I use my cell phone (LG V20 Android) to take videos I intend to edit together and upload to Youtube.
Highest recording resolution for my phone is 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30 fps. So that is what I use.
It’s also helpful to have the detail of 4K video because I intend my videos to delve into technical stuff, such as soldering circuit boards, so the more detail (pixels) the better.
But like all cell phones, the videos I record are variable framerate. This is not good for video editing software. In Shotcut things get weird (ex. clips missing from timeline even though I know they’re there, crashing, slow, etc.).
So I tried using HandBrake to encode my videos to a constant framerate but for a 5 minute clip it would take 4 hours on my Windows PC! I have several videos I want to edit together so the conversion time makes this impossible.
Tried letting ShotCut encode to a constant framerate and it turned my 4 GB video file into a 37 GB video file! Don’t have enough HD space for that.
BUT if I use HandBrake to lower the resolution to 1080p and make the framerate a constant 30 fps, it only takes about 15 mins and the file size is almost the same.
So should I give up and dumb these videos down to 1080p at 30 fps and edit from there?
Going forward, should I shoot on 1080p in 60 fps (the next lower video setting on my phone) and convert them into constant framerate?