Nikon Digital SLRs combine the latest in technology with ease of use to produce high-definition footages that are popular among the videographers, which is also a big competitor to canon. There are lots of hot models in Nikon DSLR series, like the newly released Nikon D7100 and D5200, as well as the D800, D600, D4, D3S, D90, D7000, D300S, D90, D3100 and more. No matter which one you choose and get, you can shoot excellent footage in 1080p or 720p as you want.
While, there are more than one users experienced something weird while trying to edit some Nikon DSLR camera video files in Final Cut Pro 7. The Nikon DSLR video can't be handled smoothly by the FCP 7 software on Mac. In fact, the files on the Nikon DSLRs are h.264 .mov files. The H.264 compression format requires that files be transcoded into a format better suited to editing, effects, and color grading; this would usually be Apple ProRes. So, to bring your Nikon H.264 mov footage into FCP 7 for smoothly editing on Mac, you're suggested to transcode Nikon h.264 to Apple ProRes, the native editing codec of FCP in advance. Along with some help from a third-party software.
That’s where Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac comes in: it 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 importing and editing Nikon Video files within Final Cut Pro 7 as fast and seamless as possible. Just download it and follow the guide below to convert Nikon D800/D4/D3S,/D90/D7000/D300S to Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X further editing.
How to Transcode Nikon H.264 MOV to Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro 7
Step 1: Download, install and launch the best Mac MOV to ProRes Converter to import your Nikon DSLR camera recorded h.264 footages to it.
Step 2: Click format bar to choose "Apple ProRes" codec for DSLR .mov. You are provided with five Apple ProRes options listed as below. You can choose a proper one that fit your needs best according to the main difference of the five ProRes codecs. You're recommended to choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)", it's best for FCP editing.
Step 3: 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.
Step 4: Hit "Convert" button to start transcoding Nikon H.264 MOV to Apple ProRes codec on Mac OS X. This conversion process will finish soon. Afterwards, click the "Open" button to locate the output files and import to FCP 7.
In this way, you can easily import and edit your Nikon H.264 video files in Final Cut Pro 7 smoothly.
Additional Tips: If you are also a Panasonic, Canon or Sony user, you can get the Full HD video camera tips to fast solve the MOV, AVCHD .mts/m2ts, MXF importing and editing issues.