As one of the hottest DSLRs in the market, the Nikon D800 is great for us to take high quality images and record vivid full HD videos. If you have got the D800 and often use it to record 1080P video, you may have the need to edit D800 h.264 mov files in Final Cut Pro on Mac, but FCP best native supported video format is Apple ProRes 422 codec MOV format, so FCP doesn't support Nikon D800 MOV footages well, you may encountered many problems, like import it slowly, and couldn't edit videos smoothly.
So how to import Nikon D800 video into Final Cut Pro for editing without crashing problem and avoid rendering? The best method to solve these problems is to convert D800 MOV footage to ProRes for editing in Final Cut Pro. If you looking for a solution for this problem likewise, check out Brorsoft’s HD Video Converter for Mac(currently on sale), a top Mac Nikon h.264 MOV Converter. It supports transcoding all Nikon 1080p MOV files to Apple ProRes 422 so that you can easily import the Nikon h.264 recordings to Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 6, Final Cut Pro 7 for editing on Mac. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time. Below is a brief guide for you.
Convert/Import Nikon D800 videos to Final Cut Pro for smoothly editing on Mac
1. Free Download and run the best Mac Nikon MOV Video Converter for FCP (X) and drag Nikon MOV files to the software.
Tip: If you have multiple MOV files, you can select the “Merge into one” box to join your MOV files into one single file.
2. click format bar to choose output format for use in FCP 6/7 or FCP X. click and choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov).
3. Click convert button in the main interface to start transcoding Nikon H.264 MOV to FCP Apple ProRes.
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 converting the Nikon DSLR MOV video to ProRes format, you can easily Log and Transfer or import/edit Nikon D800 h.264 mov files in Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X smoothly on Mac.
Tips: Before you try to do the conversion, if you are also a FCP X user, please make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.
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Source: Smoothly edit Nikon D800 h.264 mov footage in FCP 6/7/X