The DJI Inspire 1 v2.0 Pro Quadcopter features the Zenmuse X5 camera and gimbal system along with a 15mm f/1.7 lens. The Zenmuse X5 is able to capture video at up to DCI 4K 4096 x 2160 at 23.98p or UHD 4K at 29.97p. For Premiere Pro users who try to load the Inspire 4K video into the timeline for editing, you may find the video skips and jumps and make it virtually impossible to edit with any real fitness.
Why 4K video choppy playback in Premiere Pro CC timeline?
4K video usually have very large file size and therefore will require a lot of computer power to play that video, if your computer doesn’t meet the minimum requirements to edit 4K video, even the software can handle 4K video, you still can’t avoid the video playback choppy issues.
How to fix 4K video choppy when editing in PPC?
Proxies are low resolution video files that can take the place of larger resolution video files in your timeline. This is important because low-res files can be rendered faster in your video editing app – especially useful for RAW and uncompressed video. Follow the steps below to to work with proxies in Premiere Pro.
1. Name Your Clips
While you should already be correctly naming and indexing your footage before you edit, it is especially important when working with proxies. Your proxy clips should have the same name as your larger clips as this will help with linking later.
2. Export low-res versions in Media Encoder
For your proxies, you’ll want to encode your footage at a lower resolution and bit-rate. For example, if you wanted to make a proxy of a 4096 x 2160 4K MOV file you could create a 1024×540 MOV at a low bit-rate as your proxy. It’s important to use the same file name when exporting the proxies, as this will assist in relinking your footage later. Save your proxies in a separate folder from your original clips.
3. Make your sequence resolution match the camera’s resolution
Instead of creating a sequence that’s the size of the proxy files make a sequence that’s the same resolution of your larger video. Even though you will be editing with the proxy files it will still be important for your sequence settings to be that of your desired output resolution.
4. Import and edit with your video with the low res files
Simply import your proxy files into Premiere and edit like your normally would. When you drop your clips in the larger resolution timeline a box will pop up, select “Keep Existing Settings”. You will now probably notice that your video file is smaller than the program monitor. You can fix this by simply selecting the video in the timeline, right clicking on the video, and selecting “Scale to Frame Size”.
5. Offline your footage after editing
After editing but before adding color correction, offline your footage in the project panel. Simply select all your clips in the project panel. Right click the footage and click “Make Offline”. A box will pop up, make sure “Media Files Remain on Disk” and click OK. Your footage will now pop up red in your program monitor. This is supposed to happen, don’t worry.
6. Link the original/larger files
Right click the first clip in the project panel and click “Link Media” and then click “Locate” in the box that pops up. Now navigate to your original video files and click “select”. If you’ve named your files with the same names and same file extensions then all the clips in your timeline should automatically pop up. If not you, will have to link each file by hand.
Your larger media files will now replace your proxy files. Do your final color grading and polish work. Then, export at full quality.
If you are not intend to export a 4K video from Premiere Pro CC, another good alternative solution for you is compressing 4K to 1080p which will also ensure a smooth editing workflow on any old computer. Here, you can easily make the job done with a remarkable 4K video converter - Pavtube Video Converter, which not allows to compress 4K H.264 footage recorded by DJI Inspire 1 Pro but also downscale other 4K video including 4K H.265, 4K Prores, 4K XAVC/XAVC S, 4K MXF, 4K AVI, 4K WMV, 4K MKV and 4K MOV to 1080p in various different file formats.
For Mac computer, you can switch to download Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to downscale DJI Inspire 1 Pro 4K to 1080p.
How to Compress DJI Inspire 1 Pro 4K to 1080p to Fix 4K Video Choppy Playback in PPC?
Step 1: Import DJI Inspire 1 4K video footage.
Launch the application on your computer, click the “Add Video” or “Add folder” icon to import source DJI 1 Pro 4K files into the program.
Step 2: Set output file format.
From “Format” bar drop-down list, choose one of Premiere Pro CC compatible HD editing file format such as “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category. You can also output other Premiere Pro CC supported editing formats according to your own needs.
Step 3: Adjust output file resolution.
Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, under video section, click “Size(pix)”, from its drop-down list, choose 1920*1080 or 1080*720 to compress 4K to 1080p.
Step 4: Start DJI Inspire 1 Pro 4K video compressing process.
Hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to downscale DJI Inspire 1 Pro 4K video to 1080p. The conversion will start automatically with a progress bar.
You can find the generated files when the conversion is over by hitting “Open output folder” button. Then enjoy a more smooth video editing process of DJI Inspire 1 Pro 4K video with Premeire Pro on Windows or Mac.
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