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 solid hardware and software, and that's what we'll see in the guide below.
  • For example, Adobe Premiere Pro is perfectly capable of editing 4K videos, as long as your PC can handle it too.
  • For more interesting tutorials, check out our dedicated how-to page.

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, as it is much more present in homes than a few years ago. With that being the case, users not only want to watch 4K videos, they also want to edit them.

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


View and edit 4K videos

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

  

However, since more pixels per frame need to be processed 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 have an above-average PC with a sharp monitor to record 4K video.

Of course, this requirement translates to video editing as well, as the CPU and GPU requirements are even higher than when you're simply watching the video.


How do I edit 4K videos?

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The software also differs when it comes to 4K videos, as no free program that you can download from 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 video editor based on the Adobe timeline is perfectly capable of handling 4K (and even 8K) videos, the only limitations are its hardware and whether or not it is capable of handling the load.

You can use Premiere to do anything with your video, from taking the raw footage to trimming 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 the program to be well worth it, especially if 4K video editing is something for a living.

What's more, the program can now be tested for free for 7 days, so why not take advantage of this irresistible offer? Who knows, once the trial version is finished, Premiere Pro can become your new favorite show.

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Frequently asked questions: learn more about 4K videos

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

  • Make YouTube Do you have 4K videos?

Yes, YouTube It has 4K (and even 8K) videos, but you need a very fast internet connection and a good PC and monitor to watch them.

  • Where can I find 4K videos?

Many streaming services like Amazon and Netflix offer 4K quality television shows.


Editor Note: This post was originally published in December 2016 and has since been renewed and updated in May 2020 to provide freshness, precision and comprehensiveness.

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