Transcode Nikon D3100 mov to ProRes 422 for FCP editing smoothly on Mac
Nikon has developed a habit of making very attractive entry-level DSLRs, which are rarely the best specified but cleverly designed so that they're easy and enjoyable to shoot with. Among them, Nikon D3100 is perfect for capturing clips or sequences and it allow you to film at either 1920x1080, 1280x720 or 640x480 pixels with 30fps, 25fps, and 24fps. Video is an absolute highlight of the Nikon and it's wonderful to have this degree of control in a camera.
All of these are great, till you find it is a problem importing/loading the Nikon H.264 MOV footages to Final Cut Pro fore editing. Even the raw video could be successfully loaded to FCP, the film will looks quite jumpy. H.264 is a delivery codec rather than editing codec, and you need to transcode Nikon D3100 1080p mov to FCP native format, say, Apple ProRes 422 codec. The following passage guides you how to convert Nikon D3100 footages to Apple ProRes 422 encoded MOV file for FCP. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time.
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The Mac Nikon Video Converter is an easy to use yet professional mov Converter on Mac OS X which can not only transcode Nikon D5100, Nikon D800, D4, D3S, D7000, D300S files to Apple ProRes codec videos for Mac editing, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. Besides, the program can also convert HD videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon) for editing in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere etc. Below is how.
If you have the same problem about editing Nikon h.264 mov 1080p videos in Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X, check out the brief guide below.
1. Free Donwload the Nikon MOV to ProRes Converter to your Mac, and drag your D3100 footages into the software.
2. Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format.
3. Click "Convert" button to start transcoding Nikon H.264 files to Apple ProRes Codec for Final Cut Pro under Mac OS.
Some more helpful features of the app:
1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p)
2. Editor (next to "Add" icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.
After a shot conversion, you will be able to edit Nikon D3100 h.264 mov footages into Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7 or Final Cut Pro 6 without rendering.