Summary: If you want to edit Nikon D7100 footage in Final Cut Pro, read the guide will show the easy way to import Nikon D3100 video to FCP by converting Nikon H.264 MOV to ProRes 422, the format for FCP.
Nikon D7100 is Nikon's latest DX sensor Digital SLR, and features a 24.1 megapixel APS-C sensor with AA filter removed for ultra sharp images. Video options are 1920x1080 resolution at 30/25/24p with 720 at 60/50p, quality: high or normal. You can set to microphone sensitivity manually or leave it on auto, as well as set which SD slot you want videos recorded to. You can also set whether you want to record from the 1.3x cropped area.
The Nikon D7100 is great for us to take high quality images and record vivid full HD videos. However, when you attempt to import Nikon D7100 videos to Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X for some editing, you may find Final Cut Pro can not handle the H.264 MOV files natively. To solve the problem, the key point is to convert Nikon D7100 MOV footage to FCP format- ProRes 422 for importing on Mac OS X. Well, here is the quick guide about how to transcode Nikon D7100 H.264 files to FCP most compatible format Apple ProRes 422 in high quality.
At first, a piece of third-party software is needed to do the job. For the sake of quality, Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended. This program is known as the best Nikon H.264 MOV Converter for Mac which is good at encoding camera shootings in different formats (H.264 MOV, MTS/M2TS, MXF, etc.) to video editing software compatible file types, i.e. ProRes for FCP, AIC for iMoive, and DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, making the experience of editing Nikon D7100 HD Video footage with Final Cut Pro 6/7/X as fast and seamless as possible. Just download a free trial here and follow the guide below.
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Transcoding Nikon D7100 H.264 footage to Apple Prores for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X
Step 1: Install and launch this Mac Nikon H.264 MOV Converter and load D7100 H.264 MOV clips to the program. You can click either “Add Video” button or “Add from folder” button to load source MOV files.
If you want to combine the loaded MOV clips into one file, simply tick off the checkbox before “Merge into one file”.
Step 2: Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format.
1. If you prefer smaller file size, choose “Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)” instead.
To get high quality, please choose “Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (*.mov)” instead. The Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) codec offers the utmost possible quality for 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 sources (without an alpha channel) and provides the following:
Target data rate of approximately 220 Mbps (1920 x 1080 at 60i)
Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422
Learn more Apple ProRes, please refer to Types of Apple ProRes Codecs
2. By clicking “Settings” button, you are able to enter the “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video and audio parameters for your Nikon MOV source files, including video size, bit rate, frame rate and more.
Step 3: Click “Convert” button to start transcoding Nikon D7100 mov footage to Apple ProRes Codec for Final Cut Pro.
Once the process completes, you are able to ingest your Nikon D7100 mov footage to FCP 6/7/X for further editing on Mac without any incompatibility issues.
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