/Facebook/Instagram for more audience sharing. To get the best output result, you can flexibly adjust output profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like.

Trim/Crop/Split GoPro Hero 7 4K video

For those people who are unwilling to suffer any quality loss, you can take good advantage of the video trimming, cropping and splitting functions to reduce 4K video file size while keep the same quality. You can trim or cut video unwanted segments by setting the start and ending time, crop the video to remove the black edges or unwanted size area or split a large Hero 7 4K video into smaller file size, counter or length.

For your great convenience, Pavtube Video Converter is also available on Mac platform (get Mac version) including macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite, etc.

Step by Step to Compress GoPro Hero 7 4K to 1080p

Step 1: Load GoPro Hero 7 4K video.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import source GoPro Hero 7 4K video files into the program.

Load GoPro Hero 7 4K video

Step 2: Define the output format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, for space saving and playback compatibility, it would be much ideal for you to choose “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.

Choose output file format

Step 3: Adjust output file resolution.

Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, in the video section, from “Size(pix)” drop-down list, select “1980×1020″ or other smaller file resolution according to your own needs. You can also tweak other settings such as lower output video bit rate, frame rate to reduce the output file size, make sure to make a balance between the file size and quality.

Compress 4K to 1080p

Step 3: Trim/Crop/Split GoPro Hero 7 4K video.

Select an item first to activate the Edit menu. When a video or movie is selected, click the pencil like Edit icon on the left top tool bar to open the video editor window.


In the video editor window, choose the “Trim” tab and this tab is selected by default when the editing window appears. You can use the trim function to cut off unwanted parts from start and end. You can either drag pointers on the process bar or set exact time point in Start and End boxes to set.

Trim video length


In the video editor window, navigate to the “Crop” tab. You can crop video by dragging and dropping the crop frame to simply move your mouse cursor to drag and adjust the green frame to desired position.

Crop video file size

Split large file into small

Click the split button on the file list to launch the Video Split window. Ticking “Enable” option, you can split the file by file count, time length, or file size.

Split large video

Step 4: Start the final conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin GoPro Hero 7 4K to 1080p H.264 compression or conversion process.

When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then you can smoothly and conveniently play, edit and share the GoPro Hero 7 video footage as you like.


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