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[Top 3] Best 4K Video Converters for PC/Mac of 2019

4K videos are available everywhere, from the cameras to TVs, games consoles to laptops. 4K wins its popularity for much sharper picture and higher definition it brings, especially on large screen. While 4K UHD is usually featured with HEVC codec in large file size, which causes kinds of 4K video playback errors, such as 4K stuttering/choppy, video codec not supported, up to 100% CPU usage, overheated computer, or 4K HEVC frame drops etc. Actually, 4K video playback errors go far beyond these. Some typical errors are listed as follows.

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Typical 4K video playing errors

Take an iPhone recorded 4K video as an example, 1 hour of 4K HEVC at 60FPS consumes about 23.4GB. It not only takes too much storage space on iPhone or hard drives, but also makes video unplayable PCs/Mac, HDTV, game consoles etc. Not just iPhone 4K videos, more and more 4K HEVC (60fps) recordings produced by GoPro, DJI, camcorders are getting into troubles on 4K video processing.

Ultimately, underpowered hardware and incompatible codec can be culprits of those errors. To well handle 4K video files, you can either update the computer hardware or try a 4K video converter to convert or compress (HEVC) 4K to (H.264) 1080P/720P to make it compatible on current hardware.

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WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe - Accept all kinds of 4K videos, no matter where it comes from, converts 4K UHD videos to MP4, H.264, HEVC, MOV, AVI, FLV, iPhone, iPad, HDTV, Xbox, PS4 and 420+ preset profiles, and compress 4K resolution to 1080p/720p or upscale HD to 4K UHD smoothly. No.1 fast speed & 100% quality reserved, thanks to the unique hardware acceleration tech and High-Quality engine.

Part 1: Minimum System to Handle 4K (HEVC) Videos

A large proportion of people choose Windows or Mac computers to process 4K (HEVC) videos. But is your PC really on deck to keep the ball of 4K videos rolling? Lags, stuttering and crash are common things happening during 4K playback or editing. To smoothly handle 4K video files, make sure that a qualified computer is in use. Here goes the minumum system requirements for 4K playback.

Minimum System Requirements

4K

4K HEVC

Processor

4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family (Intel Haswell based CPUs)

Intel Kaby Lake (or equivalent) processor and newer

GPU

Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200
Intel® Iris™ Graphics 5100
Intel® HD Graphics 4200 or newer
Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti or newer
AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series or better

Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200
Intel® Iris™ Graphics 5100
Intel® HD Graphics 4200 or newer
Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti or newer
AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series or better

RAM

8GB

8GB

Operation System

The lastest OS is the best choice

Windows 10/macOS High Sierra or later

But if you don't plan to update your computer workstation, or the computer is underpowered or unfortunately choppy performance still exists, it is highly suggested to convert or compress 4K videos with a 4K video converter to avoid 4K frames dropping and various 4K processing issues on PC or Mac.

Part 2: Top Three 4K Video Converters for Windows and Mac

Looking for a video converter that transcodes all types of 8K, 4K, 2K videos? Or you just need a free 4K video converter that'll let you change a 4K video resolution to 1080p on PC and Mac without crashing? Here are the best and the free.

• WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is one of the best 3 4K video converters that gives you an ultimate control over 4K, 5K, 8K, HD 1080p and large video files, no matter they're encoded in HEVC MP4/MKV format or H.264 4K footage from GoPro, DJI, iPhone etc. It enables you to convert/transcode 4K footage (.mts/.m2ts) from camcorders, action cameras, mobiles to MP4 H.264 for better playback, convert 4K video to 1080p or 720p for virtually all devices without jerky/choppy issues, or upscale 1080p to 4K UHD to perfectly fit with bigger screens.

Free Download WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe to Convert/Compress (HEVC) 4K to (H.264) 1080p/720p

This 4K video converting software adopts the unique GPU acceleration tech, accelerating 4K video conversion speed to 3-5X times faster than using CPU (software) acceleration only. With Hardware Acceleration Technology, it enables multiple CPU cores to simultaneously use QSV and CUDA/NVENC to encode and decode videos, which helps you convert 4K video in a flash! Meanwhile, High Quality Engine and De-interlacing Engine go into high gear to assure a 4K ultra high quality.

