Summary: Encountered problems when importing Nikon D90 MOV clips in iMovie 08/09/'11 for further editing, if so, just follow this article to find the best solution here.
True video enthusiasts and advanced amateurs will find their inspirational match in the digital SLR camera Nikon D90. You will also find that exceptionally lifelike tone and detail are captured thanks to Full HD Recording, which is compressed with the H.264 codec QuickTime format. However, something turns to be frustrated, iMovie can’t ingest Nikon MOV files, due to the coder – decoder it adopts.
As mentioned above, the videos shot by Nikon D90 is compressed with H.264 codec in QuickTime format and put in MOV container. For viewing/editing the videos thus encoded, you need the same codec to decode it as was used to encode it. While, iMovie prefers the Apple InterMediate codec, the difference between the codecs causes the importing, actually the decoding problem. The best solution is to convert H.264 MOV to AIC .mov, then iMovie can easily decode your shootings from Nikon D90.
Here recommended the top H.264 to AIC .mov Converter. Apply it and you can get your H.264 QuickTime files from Canon D90 converted to AIC (*.mov) with lossless quality on your Mac, even the latest Mountain Lion and the coming Mavericks. It ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie. Download the tool and this article will show you how to transcode Nikon D90 MOV to AIC MOV in detail.
How to Convert Nikon D90 MOV files for iMovie
Step 1: Download, install and run Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, and then click the "Add" or "Add From folder" button to load the .mov videos. You can also use the drag-and-drop method to load the 1080p .mov files to the application UI.
Step 2: Click the Format box and select iMovie —> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as output format.
Tip: Please set 1920*1080 as video size, 30fps as video bitrate to get the best video quality. If you want to get a smaller ones, please decrease the video size from 1920*1080 to 1440*1080 or 1280*720.
Step 3: Click the "Convert" icon under the preview window, and the Mac AIC Converter will start transcode Nikon H.264 MOV to AIC MOV.
And now your files will be converted into AIC files ready to be imported to iMovie. You're done.
If you want to edit Nikon MOV clips in Final Cut Pro 6/7, FCP X, you just need to choose the "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format in the scond step; For Adobe Premiere Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output; For Avid Media Composer, choose "Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNXHD (*.mov)".
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Source:Importing and using MOV files from Nikon D90 in iMovie