Follow the simple guide to learn how to import and handle 4K files with HitFilm without trouble.

“I’ve read how HitFilm can support 4k video for Express 2018, so I assume for the latest version of Pro as well (which I recently bought). However, it is not entirely clear to me how to set this up. There does not appear to be a preset for 4k in the project settings, and attempts to customize this have been fruitless as typing in the resolution simply will not accept 3840 x 2160. Any suggestions for correcting the matter?”

“All my footage is 4K from a Panasonic Lumix GH4. I have an hour of footage loaded into HitFilm, and I currently cannot even load the project without it crashing. You can see that it is having trouble by looking at the wave forms in the audio files. The wave forms break up. Does anyone have a suggestion of what to do?”

Although the new version of HitFilm supports 4K, when you tried to do some editing 4K videos with HitFilm, you’re prompted an error message on your screen or even a sudden crash like above we quoted. As we all know, the most compatible video codec for HitFilm is MPEG-2 and 1080p is better for editing. Then transocoding 4K files to MPEG-2 (in 1080p) with a third party program is an easy way to edit your any 4K videos in HitFilm.

To fulfill your task, you can adopt U2USoft Video Converter Ultimate¬†for help. With it, you can convert any types of 4K files including MOV, MP4, ProRes, XAVC, XAVC S to HitFilm supported formats with least quality lose. What’s more, this software convert all popular video formats no matter in SD/HD/4K To HitFilm Express, HitFilm Pro, Sony Movie Studio, Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Windows Movie Maker, etc natively supported video formats with fast encoding speed. For Mac OS X, you can turn to U2USoft Video Converter Ultimate for Mac.

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How to Convert and Import 4K Video to HitFilm on Windows or Mac?

Step 1. Import 4K Files

Run the professional 4K video converter program by clicking “Add” button, or drag 4K videos to the software directly.

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Step 2. Select HitFilm Friendly Format

Click “Format” bar and choose “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as output format on the drop-down menu. You can also choose MP4 from Common Video profile as the final format.

Convert AVCHD/XAVC S to MPEG-2 (*.mpg)

Tip: Before conversion, you can click the “Settings” icon to customize the video/audio settings Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc. for HitFilm. You are suggested to downscale 4K to 1080p for easier editing.

Step 3: Start 4K Video Conversion

Click the Convert icon under the preview window, and the program will start transcode 4K files for HitFilm.

When the conversion is finished, you can click “Open” button to get the generated .mpg files effortlessly. Afterwards, you can import converted 4K clips into HitFilm Express as we as HitFilm Pro for further editing.