How to edit Nikon D3200 1080p MOV files in FCP X?

This post displays a way of converting Nikon D3200 1080p MOV video files to ProRes 422 for use in FCP X directly and fluidly. If you have any issues editing Nikon D3200 H.264 footage in FCP X, you may wish to read this post.
Nikon D3200
Having issues importing Nikon D3200 1080p video files to Final Cut Pro X
“Hi, guys, I have some video recordings which I want to edit in FCP X. These files are taken with a Canon D3200 camera in Full HD 1920×1080 at 30p. The D3200 employs H.264 codec and saves footage in MOV container. I have crashing issues importing D3200 footage to FCP X. How can I fix that? Please suggest solutions? Many thanks.”

Equipped with a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and Nikon’s powerful EXPEED 3 image processing engine, the Nikon D3200 offers outstanding photos and Full HD D-movies. You can record Full HD (1080p) movies in 30p, 25p and 24p in any light. The D3200 employs H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding video compression and stores video recordings in an MOV wrapper. If for some reason you are unable to work with Nikon D3200 H.264 MOV video in FCP X smoothly, we would recommend transcoding them to a FCP X friendly format prior. This requires third party software like HD Video Converter for Mac. Read on to find a step-by-step guide talking about how to convert Nikon D3200 1080p H.264 MOV footage to Apple ProRes 422 for FCP X editing.

Canon D3200 and FCP X – how to transcode Canon D3200 MOV files to ProRes 422 for transferring to FCP X more flawlessly?

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter for Mac
Nikon D3200 to FCP X Converter

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Nikon D3200 to FCP X Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
converting Nikon D3200 1080p MOV video files to ProRes 422 for FCP X

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP X
From the Format bar, move to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format. Apple ProRes is the best suited editing codec for FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and 7. When loading them into FCP (X), you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
editing Nikon D3200 H.264 footage in FCP X
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: Adjust video and audio settings (for advanced users)
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: Click ‘Convert’ to start Canon D3200 MOV to ProRes MOV conversion.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro X with optimum performance.

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