By the way, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe also plays as both a 4K video converter and a YouTube downloader to download 4K movies.

WinX's 4k video compression process
Best 4K Video Converter for PC/Mac - WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

• Any Video Converter

Any Video Converter is introduced with the ability to convert any video files, including 4K UHD videos. It boasts a fairly wider compatibility with 200+ foramts embracing popular file formats. It allows users to convert 4K 60fps HEVC videos to H.264 or downscale the resolution from 4K to 1080P or 720P for playback on underpowered devices smoothly.

Bonus Points:

  • NVIDIA NVENC is enabled for conversion acceleration.
  • Additional features DVD ripping, video downloading and recording can be enjoyed.

But: Personal experience tells that this 4K video converter not works as fast as we imagine, it takes about 20 mintues to convert an hour 4K video. What's more, because it only supports NVIDIA GPU-acceleration, you can't get a fast conversion if your computer doesn't have NVIDIA graphic cards.

• XAVC Video Converter

XAVC Video Converter software is designed to convert XAVC 4K (4096x2160 and 3840x2160) or 2K footage to popular formats like AVI, WMV, MPG, MP4, FLV, MP3, etc for 4K video editing on PC.

Bonus Points: It converts XAVC 4K videos to formats supported by editing software like AVID, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere, Windows Movie Maker, etc.

But: XAVC 4K video converter for Mac can freely run on Mac 10.5-10.11 (Sierra). If you are planning to convert 4K to 1080p on Mac OS X Yosemite or Mavericks, XAVC should not be your first option; also lacks the prompt update of support for converting 4K video to iPhone Xs (Max), iPad Pro, etc.

Part 3: How to Convert 4K UHD Videos Fast and Losslessly - 3 Simple Steps!

Everyone is excited about the 4K UHD visual feast. Do those 4K video converters really work? Can we freely compress 4K to 1080p or fully convert 4K videos to devices with 4K converter for PC, Mac, Android or iOS? Let's check it out starting with WinX 4K video converter here.

Please download and install this best 4K video converter at first.

Download WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe on Windows 10 or lower
Download WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe on macOS Catalina or lower

Now, you're able to convert 4K HEVC to H.264, compress 4K UHD to 1080p HD and upscale 720p/1080p HD to 4K freely with the following steps.

#1: Convert 4K HEVC to H.264 MP4

Step 1: Launch the program and click button + Video to load your to-be-converted 4K (HEVC) video on computer. You're allowed to insert multiple video clips for batch conversion.

Step 2: In the blink of an eye, Output Profile window pops up, go General Profiles > MP4 Video (h264+aac) > Done to transcode 4K HEVC to H.264.

convert to MP4
Convert 4K HEVC to H.264 MP4 for better compatibility

Step 3: Click Browse button to specify the output folder path if necessary. Then tap RUN button to transcode HEVC encoded 4K videos to H.264 MP4 for limitless playback on Windows PC/Mac, iPhone iPad, Android, XboX One, PS4, HDTV, and more.

#2: Compress 4K UHD to 1080p

Step 1: Go the same steps to import large-sized 4K UHD videos to this 4K video converting software.

Step 2: Choose output format. You can continue with your source 4K video format, or choose MP4 as output format for better compatiblity.

Compress 4K UHD to 1080p to reduce video size and perfectly fit smaller screens

Step 3: Click gear-shaped Setting button to enter the parameter setting window. Then click on Resolution to open the drop-down menu, where a wide range of resolutions are available for your choice. 1920 x 1080 is always recommended for great image quality on mobiles, game consoles, desktops and so on.

Optionally, you can also downscale the video bit rate, lower 4K 60fps frame rate to 30fps, change aspect ratio for widescreen display, or alter audio settings in this parameter setting window.

Step 4: Hit RUN button to start converting and compress 4K videos.

#3: Upscale 720p/1080p HD to 4K

Step 1: Click + Video button to import the 720p or 1080p video that you're going to upscale.

