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The Best 4K Video Converter - Convert Videos and Reduce File Sizes

Summary: This article will introduce the best 4K video converter to you and show you how to convert format (remux / transcode) 4K HEVC/VP9 videos, change resolution (downscale / upscale) a 4K video, e.g., 4K to 1080p or 1080p to 4K.

4K resolution refers to 4096x2160 or 3840x2160 pixels and has gained paramount importance in the field of commercial digital cinema. The growing popularity of large screen televisions has added inertia to the acceptability of 4K resolution around the globe. Compared with 1080p, it provides a lot more detailed and less pixelated output. 1080p gets lacklustre once the television screen size crosses over the 65-inches threshold. 4K on the other hand can ensure the clarity of image even when the screen size increases.

However, both the 4K resolution and its codec/format are not supported universally, which leads to the requirement of video conversion in the form of downscaling and transcoding. Under transcoding, encoded content is decoded and changes are made to the same followed with recompressing. Downscaling as the name implies, refers to lowering of the video resolution for aiding in its editing and conversion.

4K Resolution

4K Resolution

The market is filled with a large number of 4K video converters, but many of them might not provide you with desired results. This is exactly where VideoProc can come to your direct rescue with state of art features which can benefit both amateur and professional users around the globe. VideoProc can download and convert 4K videos and provide smoother and faster results while diminishing CPU usage on the go in stark contrast to its peer online 4K video converters.

Download this 4K-capable video software for free and solve all problems pertaining to 4K content.

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Part 1: How to Convert & Transcode 4K Videos with the 4K Video Converter

4K videos are encoded using next-generation codecs which are not universally compatible such as VP9, HEVC and AV1. Most hardwares are not compatible with 4K codecs whereas the H.264 codec is a lot more popular. Videos compressed using H.264 codec can be used for streaming movies and TV shows. This makes it necessary for users to transcode the videos to H264 and similar codecs which might be compatible with your target devices.

Transcoding makes it possible to re-encode a video stream into multiple formats like HLS or MPEG. It also bridges the gap between production, post-production, archiving and distribution while enabling media exchange between a plethora of devices. Top media service providers such as Netflix can be seen making rampant usage of transcoding which helps them in catering to the user base in a better fashion. In this way, they can accommodate the video streaming bitrate on the basis of available bandwidth, device being used and codec supported.

Steps to Convert a 4K Video Using VideoProc

You can avail the benefits of this 4K file converter by following the steps mentioned below:

Step 1. You need to download and launch the HD/4K video converter software and click on the Video tab from the main interface.

Step 2. You will have to click on the '+Video' button for importing either a single or multiple 4K videos which you wish to work on from your local drive or download 4K videos online by tapping "Download" on the main interface.

Step 3. Now you need to click on the 'Video' tab appearing at the bottom of the interface. Here you will be presented with various video formats for selecting the resultant output format. It is advisable to choose 4K H264 as the final output if you wish to main the same UHD quality.

Convert 4K HEVC to 4K H264

Convert 4K HEVC to 4K H264

Step 4. You can also make changes to video resolution by clicking the 'Codec Option' button. From the 'Video Codec Options' you can make changes to the resolution tab.

Step 5. Once you are done making all the changes, you will simply have to click on 'RUN' button.

Part 2: How to Downscale & Resize 4K Videos with the 4K Video Converter

Users sometimes downsize a 4K video to 1080p or 720p for saving the storage or for faster sharing. But there are more other reasons.

Playing 4K content might consume a tremendous amount of graphic memory, RAM and processor. This is the main reason behind lags faced by users while trying to play 4K videos. Most computer monitors function till date in 1080p resolution. If you wish to bring home a 4K monitor, then you will have to pay an exuberant price.

Downscale 4K to 1080p

Downscale 4K to 1080p

Besides, not all of the video editing programs are compatible with 4K editing. And even when they are compatible, some might face problems pertaining to clutters and crashes. This makes it necessary to downscale the 4K videos (even if it is downloaded from the YouTube ) to 1080p for being shared over different social media sites.

On being downscaled, it becomes easier to play, edit and share 4K videos.

Steps to Downscale a 4K Video to 1080p or 720p HD Quality

VideoProc can help you downsize 4K video in a lossless manner. For this, you need to undertake the steps listed below:

Step 1. You will have to download and launch the 4K video converter and click on the Video button from the primary interface.

Step 2. Now you will again have to hit the '+Video' button for importing the clip you wish to downsize.

Step 3. Next you will have to make your choice amongst different target output formats. If you are not very confident about format selection, then you can directly choose the display device. The MP4 H264 is a popular HD codec which can serve as a viable output format.

Step 4. You can downscale the video by clicking on 'Codec Option' which resembles a blue gear. Here you can choose 1920x1080 or 1280x720 as the output resolution. You can even toggle with the slider to gain a better output quality.

Downscale 4K Video to 1080p

Downscale 4K Video to 1080p

Step 5. Ultimately, you will have to click on 'Run' to initiate the process.

Final Words:

VideoProc is a popular 4K video editor and converter which can polish up your captured footages and impart a professional look and feel to the same. You can make use of this free available 4K video conversion software for applying different visual effects and filters like Mirror, Grayscale, Edge and Sharpen. Videos can also be fine-tuned in terms of contrast, brightness, gamma, hue, saturation and colors. Diverse subtitle features help in enabling, disabling and exporting subtitles of movies and TV episodes. It also becomes possible to add watermark, remove noise, fix fisheye, stabilize video and carry out a lot of other functionalities once you download this intuitive tool.

4K Video Converter FAQ

Is there any 4K video converter online?

Yes. There are some online video converter utilities that support 4K and full HD (1080p, for example, clipchamp and HDconvert. But it will be slow to convert a large 4K video online, so we suggest you download and use desktop converter software.

How do I convert 4K to 1080p for free?

You can convert 4K to 1080p in VLC for free: open VLC -> import your 4K video(s) - > click Add to load the source video -> choose an output format -> click Video Codec -> Edit Profile to set Video Resolution as 1080p or 2K if you want to downscale your 4K video -> press Start to start conversion.

How do I convert 4K to MP4?

VideoProc, with Level-3 GPU Acceleration technology, has the perfect support for ultra HD video, as well as lengthy videos, high bitrate and frame rate videos. It has a most complete list of output formats, including different MP4 profiles, including MPEG4, MP4 H264, MP4 HEVC, 4K H264, MP4 format for iPhone, iPad, iTunes, TVs, Android mobiles, Huawei / Sony / Samsung / Microsoft devices, as well as YouTube, Facebook and so on for social sharing.


Nicole Moore

Nicole Moore is a self-motivated, creative copywriter with four years of marketing and advertising experience, specializing in video, audio, images, advertisements, news digital content etc. With a partiality for travelling and shooting, Nicole also loves video post-production and is keen on sharing her video processing tips and latest masterpieces to social media.

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