Importing DJI Phantom 4 4K footage to Premiere Pro CC/CS6

If you have any issue when importing DJI Phantom 4 4K files to Adobe Premiere Pro, just follow this simple guide, which offers you a quick fix for the problems with DJI Phantom 4 4K footage and Premiere Pro.


If you’re looking for the easiest drone to fly with the most flight time, features and great video quality, the Phantom 4 is the only option that I would recommend to just about anyone. It shoots DCI 4K (4096 X 2160) video and UHD 4K (3480 X 2160) video compressed with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec in MOV wrapper. Overall we are expecting the image to be most exciting from the DJI Phantom 4. The point here, you will find it a painful experience to import DJI Phantom 4 4K to Adobe Premiere. And there’re some frequently asked questions quoted as below.

“I’m wondering if anyone out there has experience with the 4K footage the Phantom 4 produces and how it plays with Premiere Pro CC. If so, do you have any suggested export settings to get the most resolution out of the footage – without having to buy a new server farm. Does Premiere Pro import the footage natively, or does it have to be converted first?”

Actually, Adobe Premiere Pro can work with MP4, MOV file format. However, a compressed output MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 MP4/MOV from Phantom 3 is not ideal for editing. What’s more, Adobe PP CS6, CC can handle 4K files without much problem, but it is extremely hardware intensive. To solve those problems, the quick workaround is to transcode DJI Phantom 4 4K files to Adobe Premiere natively supported formats. Along with some help from third-party software like EaseFab Video Converter for Mac, it can be done effortlessly. Here I share a simple guide on how to convert DJI Phantom 4 4K for editing in Adobe Premiere Pro smoothly. If you’re facing the issues, read on to find the answer.

Overall, the program is the best Mac Video Converter for DJI Phantom 4/3/2 footage, which will create an Adobe Premiere Pro friendly file format- MPEG-2 keeping the original quality in OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion and more. Besides Premiere, this software can also export professional encoders like DNxHD for Avid, ProRes for Final Cut Pro, AIC MOV for iMovie and more. Just with the program, you can edit DJI Phantom 3 4K in FCP/Premiere/Avid smoothly. For Windows users, Video Converter is the alternative choice. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Converting DJI Phantom 4 4K footage for editing in Premiere Pro

Step 1: Add Phantom 4 4K videos

Install and launch the 4K Video Converter, and then click “Add Files” button to import your DJI Phantom 4 4K clips to the software.


Step 2: Choose the output format

Click “Profile” pull down list to select “Vegas/Premiere (MPEG-2)” as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well.


Tip: Click Settings to customize audio and video parameters Video Codec, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels. We advise you to downsize 4k to 1080p for easier editing on your computer. Of course, if you stick with 4K video, you can keep the original video size.

Step 3: Convert DJI Phantom 4 4K files

Click the Convert button under the preview window; the converter will start encoding DJI Phantom 4 4K MP4/MOV for importing to Premiere Pro

Soon after the conversion is finished, just click “Open” button to get the converted DJI Phantom 4 4K footage for editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4 perfectly.

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