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How to Convert/Downscale 4K to 2K/1080P/720P

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It seems that downscaling 4K video to 2K/1080P/720Pwould be a technically tricky issue. Even though those professional workflows or NLE systems like Red Scarlet-X and Premiere CS6 can't (or are very difficult to) achieve this goal. Well, don't worry! No matter you want to convert 4K to 2K in ProRes or get 4K downscaled to 1080P/720P for smoothly playback on your mobile devices like iPad 4, just keep reading this post, which provides you the easiest way to convert/downscale 4K video, 4K footage, 4K program, etc. to 2K/1080P/720P in ProRes or any other popular format, without cropping off the original image, and with the best video quality kept!

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For preparation, you need to get a professional 4K Video Converter to help. Recommended free download is provided above. Here we use the Windows version for illustration. For Mac users, please download the 4K Video Converter for Mac Below is a step-by-step tutorial on how to convert/downscale 4K to 2K/1080P/720P:


Import the 4K videos to the converter

First and foremost, add the source 4K videos to the program. You can either directly drag and drop the files onto the main panel, or click the "Add Files" icon to locate the videos. You can add and convert more than one file at a time.

add avi files


Choose output video format

This smart 4K Video Converter provides a scale of optimal output video formats and presets for all popular mobile devices, applications, etc. Before downscaling the 4K videos, choose one of the output formats as per your need. For example:
To convert 4K to 2K in ProRes, choose "Profile" >"Final Cut Pro" > "Apple ProRes 422 MOV".
To get 4K downscaled to 1080P/720P for playback portable devices like iPad mini, choose "Profile" > "Apple Device" > "iPad mini(*.mp4)″.
For any other format, just browse or search the it in the list.

set the output format


Set output resolution

OK, now you can set the exact output video resolution. Press the "Settings" button beside the "Profile" bar, a pop-up window where you can set the video resolution will appear.

Note: If you choose "ProRes" or "HD Video" as the output format, you can customize the exact output resolution as you like (as large as 4,096×3,112). If you choose other output format (mobile devices not included), the maximum output resolution will be 2,000*2,000.
If you aim to downscale the 4K video to mobile devices, just choose "smart fit" and the converter will smartly adjust the best fit output resolution for you.

set resolution


Start downscaling 4K

After all the settings are done, finally you can begin to downscale the 4K videos. Hit on the big green "Start" button on the lower right, and then the smart converter will automatically launch and finish the conversion for you. Generally speaking, 4K videos are very large in size, so please be more patient for the conversion.


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