This post is written for people who are having issues editing Nikon D3200 H.264 MOV footage in iMovie. It displays a workaround to transcode Nikon D3200 H.264 MOV video to AIC .mov for use in iMovie with optimum performance.
User question about iMovie not working with footage from Nikon D3200
“I’m using iMovie on my Macbook Pro and it usually works perfectly but i’m trying to make a video with the footage I took on my Nikon D3200 and iMovie works for about 5 minutes and then grinds to a holt. The clips uploaded fine but playback is slow/non existent. I end up having to restart the program only for it to happen again. Any suggestions?”
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 iMovie smoothly, we would recommend transcoding them to an iMovie 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 H.264 MOV footage to Apple’s InterMediate Codec for iMovie editing.
[Guide] How to encode Nikon D3200 H.264 MOV media to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?
To do this:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Nikon D3200 to iMovie Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
Step 2: Select output format for iMovie
For the purpose of converting Nikon D3200 H.264 MOV for use in iMovie, from ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
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 (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: Click ‘Convert’ to start Nikon D3200 H.264 MOV to AIC MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated AIC MOV files for using in iMovie with optimum performance.
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