Importing MOV video files from a Nikon Coolpix A to FCP X

Summary: If you are looking for a Mac converter utility to transcode Nikon  Coolpix A video for editing with FCP X, you may come to the right place. This post introduces a reliable converter program for you to convert Nikon Coolpix A MOV files to Apple ProRes, the favorite editing codec of FCP X or its former version FCP 6 and FCP 7.

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”Hi, there, I am becoming more and more frustrated with my new Nikon Coolpix A camera. Can anyone help? I am a two-year FCP X user and have hit a wall with this camera. Every time when I tried to import Coolpix A .mov files to FCP X, the FCP X crashed without exception. I have not had these problems in the past with hard crashes like this. The Nikon Coolpix A MOV files I have are H.264 encoded Full HD 1080p (1920X1080) videos at 30fps. I’ve contacted Nikon support several times, unfortunately they have no clues, it’s sad. I’m hoping for a workaround to make FCP X recognize my Coolpix A MOV successfully. Please help if you have a solution. Thanks in advance.”

H264 is a beast, which is not recognized as “realtime editing codec” in FCP and FCP X. So H.264 needs to be transcoded to a realtime codec such as Apple ProRes 422 before editing. To do format conversion, third party converter app is necessary. Considering the ease of use and optimal ProRes output that matches your final use, Video Converter for Mac is an ideal choice.

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Convert H.264 MOV video files from a Nikon Coolpix A to Apple ProRes for FCP X

To do format conversion, follow these steps:
Step 1: Install and run Video Converter for Mac as the best Nikon H.264 Video Converter for Mac. As soon as the main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ button to load source video files.

Step 2: Select output format for FCP X
In order to convert Nikon Coolpix A MOV clips to Apple ProRes for FCP X or the former version FCP 6 and 7, from the Format bar, navigate 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 FCP 6/7, so when loading them into FCP, you needn’t wait for a long time for the rendering process.

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 (for advanced users)
Click ‘Settings’ button, the ‘Profile Settings’ window pops up, on which you are allowed to custom video and audio parameters like bit rate, frame rate, resolution, sample rate, and audio channels.

Step 4: Start transcoding Nikon Coolpix A MOV shootings to ProRes 422
When ready, click ‘Convert’ button to convert Nikon Coolpix A video files to Apple ProRes for editing with FCP X.

Tips: if you don’t want to wait around in front of your computer for the converting process, you can tick off ‘Shut down computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated ProRes QuickTime files
When the conversion is finished, simply click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported ProRes files for using in Final Cut Pro X with optimum performance.

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