How to edit 4k videos

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  • 4K videos are an HD format that is 4 times the size of regular 1080p HD videos.
  • Viewing and editing such videos requires some solid hardware and software, and that's what we will be looking over in the guide below.
  • For example, Adobe Premiere Pro is perfectly capable of editing 4K videos, as long as your PC cand handle it too.
  • For more interesting tutorials, check out our dedicated How-To page.
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4K videos are the latest industry-standard in video recording, although 8K quality is also starting to emerge as well.

However, 4K is the new industry-standard, being far more present in households than it was a few years back. That being the case, users not only want to watch 4K videos, but they also want to edit them as well.

That being the case, we’ve decided to create this guide that will show you exactly what you need to do in order to edit 4K videos.


Vieweing and editing 4K videos

The only difference per se between a 4K video and an HD or SD video is strictly the image quality and the resolution.

However, since more pixels need to be processed per frame at any given time, the CPU and GPU load is exponentially higher with 4K videos than with HD or SD videos.

That being the case, you will an above-average PC with a crystal-clear monitor in order to video the 4K video.

Of course, this requirement also translates itself to video editing as well, since the CPU and GPU requirements are even higher than when you are just plain viewing the video.


How do I edit 4K videos?

Use a professional-grade video editor

The software also differs when talking about 4K videos, since not any crummy freeware that you can download off of the Internet will be able to handle 4K video editing.

That being the case, your only solution is to go with a borderline professional software solution, and no tool is better for this job than Adobe Premiere Pro.

This timeline-based video editor from Adobe is perfectly capable of handling 4K videos (and even 8K for that matter), the only limitations being your hardware and whether or not it is capable of handling the load.

You can use Premiere to do anything with the video, from taking the raw footage to cropping it, adding a different soundtrack to it, adding special effects (with a little help from Adobe After Effects), and more.

Normally, this tool would only be available with a subscription, but we consider that the program is well worth the money, especially if editing 4K videos is something that you do for a living.

More so, the program can now be tested for free for 7 days, so why not take advantage of this irresistible offer? Who knows, after the Trial is over, Premiere Pro may just become your new favorite program.

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FAQ: Learn more about 4K videos

  • What is a 4k video?

4K video resolution is a high-definition (HD) video that has four times the resolution of 1080p HD video (4096×2160 pixels or 3840×2160 pixels).

  • Does YouTube have 4K videos?

Yes, YouTube has 4K videos, (and even 8K for that matter), but you need a very fast Internet connection and a good PC and monitor to view them. You can download them and then use professional video software that can edit 4K videos.

  • Where can I find 4K videos?

Many streaming services such as Amazon and Netflix offer television shows that are in 4K quality. Of course, having a 4K monitor to view them will also help.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2016 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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