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How to Compress 4K Video at the Highest Quality?

Have troubles with 4k video compression? Here I want to share with you a quick and simple way to compress 4K video which can preserve video quality and save space on phone, tablet and TV.
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4K resolution, also known as 4K, is one of the trendy tags coming into people's sight in recent years. It’s a newly-emerging resolution standard for Ultra HD, which provides with the ultimate visual experience. With the growing demand of the public, as well as the extraordinary advantage of better watching experience, 4K and above like 8K will definitely become the mainstream standard for digital video in the next couple of years.

4k digital video

4k digital video

We Need to Compress 4K Video to 1080P, 720P, 480P

Limited by many realistic factors (like storage, devices, Internet technology and etc.), 4K video is still such hot potato nowadays. For example, if you happen to get a hot 4K videos on the web, it will be a problem for you to free up some storage space on your hard drive or play it on your smart phone. An original 4K movie is normally more than 200 GB, which means you can keep 10 copies of 4K resolution movies in your 2TB hard drive at most. And also there are other problems as those users came across.

Q: I shot a two-hour 4K video with my camcorder. And the output size is very large, about 400G. How could I compress the video? Is there a smart way to keep original quality?

Q: I recorded a video in 4K. And when I opened the video editor , it can't import the file. Any advice? Please just tell me how to convert 4k to 1080p or how compress 4K to 1080p?

With no doubt, it is a stunning experience to enjoy the visual feast of 4K video! Considering the conflict between the lagging device support and the rapid development of 4K technology, a majority of mainstream devices are unable to play 4K video perfectly, including iPhone and other Android smartphones. And let alone, storage space on the device is that precious. So if you’ve got a 4K movie video and want to transfer it to portable device, the best solution is known as 4K video compression.

How to Compress 4K Video to 1080P or Slower Resolution in the Best Quality?

Bit rate, encoder, resolution, they are the DNA of a video file. The interaction of all of these factors plays as a joint result of video quality. So we can compress 4K video by optimizing its DNA. Here, we can make it easy with this 4k video to 1080p converter that is specialized in HD video solution - HD Video Converter Factory Pro, which can be used as the best video compression program.

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Three simple and effective solutions to optimize & compress 4K video:

Preparation: Free download the high definition video compressor and launch it.

1. Convert 4K video to 1080P or Reduce 4K to 1080P

You can adjust the video resolution by dragging the slider to 1080P as shown in the picture on the right.

4K video file is very huge in size, and you can optimize it for your device by changing video resolution to 1080P full HD. After the compression, you can not only get the acceptable size, but also make it good at playing on portable device as the converter preset ideal parameters for you.

convert 4k video to 1080p

Convert 4k video to 1080p

Tip: this 4K video compressor software has a one-click compression mode. You can select the “Compression Setting” and drag the bar at the bottom to control output video file compression ratio. It’s a real time saver.

2. Optimize with the superior encoder H.265

As we know, most 4K videos are in H.264, the widely-used encoder currently. H.264 is very steady but with low compression ratio. Then, here comes H.265 as its successor. H.265 (also called HEVC) is a new advanced HD video encoder, which leads to a smaller size but better quality. It’s a good way to compress 4K video by optimizing the video encoder and reduce video size without quality loss but keep its high definition.

Choose H.265 in the Output Format Box as your option, click “Run” button to start the process.

optimize 4k video with h.265

Optimize 4k video with h.265

After the optimization, you will get an advanced smaller video file in the same bitrate and resolution. It can not only keep the original frame rate but also optimize the video quality. You can tell us whether you are satisfied with the 4K compression result with H.265 in the discussion below.

3. Reduce the video bitrate

It’s the third way to cut down the video size. You can define the bitrate according to your needs, but it will lower the video quality by reducing the video bitrate.

In the “Settings” window, you can choose the output bitrate as you wish. In order to keep your video in good quality, we don’t recommend reducing the bitrate too much.

reduce 4k video bit rate

Reduce 4k video bit rate

Except for 4K video compression, the powerful HD Video Converter Factory Pro can do more, for instance, you can download 4K resources and download VR video from YouTube and here's a simple guide: Click "Download Video" and paste the video .url into the "ADD URL" box.>>Click "Analyze" and choose a certain resolution.>>Press "Download".

To boot, you can edit your 4K video with simple clicks, cut video clips and add special effects and more. The program also supports batch video conversion, SD to HD video conversion, and you can use it to convert video to 4K video format with a simple click.

Convert video to 4k video

Convert video to 4k video

Extra Tip for You

The video compressor provides optimal parameters in advance for many 4K devices. That is to say, if one day you want to watch a 4K movie which you download from the Internet, but don't know what's the best video and audio specs for your device, you are supported to simply choose a device model it offers.

Now, please download the HD Video Converter Factory Pro to complete your jobs.

More Special Features on HD Video Converter Factory Pro

  • Can convert between standard video and high-definition video(8K/4K/1080P/720P/480P) with high quality
  • Batch compress video files with smaller output size to free up store space on device
  • Support 250+ output formats and devices, including H265, VP9, 4K, FLAC, ALAC, OGV, DTS, Projector
  • Download video of different resolutions from the internet
  • Batch convert video files to save a lot of time
  • Offer a built-in video editor to crop, split, merge and retouch video and boost volume
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