Step 2: Go to General Profiles, and then choose 4K MP4 Video as output format. In the selected profile, you can move the slide bar to HQ/Slow to enhance the output quality, though it will slightly lower the conversion speed.

Upscale 720p/1080p HD to 4K for better image quality on big screens

Step 3: Make sure you have ticked on the Intel/nVIDIA hardware accelerator box if your computer is configured with hardware acceleration graphic cards. Then hit RUN button to accomplish HD to 4K upscaling at 47x real-time faster speed.

The 4K video converter also works for video compression. Learn how to use it to reduce 4K video file size by up to 90%.

Part 4: FAQs for 4K Videos not Playing/Converting/Editing

Q1: I have video in 4k h265 codec that I make with my Sony XZ Premium mobile phone. I convert them to 1080p with Handbrake. After converting I try to add video file to Adobe Encore to make bluray ISO or bluray folder, but now the problem start because Adobe Encore are doing some transcode and after that I have audio video desynchronization. I don't know what is going on with that video file.

A1: That's because your Handbrake converted 1080p video may set "variable framerate" (vfr). It'll be fixed after yo re-convert with constant framerate. You can try WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe to do so, as Handbrake has some issues with 23.976 and 59.94 framerates that when you select constant frame rate you do not get a true constant frame rate. Learn more about how to use Handbrake >>

Q2: I'm trying to recode an x265 file which bitrate is too high for my device. I choose H265-10bit. The dimension tab shows that the source is 3840x2160, and starts with a 1920x816 odd setting, but I cannot go above 1920 for the output. I'd like to set it to 3840x2160. What am I doing wrong?

A2: Resolution is probably limited by the selected preset. You can create a new one which allows higher resolutions.

Q3: I want to do a loss less 4k trim of a mp4 file but it only gives me a mkv file. I want the output to be a mp4 file. my editing program doesn't accept mkv.

A3: You can convert 4K MKV to MP4 in advance, and it will be imported to your editing software smoothly. Or you can try a free video converter, which is able to convert 4K to MP4, as well as trim 4K video clips easily.

Q4: I have downloaded a high quality high bitrate 4k Demo from this site. The problem is none of the players I have play this video smoothly. There is a massive lag. I have tried VLC Player, PotPlayer, KM Player, MPC, to no avail. POWER DVD is the best player I have tried so far, but I still have the lag. What player should I try? I'm runninng a workstation with two GPUs (Nvidia GTX 960M 4Gb + Intel Graphics 4600 2Gb), 12Gb RAM, i7 4720 2.60 Ghz CPU.

A4: The problem is that neither of your graphics adapters can provide hardware decoding for HEVC and the i7 4720HQ in your laptop is not powerful enough to decode 10-bit 60 fps UHD H.265 video using software. There are two options: replace your computer hardware with better ones or convert HEVC to H.264 with a HEVC video converter.

Q5: Hello, i like the smooth motion of 60fps movies. Know everyone here how i can convert 4k x265 movies to 60fps? By 1080p i convert this with MeGUI and Interframe. But this is not working with 4K and x265. Can anyone help me, how i can easy convert my 4K movies to 60fps? Thank you!

A5: You can try WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, which allows you to change 4K frame rate to 60fps within 4 steps: load 4K video > choose output format > upscale 4K frame rate to 60fps > click RUN to get everything done.

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Part 5: Top 3 Free 4K Video Converters and Downloaders

Free 4K Video Converters

Free 4K Video Downloaders

HandBrake
Cross-platform Open-source Transcoder

4K Video Downloader

VLC
More than a Media Player

WinX YouTube Downloader
100% Free and Clean

WinX Video Converter
Available for Windows and Mac

4KDownload
Available for Mac, Windows and Linux

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Estrella H.

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Estrella H. is a senior editor at Digiarty covering all the latest tech in mobile industry for the better part of the first four years, from iPhone, Samsung to other innovative gadgets. And now she's been dived into data backup and management to keep data safe on mobile devices in the recent three years. Outside the tech, she is a songwriter and loves hip-hop.

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