Convert Nikon D810 MOV to ProRes for FCP X

Published on by Chris King

Ever tried to import Nikon D810 MOV files to Final Cut Pro X? In fact, it is easy, fast and worth the effort. This tutorial mainly explains you how to get FCP X work beautifully with Nikon D810 footage.

Convert Nikon D810 MOV to ProRes for FCP X

As we know, the MOV footage captured by Nikon D810 is encoded with H.264 codec. The advanced compression method of H.264 results in much less storage and the same picture quality comparing with MPEG-4. However, the highly-compressed H.264 content does not work well with video editing software except for few ones. Then, how to import Nikon D810 MOV to FCP X perfectly? A best way is to convert Nikon D810 MOV to ProRes, something ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro.

If you have problems when editing Nikon D810 MOV files in FCP X and want to make a smooth editing, you can read on the article to learn more. Here I will outline how to transcode Nikon H.264 MOV to FCP for smoothly importing & editing.

Converting Nikon D810 MOV video to ProRes for editing in FCP X

The quick workaround is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac which can be used as a Nikon MOV to FCP Converter under Mac OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, etc. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Nikon MOV to ProRes for FCP, DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro, AIC for iMovie, etc., and it works well and converts flawlessly. Below is how.

Step 1. Add Nikon D810 footage

Once you run it, click Add button to load your source files. When the D810 MOV files are loaded, you can view the videos from the Preview window.

Step 2. Choose Apple ProRes as output format

Click "format" bar and choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as Final Cut Pro X compatible codec for editing Nikon D810 files in FCP smoothly. ProRes 422(HQ), ProRes 422(LT), Pro Res 444, Pro Res 422(Proxy) are all the proper choice.

Tips: Advanced video/audio settings

If the default settings do not fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters as you like.

Step 3. Convert Nikon D810 MOV to FCP X

Click “Convert” button and the Nikon D810 files will be converted to ProRes encoded MOV. You may check the converting progress and set auto shutdown in the conversion window. After conversion, click “Open” folder to find converted footage for importing to Final Cut Pro X as well as FCP 6, FCP 7.

Additional Tips:

This top  Nikon MOV to FCP Converter can also help you convert MOV files for other editing programs. If you want to use Nikon MOV files in Avid Media Composer, please choose the "Avid Media Composer -> DNxHD (*.mov)" as output; for iMovie and FCE, select “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”, or choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) for Adobe Premiere Pro.

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