Nikon D7000 and FCP-Convert D7000 MOV file to ProRes for FCP editing on Mac without quality loss
"... will get my new Nikon D7000 tomorrow. Beside photography i'm intersted in shooting Full HD footage with my new Nikon. Do anyone has tips for the workflow as far as I think that Final Cut Pro has performance problems to edit the native QT movie (H.264?). How about Apple Intermediate Codec or better ProRes (which one) ?
Dont want to loose to much of the HD quality."
If you're experience the same issues, here's an useful advice for you - converting Nikon D7000 .mov files to Apple ProRes codec without quality loss before loading the footage to FCP. The Nikon D7000 cam encodes footage with H.264 codec and save the files in MOV container format. The MOV format is FCP friendly but H.264 codec is not natively supported by Final Cut Pro because H.264 encoded contents are highly compressed and are for delivery only. By transcoding/converting Nikon D7000 H.264 .mov to Apple ProRes 422 encoded .mov file, the possible best quality will be retained in post-production workflow and you can then edit the resulting media files just as you would edit in QuickTime Movie format without rendering. The following guide tells you how to convert Nikon D7000 MOV footage to Apple ProRes 422 codec for editing in your Final Cut Pro sequence.
Introduction & Requirements
Download and install Pavtube Mac MOV Video Converter for FCP
The MOV to ProRes Converter for Mac is an easy-use-to use yet powerful video transcoding software. Input videos include *.tod, *.mod, *.mov, *.mts, *.m2t, *.m2ts, *.ts, *.tp, *.trp, *.evo, *.mkv, *.dv. The output files created by the program can are compatible with lots of video editing programs including Final Cut Pro, FCP X, FCE, iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas, Avid, Ulead VideoStudio Plus, Pinnacle Studio, CyberLink PowerDirector, etc. To be honest, i really like the software. Very quick conversions and lots of file format options. I find the software doing a Google search for video converters.
Below is a simple guide on how to Convert Nikon D7000 MOV files to Apple ProRes 422 for editing on FCP
Step 1. Load Nikon D7000 MOV videos to the MOD to FCP Converter for Mac.
Before this step, please Connect Nikon D7000 to Mac and Transfer Nikon MOV Video files to Mac or hard disk from outside, then launch Video Converter for Mac. Click the "Add" button to import the video files into the program, then you will see an interface as below.
Step 2. Click the "format" bar, choose "Apple ProRes 422(HQ) (*mov)" from "Final Cut Pro" as its output format. Tips:
Set possible best quality for FCP editing.
Click the "Settings
" button and customize proper video/ audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame 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 3. Convert Nikon D7000 MOV files for FCP workflow.
After everthing is done, click the big "Convert" button to start the conversion from Nikon D7000 MOV files to FCP friendly files.
Once the conversion completes, get the result video files, now just feel free to import and edit D7000 .mov footage in Final Cut Pro
Additional editing features of the MOV Video Converter for Mac:
1. Combine files together- check the files to be merged in file list and check 'Merge into one' box beside 'Settings' button.
2. Deinterlace- click 'Editor', switch to 'Effect' tab, find 'Deinterlacing' box, and check it to eliminate interlacing lines.
3. Thumbnail- click 'Snapshoot' button when previewing the video. Click 'Option' to set the image format of screenshots.
4. Trim a section of the movie- click 'Editor', switch to 'Trim' tab, and input time point in start and end box.