Tutorials Guide You to Edit DJI Mavic Air 4K with After Effects

Drones make our dream flying in the sky like a bird to come ture. There is no doubt that DJI is the winner in the Drone market and makes itself different from competitors. Some models of DJI drones like DJI Phantom 4 Pro, DJI Inspire, and the lastest model DJI Mavic Air, can record video files with 4k resolution(4096*2160, 3840*2160) in H.264 or H.265 codec. After recording the DJI flight 4k video, many people would like to edit Mavic Air 4k with Adobe After Effects for postproduction.

As problems shown on DJI forum, it’s very jerky when play DJI Mavic Air 4k 100Mbps bitrate video with After Effects. And most of all, the final render file will be very large after postproduction, it bring many obstacles if you want to upload the works to Youtube, Facebook for sharing. In fact, the 4k video playback and edit including DJI Mavic Air 4k recordings with After Effects has strict requirements on the computer’s processor and graphics chip. Sometimes, even if your computer meets the requirements, you may find that DJI 4K video plays back choppy. This is due to the immense processing power required to play or render the 4k footage. In the next passgae, you will get best way to handle the problems above.

Method: Downscale DJI Mavic Air 4K Video to 1080p for After Effects Postproduction

The compress process is easy with Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. This video converter is not designed only for 4K video but for practically any type of video even including Blu-ray and DVD as a source. It can convert DJI Mavic Air 4K video, DJI Phantom 4K video, DJI Phantom Professional 4K video, DJI Inspire 2/1 4K video to 4K H.264 MP4 or compress DJI 4K video to 1080p for After Effects. The "Batch conversion" and "Drag-and-Drop" features will make the process much easier to operate.

Moreover, it allows you to customize video parameters and edit the footage before you load in After Effects. If you are familiar with the video parameters, you can adjust video audio codec, bit rate, resolution, frame rate, channels, etc to make the 4k footage more compatible with After Effects. You also can trim to cut video length, adjust DJI 4K brightness, saturation, remove or replace audio in the video, add external subtitles to the 4k footage to make your video easier to understand.

Steps to Convert DJI 4K Video to After Effects

Step 1: Add 4K videos

Open the 4K video converter program, click “File” menu, from its drop-down option, select “Add Video/Audio” to load DJI Mavic Air 4K video to the program. If you have Blu-ray and DVD that want to edit with After Effects, you also can load them to rip to this non-linear editing software.

load 4K video

Step 2: Choose output file format

From “Format” bar drop-down list, choose the formats that you want to output for later use. For compatibility consideration, it is idea for you to choose “HD Video” > “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” as output file format.

output formats

Open “Profile Settings” window, click “Size(pix)” to select 1920*1080 as the final resolution for output video. In this way, the DJI Mavic Air 4K video can be downscaled to 1080p then you can play and edit it with After Effects smoothly.

downscale 4k

Step 3: Convert DJI 4K video to After Effects

After all the settings is completed, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start to convert and downscale DJI 4K video to 1080p format videos. When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated HD DJI video files. Now you will be free to load the converted video to After Effects for further editing.

Note: When you get a very large render files, you also can downscale video bit rate to make the file smaller, so that you can upload it to Youtube, Facebook for sharing with thousand of friends.

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