Summary: If you have some problems in smoothly editing Nikon D800 videos in Final Cut Pro 7, you'd better transcode D800 H.264 .mov to Apple ProRes for FCP 7 before importing. Read on the article to get the solution.
Has anybody else had issues with importing Nikon D800 video files into FCP 7? The format is H264 codec MOV. This is the first time I've ever had crashing problems with H264.
Nikon D800 is great for us to take high quality images and record vivid full HD videos. You probably will also have the intention to edit D800 video in Final Cut Pro 7 on Mac like me after the recording. Then, problems will occur with you, Final Cut Pro including the FCP 7 doesn’t support Nikon D800 MOV footages well. So, what codec is best for editing in Final Cut Pro with Nikon video?
After searching widely and further, Apple ProRes 422 is the best supported video codec for Final Cut Pro. So, the best method to solve the FCP and H.264 MOV incompatibility problem is to convert Nikon H.264 MOV to ProRes for editing in Final Cut Pro 7. You can follow the steps below to transcode D800 MOV to FCP 7 for editing.
1. Download Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, a top-rated Nikon MOV Converter for FCP. This professional HD Video Converter can help you convert D800 MOV files to ProRes 422 MOV format for Final Cut Pro. Well, more output formats are also supported like AIC .mov for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere, etc to meet to your different needs.
2 . Install and launch the D800 MOV Converter to import the H.264 mov footage for converting.
Tip: Check the “Merge into one” box to combine the MOV files together.
3. Click format bar to choose the output format. Click and choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov).
Tip: You can click settings button in the main interface to adjust the output parameters, such as resolution, frame rate, etc, customize the parameters as you want. 1920*1080 video size and 30fps frame rate is recommened.
4. Click convert button to start transcoding D800 MOV video on Mac.
After converting the Nikon DSLR MOV video to ProRes format, you can easily import/edit Nikon D800 h.264 mov in Final Cut Pro 7 as well as FCP 6, FCP X smoothly on Mac.
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