How to Open and View DJI Phantom 4 4K Footage with VLC?

The advanced new features of obstacle avoidance, active track and tap-to-fly are making DJI Phantom 4 as the real killer among quadcopter addicts to re-image about drones and aerial photography, even if you've never flown anything before. Raving about the new slow motion of shooting 4K footage, you'll often find yourself flying above landscapes, because DJI Phantom 4 usually 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, however finding a proper media player to play is a head-scratching task and turn into an agony when you a lack a super computer. Even with VLC, it's easy to run into stuttering playback. Don't be frustrated, here you can find the useful solutions to open DJI Phantom 4 4K footage with VLC smoothly.

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➤ Part 1 How to play DJI Phantom 4 4K footage with VLC smoothly?

➤ Part 2 How to rewrap and transcode Phantom 4K footage for VLC viewing step by step?

How to play DJI Phantom 4 4K footage with VLC smoothly?

Most guys have encountered a similar problem with VLC to play DJI Phantom 4 4K footages with both MP4 and MOV file types. Though with preparation for Ultra-HD video and a special care to support more formats, 2.1 is a major upgrade for VLC (Download it here), format limit still exists there, VLC still does not support 4K video from DJI Phantom 4 playback perfectly: there is stutters, not showing audio, etc issues, since 4K video resolution is not friendly with VLC player perfectly.

And another reason for can't play DJI Phantom 4 4K on VLC is your 4K files are corrupt. While DJI Phantom 4 is an extremely popular drone and certainly more and more people will be looking for ways to view their drone 4K footages via VLC, which is the best of the file streaming video players out there, that's why we've worked out 2 possible methods to help you fix Phantom 4 4K videos on VLC playback error with ease. 

Method 1 Alternative to VLC to view DJI Phantom 4 4K footage

8K Player can play the 4K files with no conversion needed, is a powerful free 4K media player which is designed to work under PC and Mac to smoothly play videos in 4K UHD 3840x2160, HD 1080P/720P, MKV, AVI as well as any Blu-ray disc/ISO files directly with 4K/1080P HD visual effect and play H.265/HEVC encoding 4K video files losslessly. With this 8K Player, and you are able to enjoy the immersive 4K visual experience from DJI Phantom 4.

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Method 2 Convert and downscale DJI Phantom 4 4K footage to VLC most friendly file type 

Technically speaking, the 4K footage shooting by DJI Phantom 4 is always coming into high resolution videos of 4096 X 2160 pixel, that is double both the horizontal and vertical measurements of the 1920 x 1080 standard (1080p, AKA Full HD) that most of us use today. Nevertheless to say, the huge space consumption when you load 4K footage from DJI Phantom 4 for saving on your computer.

Moreover, based on testing and VLC playback feedback, we found 1080p MKV, AVI, MOV, MP4 are more compatible with VLC and can be played by VLC more simply. Therefore, the ultimate solution to play Phantom 4 4K videos with VLC while avoiding sound and stutter problems is to convert Phantom 4 4K to VLC native video formats. Videomate is the best 4K video converter to offer simplest, fastest and all-in-one solution to convert and downscale DJI Phantom 4 4K to 1080p for smooth playing on VLC Player.

Besides that, this 4K video converter can convert any SD/HD/4K Ultra HD videos in MKV, MP4, AVCHD, H.265, MXF, TS, XAVC, XAVC S, XAVC-L, WMV, AVI, or other file extension to VLC playable format with delivering high video and audio quality. Plus, it enables you to free edit 4K files like Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid MC, etc for better enjoying, as well as the build-in media server feature to transfer video to any devices like iPad, iPhone, Samsung TV, 4K TV etc. For Mac users, please turn to Videomate for Mac to ensure perfect 4K playback with VLC on Mac (macOS Sierra, El Capitan included).

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How to rewrap and transcode Phantom 4K footage for VLC viewing step by step

Step 1 Add DJI Phantom 4 4K footage

Launch this best 4K Video Converter and copy your Phantom 4 4K footage to hard drive. After that, click "Add File" to load your DJI Phantom 4 4K footage files, or directly drag and drip your DJI Phantom 4 4K source to the program.

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Step 2 Choose VLC compatible format 

Go to "Select Format" bar and choose MP4, AVI, MKV or other common formats as output VLC supported format from "Video" or "HD video" (assumed to get HD playback effects). If you are using VLC version 2.1.0 or above, here suggests you turning to "HD Video" and then choose "MP4 H.265".

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Step 3 Downscale 4K to 1080p 

Click the "Setting" button and customize proper video/audio parameters including codec, bitrate and fame rate and more. In resolution box, choose 1920x1080 so that you can play on VLC more smoothly, and upload to YouTube or Facebook as well as save the space to store DJI Phantom 4 4K footage.

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Tip: If you just want a certain clip of DJI Phantom 4 4K footage, you can click "Edit" icon. There, you can trim video footage, change aspect ratio to 16:9 or 4:3 as per your playback device to avoid black-bar, add video effects, and even render 3D to get better playing enjoyment. 

Step 4 Convert Phantom 4 4K to VLC with 30X faster conversion speed

Click the "Start" button, it will automatically start rewrapping Phantom 4 4K footage for importing to VLC. After conversion, hit "Open" or "Open Folder" to quick locate and open/play this generated video in VLC without limits anymore.

Additional Tip:

It's stunning experience to enjoy DJI Phantom 4 4K footage with VLC, but we might have some 4K Blu-ray discs at our home media library, then Dimo Video Converter Ultimate with price of $45.95 only must be your best choice, like Videomate dealing with DJI Phantom 4 4K videos at super fast speed with zero quality loss, it also can rip 4K/UHD 4K Blu-ray to VLC playable formats in simple clicks, no matter what they are encrypted by CSS, region code, RCE, Sony ArccOS, UOPs, or the latest encryption techniques.

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Still run into troubles to use VLC to play DJI Phantom 4 4K videos, please feel free to Email Us or comment below to let us know what kinds of problems you're issuing with 4K video on VLC playback and we'll see what we can do to help.

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