How can I edit Nikon 1 J1/J4/S2/V3 MOV files in Premiere Pro?

Summary: If you are having issues while editing Nikon MOV files in Premiere Pro, you may wish to read this post. It explains a way to transcode 1080p Full HD MOV footage from Nikon 1 J1/J4/S2/V3 for use in Premiere with lossless quality.

“Hello, I’m attempting to find out a solution to batch transfer Full HD MOV footage from a Nikon 1 J1 to Premiere Pro workable files. I want the footage to stay 1080p without audio and video slipping out of sync issue. Is there a way to do this?”

“Hi, does anyone know a useful and reliable Nikon MOV Video Converter? I’m having serious problems with the one I already have installed on my computer. When I first installed the app, it worked great, but soon after, it’s been buggy, and now, after the latest update, it’s unusable. I own a Nikon 1 J4, and want to convert its 1080p footage (H.264/MOV) for editing in Premiere Pro. Any suggestions?”

If you are shooting with a Nikon 1 J1, Nikon 1 S2, Nikon 1 J4, or Nikon 1 V3, you may run into the same situations as mentioned above. To be able to successfully convert the MOV video files from Nikon cameras for working with Premiere Pro swimmingly, you can give Video Converter a shot. It features optimal format presets for Premiere Pro, and converts videos without audio and video out of sync issues.

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How to convert Nikon 1 J1/J4/S2/V3 MOV files for editing in Premiere Pro?

The steps:
Step 1: Start up Video Converter as a Nikon MOV to Premiere Converter. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.

Step 2: Choose output format for Premiere Pro
1) Convert Nikon 1 J1/J4/S2/V3 MOV files to DNxHD MOV for Premiere Pro

If you are running Premiere Pro on a Windows PC, you can from ‘Format’ bar, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
convert Nikon 1 J1/J4/S2/V3 MOV files to DNxHD MOV for Premiere Pro

2) Transcode Nikon 1 J1/J4/S2/V3 MOV files to ProRes MOV for Premiere Pro
If you are using Premiere Pro on a Mac, you can select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column.
transcode Nikon 1 J1/J4/S2/V3 MOV files to ProRes MOV for Premiere Pro

3) You can also select ‘MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ option.
editing Nikon MOV files in Premiere Pro
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
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: Start Nikon 1 J1/J4/S2/V3 MOV files to Premiere Conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported MOV files for use in Premiere Pro with optimum performance.

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