Convert/Compress GoPro Hero 5 4K for smoothly playing on Mac

After teasing a new camera for months, GoPro finally has two new models: the $399 Hero5 Black and the $299 Hero5 Session. Maybe you have recorded some 4K videos by GoPro Hero 5. What I is the best way to play GoPro Hero5 4K footages on Mac? Read on to get the solution.
 As we know, the majority of playback, editing work is still being finished in 1080p. In most cases, we still need to downscale most of the GoPro Hero 5 4K video files to 1080p. In fact, you may not see any real differences if you’re not doing much to the footage. One of the huge benefits to 4K, that you can do a lot to the image and retain detail for a beautiful 1080p finish. For those who wanna play and edit 4K GoPro Hero5 videos on old computer (playing a 4K video requires more computing power and it could be more time consuming), we suggest you to convert all GoPro Hero 4K videos to 1080p then play in 1080p and smart-render. 

Although there are numbered tools and utilities can convert and compress the ultra HD videos, few of them can process at a fast speed. Well, Pavtube Video Converter for Mac (read review) is considered to be the best 4K to 1080p converter. It is surely in the support of compressing GoPro Hero5 4K videos to 1080p faultlessly on Mac like for playing on QuickTime, VLC etc. For Windows users, Pavtube Video Converter is the alternative choice. 


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How to play GoPro Hero 4K videos smoothly on Mac (macOS Sierra included)? 

Step 1. Launch the GoPro Hero5 4K Video Converter for Mac; click “Add Video” and load your 4K files from GoPro Hero5 or hard drive. 


Step 2: Click the “Format” drop down list to select output format. If you want to play GoPro Hero 4K videos on decent media player, you’d better set a preset profile that best meets your needs. For instance, if you want to play GoPro Hero 4K videos on VLC smoothly, “HD Video >> H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” would be the best choice. 

Step 3: Click "Settings" button, you can adjust video and audio settings, including codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, and audio channel. To down-convert ultra HD 4K to 1080p, do remember adjusting video size to 1920*1080. That is the exact 1080p.

Step 4: After all settings, you can preview the final result of movie. If you are happy with the effect, you can then pree the "Convert" button on the lower right to launch the conversion. Wait a mement, and then the conversion will be done flawlessly. After conversion, click "open folder" button to locate the converted video files. It would be easier for you to playback GoPro Hero5 4K videos smoothly on Mac.

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