If you have got a Nikon D600/D800 and want to bring its Full HD 1080/30p footages into Final Cut Pro X for editing, you may meet the "the file is incompatible format" message. Why? Please notice that you'd better upgrate your FCP to version 10.0.3 or above and once the camera or card reader is plugged in and mounted on the desktop, launch FCP X and then try a import from D600/D800 camera. You may still meet the unsurpported issue due to the H.264 codec.
Don't worry! If you install a professional Video Converter on your Mac, you will easily solve the problem. As we all know the Apple ProRes is FCP's native video format, so we can transcode D600 H.264 file to the surpported format for smoothly importing and editing. I have been using Brorsoft H.264 to ProRes Converter. With it, we can quickly change the incompatible format. Very simple, no headaches, no worries and no need for any unnecessary steps.
Three steps will finish the MOV to FCP conversion, please follow the instruction:
Step 1. Load H.264 .mov footage to Nikon MOV Converter
Transfer h.264 encoded .mov files from NiKon D600/D800 camcorder to your Mac HDD via USB cable. Run brorsoft Video Converter on Mac, and click the "Add" button to load .mov footage.
Step 2: Select DV as the output format
Cilck "format" bar and move your mouse cursor to "Final Cut Pro" and select an ProRes 422 format as the target format.
Step 3. Set possible best quality for FCP editing.
Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/ audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and frame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like. E.g. Set video size to 1920*1080 when you feel like to keep 1080p as the source file features. Or set “original” in video bitrate drop-down list to keep best quality. You may skip this step as well as default format works well with FCP too.
Step 4: Begin changing format
Click on the Start button to start the H.264 MOV to ProRes conversion.
Import to Final Cut Pro X:
Once the converted file is exported from the third party software, please tick "open" ot find it. Thus you can directly drag and drop the video to Final Cut Pro X for further editing without any trouble.
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