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How to import video from Nikon D810 to iMovie


With the release of a new camera, the D810, Nikon consolidated the 800-series, two years after it shook up the high-end DSLR market with D800. As you see, the Nikon D810 is great for us to take high quality images and record full HD videos in H.264 MOV format. Sometimes, you may want to edit Nikon D810 MOV in iMovie before uploading or sharing with others. So, come with a question- can iMovie support Nikon D810 H.264 .mov files natively?

A bit frustrating. Many folks are having problems (such as greyed out) when importing Nikon D810 MOV files to iMovie on Mac. The basic reason is that the Nikon DSLR cameras record footage with H.264/MPEG-4 codec and save the files in MOV container format. This is an ideal file type for video capture in an SLR camera, delivering relatively compact file sizes with image quality noticeably superior to alternate video compressions (such as Motion JPEG). However, the H.264 compression format is not ideal format for editing with NLE. So, how to get Nikon D810 footage into iMovie for editing smoothly?

The best way is to convert Nikon D810 H.264 footage to iMovie compatible format, like Apple InterMediate Codec .mov, which is the best format for iMovie To make it, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, a professional Mac Nikon MOV converter tool is the right choice. It can generates optimal editing format/codec for filmmakers and video enthusiasts to use in different NLE apps, such as iMovie 8/9/10/11, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, and more. Just download a free trial here and follow the guide below to transcode Nikon D810 MOV to AIC for iMovie further editing.

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How to convert Nikon D810 MOV for editing in iMovie

STEP 1: Import Nikon D810 videos

Install and run the H.264 MOV to iMovie Converter, then run it. Click on "Add", and browse your files; select all the .MOV files you wanna convert. If you want to combine all the files together for easy importing to iMovie, please tick the box "Merge into one" on the main interface.


STEP 2: Choose a target format

You can directly choose the preset for iMovie which has been supplied by the Mac converter. The setting works for iMovie 08, iMovie 09, iMovie 11. Moreover, the Mac program has some simple edit functions like cropping, splitting, adding effects etc


Tips: Adjust the video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video & Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

STEP 3: Start Nikon H.264 MOV conversion on Mac

Click the Convert button to start transcoding Nikon MOV to AIC for iMovie immediately on Mac OS X.

This conversion process will finish soon. Afterwards, click the "Open" button to locate the output files and import to iMovie program. In this way, you can easily transfer and edit your Nikon D810 H.264 MOV files in iMovie smoothly.

Related Guides:

How to upload Nikon MOV videos to Sony Vegas
How to import Nikon MOV to Adobe Premiere Pro
How to transfer Nikon MOV footage into Final Cut Pro

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