How to Convert/Compress 4K UHD Video to 1080P

[Latest Updated: Nov. 14, 2018 by Estrella H. to 4K Video Conversion]

Conversion between 4K and 1080p

Tips to change 4K resolution to 1080p without quality loss

To convert 4K video means two different things. Convert video formats, say, from MVK to MP4, for playing on 4K TV, Android, Mac and so on. Or compress 4K video for saving or playing on portable devices that support 4K or HD videos, like iPhone XS. Before cutting to the chase, let's get to know 4K videos.

About 4K Ultra HD Video

4K Ultra HD (4K UHD) video refers to the video of a pixel resolution of 4096x2160 (4,000 pixels, 8.8 megapixels, 17:9 aspect ratio) mainly for digital cinema, or 3840× 2160 (8.3 megapixels, 16:9 aspect ratio) mainly for Ultra HD television.

By far, HEVC/H265 codec and VP9 codec are driving the developement of 4K videos. 4K is four times of the resolution of 2K projector and 1080p HDTV. At 4K resolution, every single details and Close-ups on the image can be seen. If adopting the amazing 4096x2160 UHD resolution in cinema, a film can deliver an indescribable and unprecedented enjoyment for audiences at any angle for the crystal clear picture, sparkly bright color and Hyper-reality sound (if any).

But it is costly to achieve 4K Ultra HD, for the data amount of each frame is as big as 50MB. Facilities of top configuration are required for both decoding, playing and editing 4K videos.

Steps to Compress 4K Videos

Any Tool to Compress 4K Ultra HD Videos?

With the popularization of such advanced technology, there must be numbered tools to convert and compress the lumpish ultra HD videos. Just like the way it is dealing with 1080p HD videos before - convert 1080p to 720p.

VideoProc is surely in the support of compressing 4K to 1080p, converting 8K UHD videos in any formats faultlessly, seeing that it already has over 320 video codecs & 50 audio codecs to embrace almost all existing video types at present. Thanks to its unique support for Level-3 hardware acceleration, it is ranked as one of the top 3 fast video converters and can finish 4K video conversion in a flash. So, no matter the 4K Ultra HD videos are in MP4 (AVC coder) or other extension, VideoProc is believed to get over the hurdles.

VideoProc - Best 4K Video Converter Compressor

Unique! Level-3 hardware accelerated UHD HD SD 3D video processing tool
  • Convert 4K videos
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  • Edit 4K clips

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How to Convert 4K UHD to 1080P FHD with VideoProc

The television industry has adopted ultra high definition television (UHDTV) as its 4K standard. 4K UHDTV is 2016p and 3840 pixels wide, having an aspect ratio of at least 16:9. 4K display is one of main factors that you can enjoy real 4K views. But if you don't have the sets or don't have a plan to purchase one, converting 4K to 1080p is recommended, for saving space. Playing 4K on 1080p monitors won't make it much clearer.

4K to 1080p Conversion Steps:
Let's get started with downloading VideoProc.exe file and installing it on your PC.
Or download VideoProc.dmg for running on Mac

Steps to Compress 4K Videos
  1. Import your source video by clicking "+" button. The HD video converter module of VideoProc supports videos at any resolutions and formats.
  2. Choose an output format. MP4 HEVC is recommended for 4K videos to maintain highest quality in smallest file size.
  3. Set output parameters: To convert video resolution from 4K to 1080p, select "1920x1080" in the Resolution drop-down list.
  4. Start 4K conversion: Press button "RUN" to re-encode 4K video into 1080p.

Please note that 4K UHD video has very high requirements on the configuration of computer. Your computer may be crashed due to the incompatibility with such video if the resolution, graphics card, etc are not highly configured.

VideoProc Box


The strongest one-stop video processing tool to download, edit, convert and resize 4K UHD videos captured by iPhone, GoPro, DJI, etc at fully accelerated speed. Also can rip DVDs and download horror movies/music/playlist.

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About the Author

   Estrella H.@hl_estrella

Estrella H. is a senior editor in Digiarty Software. She manages the software test section and creates easy and useful how-tos. When not in editing, she spends her spare time on Rubik's Cube and ukulele.

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