Nikon D800 Import Tips-Flawlessly import Nikon D800 MOV to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X

Through Google, you can see many folks are talking about how to import Nikon D800 files into Final Cut Pro for editing without rendering time. Yes, as one of the hottest DSLRs (like Nikon D7000, D5100, D3100, D3200, and D5100, etc.) in the market, Nikon D800 records Full HD 1080p MOV video at 30/25/24p which is perfect for viewing but not so good for editing. If you have got the Nikon D800 and often use it to record 1080p mov videos, you may want to edit D800 h.264 footages 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, crash and couldn't edit H.264 videos smoothly.

To edit recorded MOV footages in FCP, Apple Prores video is highly recommended because you can enjoy a smoother and faster editing process.

So how to import Nikon D800 video into Final Cut Pro for editing without crashing problem and avoid rendering? An optional workaround is converting the Nikon D800 H.264 shootings to Apple ProRes codec, which is fully compatible with Final Cut Pro. When a 1080p HD .mov clip is converted into Apple ProRes .mov it can be loaded to FCP instantly. Below shows you how to convert Nikon D800 .mov to Apple ProRes codec, the high-definition video compression format specifically developed for Final Cut Pro.

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The professional Mac Nikon H.264 to FCP 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.

1. Install and run the professional Nikon MOV Converter FCP 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. Choose the best codec for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X
Hit "Format" bar to choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as best output video format for use in FCP 6/7 or FCP X.

The ingested Nikon D800 files could be significantly larger than the original files, which has a much higher compression ratio than Apple ProRes. If you prefer smaller file size, choose "Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)" instead. The "Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) (*.mov)" format offers file size at SD levels and is recommended for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings.

3. Click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/ audio parameters if necessary.  E.g. set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate (from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p). You may skip this step as well.

4. Hit "Add" icon, set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.

5. Click convert button in the main interface to start transcoding Nikon H.264 MOV to ProRes 422 MOV Final Cut Pro.

After converting the Nikon DSLR MOV video to ProRes format, you can easily import/edit Nikon D800 h.264 mov files in Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X smoothly on Mac Mountain Lion 10.8.


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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