Transcode Nikon D5100 H.264 to ProRes for Editing on FCP 7

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Transcode Nikon D5100 H.264 to ProRes for Editing on FCP 7

Postby jacknjchn » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:47 am

Summary: Meet the problem when transferring movies from Nikon D5100 to FCP 7? Here is the step-by-step guide for you to convert and import Nikon D5100 HD MOV files to Final Cut Pro on iMac/MacBook Pro with Mac OS X like Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion. Just follow it.

As one of the hottest DSLRs in the market, the Nikon D5100 is great for us to take high quality images and record vivid full HD videos. If you have got the D5100 and often use it to record full HD video in H.264 MOV format, you may have the need to import Nikon h.264 .mov files to 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 D5100 MOV footages well, you may encountered many problems, like import it slowly, and couldn't edit videos smoothly.

So, how to import Nikon D5100 video into Final Cut Pro 7 for editing without crashing problem and avoid rendering? The best method to solve these problems is to convert D5100 MOV footage to ProRes for editing in Final Cut Pro 7. If you’re looking for a solution for the problem likewise, check out Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, 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(Lion, Mountain Lion included). This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time. Below is a brief guide for you.

Convert/Import Nikon D5100 videos to Final Cut Pro 7 for smoothly editing on Mac


1. Free Download and run the best Nikon MOV to FCP Converter 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 7. Click and choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov).


Tip: Before start the conversion, you can:
a. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p)

b. Editor (next to “Add” icon)- click to set deinterlace, trim, crop, add watermark, etc.


3. Click convert button in the main interface to start transcoding Nikon H.264 MOV to FCP ProRes.

After the conversion, you can easily transfer and edit Nikon D5100 h.264 .mov files in Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X smoothly.

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Source:Converting & Importing Nikon D5100 MOV to Final Cut Pro 7
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Re: Transcode Nikon D5100 H.264 to ProRes for Editing on FCP

Postby lydia622520 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:20 am

Digital SLRs (also known as DSLRs) have become more popular recently, because of improved features and a dramatic drop in prices. Once only professionals could afford a DSLR. The main advantage of a DSLR versus a point and shoot camera is higher image quality due to larger imager size, larger and better lenses, and better processors. DSLRs also give you more manual control over the camera, can shoot in RAW (uncompressed), and give you better depth of field.

Hot DSLR Cameras:
Nikon: D4, D3X, D800, D600, D300S, D7000, D5200, D90, D5100, D3200
Canon: EOS 550D, EOS 600D, EOS 650D, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 60D, EOS 7D

If you are one of Canon or Nikon DSLRs users, I think most of you certainly encountered following Feedback:

I own a Canon 550D, which is great at what it does. The only niggle is the difficulty in handling the video files which are encoded in a highly CPU intensive codec (h264). It’s hard to import the H.264 files to FCP 7 on my iMac.

I have a Nikon D5100. What software should I get to transfer video for editing into FCP? I have FCP7. Also, it seems that I can only transfer the video with a USB connection, or is there a firewire I can use? I am not a computer expert so please, don't be to technical.


If you want to transfer videos from a Canon or Nikion DSLR camera into FCP 7/X editing, the video you imported should first be converted to ProRes 422, a format better suited for FCP, in this case , you will need one professional video converter for Canon, Nikon DSLRs.

Here’s great software that allows you to easily transcode the DSLR movies to the files readable by Final Cut Pro. DSLRs Video Converter for Mac is the one we highly recommended. Applying it, you can transcode Canon/Nikon DSLR H.264 videos to Apple ProRes on Mac OS X for FCP 7, FCP X easy editing.

Guide on converting Canon/Nikon DSLR footage to ProRes for FCP 7/X on Mac


STEP 1: Download and install the Mac H.264 MOV to ProRes Converter, then run it. Click on “Add”, and browse your files; select all the .MOV files you wanna convert.

STEP 2: Choose a target format. Hit the Format bar to select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(*.mov). Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)(*mov), Apple ProRes 422(LT)(*mov), Apple ProRes 422(Proxy)(*mov) are also the proper format for FCP 7/X.

STEP 3: Hit Settings icon. In the Profile Settings window, you can adjust the video and audio parameters if needed. 1920*1080 video size, and 30fps(or 25fps for PAL) video frame rate is recommended.

STEP 4: Click Convert button. The DSLR Video Converter will start to convert DSLR videos to ProRes for FCP 7/X on Mac OS X immediately.

After the conversion, click the Open button to locate the converted .mov video. From there you can load Canon 5D Mark II/MK III or Nikon D800/D3200/D5200 H.264 MOV footage to FCP 7/Xvia “File>>Import>>Files…” instantly without long-time rendering.

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