12 Best Downscalers to Convert 4K to 1080p [Win/Mac/Online]
List of the best 4K to 1080p converters
Best tools to convert a 4K video to 1080p for free [Windows & Mac]
Best tools to convert 4K to 1080p online for free
How to downscale 4K to 1080p with Movavi Video Converter
Step 1. Install the Movavi 4K video converter
Launch the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.
Step 2. Add the video you want to convert
Open Movavi Video Converter. Click the Add Media button and then Add Video in the upper left corner of the program interface. Choose the video files you want to convert and click Open.
Step 3. Choose the output format and resolution
4K files may have different file extensions, depending on where you obtain them. Blu-ray videos are usually stored in M2TS format, while smartphone-recorded videos are saved in MP4. Still, no matter what the input format of your video is, the Movavi 4K converter will have no problems opening it.
You can choose any output format, but for better compatibility and image quality, MP4 is one of the best options. So, in the lower part of the interface, go to the Video tab and choose MP4, then select the desired preset depending on the screen resolution you need.
If you want to convert your 4K movie for watching on your mobile device, go to the Devices tab, find the brand name of your device and choose the model.
Step 4. Convert 4K to 1080p using the Movavi 4K converter
Click the Save to button to specify where your converted files should be saved. Hit Convert in the bottom right corner to start the conversion process. When the file is ready, the folder with the output file will open automatically.
Now you know how to downscale videos using the 4K to 1080p converter from Movavi!
How to choose the best 4K to 1080p downscaler
4K vs. 1080p – comparison table
Horizontal x vertical pixels
3840 × 2160
1920 x 1080
4K, Ultra HD, Ultra High-Definition
Full HD, FHD, Full High-Definition
Optimal viewing distance
3.7' for 55" screen
7.2' for 55" screen
Average file size
100-150 MB per minute
400-600 MB per minute
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Frequently asked questions
▶️ What is a 4K video format?
A 4K video file is one with a resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels. These videos may also be labeled as Ultra HD, and they can come in many traditional video formats and file types like MP4, MKV, MOV, and AVI.
▶️ What is a 4K video file size?
The size of any video file depends on various factors and is primarily influenced by the bitrate. The bitrate is the amount of video data that gets transferred per second and is usually measured in megabytes per second or Mbps. For 4K videos, the bitrate needs to be quite high in order to preserve the quality of the file, and a single minute of 4K movie file size can be several hundred MB. The exact size of any video file will depend on its length, the bitrate, and other factors like compression ratio and audio too.
▶️ How do I convert 4K to 1080p on a Mac?
To convert 4K videos on a Mac, you'll first need to download and install a 4K video converter for Mac, like Movavi Video Converter, downloadable in the link below.
Once the program has been installed, you can open it up and then drag and drop your files into the program's window. You can then pick the format you want to convert to and hit the Convert button in the lower right corner to start the process.
▶️ How do I convert 1080p to 4K?
Converting from 1080p to 4K requires the assistance of a 1080p to 4K converter, like Movavi Video Converter, which can be downloaded and installed via the link below.
Once the program has been installed, you can open it up, drag and drop your movie files into the window, and then select the 4K format you want to convert them to. Finally, click on the Convert button to begin the process.
▶️ What is HEVC (H.265) 4K?
HEVC stands for High-Efficiency Video Coding, and HEVC (H.265) 4K is essentially a new standard of video coding, building on previous technologies, designed to make video compression for large 4K files as efficient as possible. It's a great choice when working to convert 4K to 1080p on a Mac or Windows.
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