Summary: If you intend to edit Pentax K-S1 H.264 Full HD movie clips through iMovie, FCE, or FCP X, you may wish to read this post. It explains how to convert Pentax K-S1 H.264 files to MOV format for editing on Mac iMovie, FCE and FCP X with lossless quality.
The Pentax K-S1 is capable of shooting beautiful 1920 x 1080 Full HD video files at 30p, 25p and 24p in the H.264 recording format, which assures flawless, high-quality movie clips even with fast-moving subjects. If you try to import the K-S1 H.264 footage to Apple iMovie, FCE or FCP X to do basic editing, you may come upon import issues or performance issues one or another. That’s because the H.264 is a highly compressed video format, which is good for capture and delivery but not quite suitable for editing.
To be able to make the editing process of Pentax K-S1 H.264 footage in iMovie, FCE or FCP X more smoothly, you are suggested to transcode them to a format that is well compatible with your editing program. For instance, you can convert Pentax K-S1 H.264 movies to AIC .MOV for use in iMovie/FCE, and encode Pentax K-S1 H.264 recordings to ProRes .MOV for working with FCP X. Read on to find a step-by-step guide talking about how to convert Pentax K-S1 H.264 footage to MOV for editing on Mac iMovie, FCE and FCP X maintaining original quality.
Video Converter for Mac
This converter software is capable of re-encoding HD and SD videos in various formats (including camera/camcorder footage) to optimal file types for editing in iMovie, Final Cut Express, FCP 6/7, FCP X, Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, Pinnacle Studio, DaVinci Resolve, Windows Movie Maker, Sony Movie Studio and more.
How to convert Pentax K-S1 H.264 files to MOV for iMovie, FCE, and FCP X?
Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Pentax K-S1 H.264 Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
Step 2: Select output format for your editing program
To convert Pentax K-S1 H.264 video to AIC MOV for iMovie/FCE, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
Note that the AIC codec is also accepted by Final Cut Pro (HD 4.5 through 5), but rarely used in Final Cut Pro as of Version 6 since it now uses the ProRes codecs instead of the Apple Intermediate Codec.
To transcode Pentax K-S1 H.264 files to ProRes MOV for FCPX, you need to select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is suitable for editing in FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and FCP 7.
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.
Step 3: Custom video and audio settings (optional)
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.
Step 4: Begin Pentax K-S1 H.264 to MOV Conversion on Mac
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files or ProRes MOV files for editing in iMovie, Final Cut Express or FCP 7/6/X with optimum performance.
If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.
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