Summary: With this awesome guide, you can get the Nikon MOV workflow for Avid MC - How to smoothly import and edit Nikon MOV files in Avid Media Composer.
If you are a videographer, whether professional or non-specialist, you may usually encounter some importing issues when attempting to edit Nikon MOV files in Avid Media Composer5/5.5/6/6.5/7. Let’s see some frequently asked questions on this.
Q1: Nikon D800 support in Avid MC
“Does anyone know if Media Composer 5.5.2 will link AMA files or folders to the new Nikon D800?”
Q2: Importing Nikon D7100 files to Avid MC
“I’m using Avid media composer 5.0, can anyone help me with importing .mov files from my Nikon D7100? I have a 1 hour of shootings, when import MOV to Avid Media Composer, I found the recording is not supported by Avid. Any suggestions?”
As you see, many folks are talking about how to import Nikon MOV files(from D800/D7100/D3100/D3200/D4/D90/D5100/D7000) into Avid Media Composer for editing without problems. Well, although Avid claimed it supports MOV, the highly compressed H.264 encoded .mov is not ideal for editing yet- even if Avid can successfully ingest your videos, it still needs a long time for rendering. As far as I know many users meet the similar trouble due to they used Avid Media Composer with the old version 5.0/5.5. You'd better upgrade Avid to 6.0, 6.5 or 7. If you want to use an easy way to solve the trouble, you can convert Nikon to a native format, DNxHD codec file, for directly transferring to Avid MC for further editing. Along with some help from the Video Converter, it can be done. Here I share with you a simple guide on how to convert Nikon MOV footage to DNxHD format for Avid MC editing flawlessly.
Downloading the App- Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac
Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use MOV to DNxHD Converter on Mac OS X which can not only convert D3100, D3200, D4, D90, D5100, D7000, etc recorded H.264 MOV files to Avid editable videos, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. The Mac Video Converter can convert HD videos from Nikon DSLR for editing in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid MC, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc. If you meet the Nikon .mov in Avid MC issues on PC, get the equivalent Windows version Video Converter. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.
Guide: Transcoding Nikon MOV files to Avid DNxHD for smooth editing
Step 1: Launch the recommended Nikon MOV to Avid MC Converter for Mac program and then click the adding button to import your MOV clips to it.
Step 2: Click Format on the main interface and choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format.
Step 3: Click Settomgs to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate（from 1Mbps to 20Mbps）, frame rate (24p/30p) for easily editing in Avid MC.
Step 4: Start the Nikon MOV to DNxHD Mac conversion for Avid Media Composer by clicking the “Convert” button. Then you can get the converted .mov files for editing in Avid MC 5/5.5/6/6.5/7 by clicking the “Open” button.
More helpful features of the Mac MOV Converter:
1. Check the “Merge into one file” box to join several video clips together if you need.
2. Editor (next to “Add” icon)- click to set deinterlace, trim, crop, add watermark, attach subtitles, etc.
Once the conversion is done, you can transfer MOV footage into Avid MC for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.
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