How to encode Nikon 1 V3 H.264 MOV to AIC for iMovie/FCE?

Summary: So you just have purchased a new Nikon 1 V3 camera. Want to edit its MOV video files in iMovie/FCE but failed? No worry, this post explains how to transcode Nikon 1 V3 H.264 MOV video files to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) for use in iMovie and Final Cut Express.

My Nikon 1 V3 files need to be in Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) 
“Hi, everyone, I’m wondering if you can help please. I work for a video house and we video tape many different events. The customers will not expect anything but the best video quality. Yesterday, one of our clients delivered some H.264 MOV video files to me, and the files are taken with a camera Nikon 1 V3. Now I need them to be in Apple InterMediate Codec, so that iMovie and FCE will accept them as import smoothly. This is the first for me to handle Nikon files, so I don’t have any clues on this. Does anyone know any converters that can transcode Nikon 1 V3 H.264 MOV to AIC for working in iMovie and Final Cut Express fine?”
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Our Quick Answer
The HD Video Converter for Mac is able to rewrap Nikon 1 V3 MOV files to AIC for use in iMovie and FCE with optimal quality. It is a very easy product to use. Even if you are the first time to use it, it will not take you very long to figure out the program. More than converting Nikon MOV to AIC, this program is also able to handle AVCHD, MXF, XDCAM, XAVC, XAVC S, MKV, TiVo… files and generate files for use in FCP X, DaVinci Resolve, Premiere Pro CS6, Sony Vegas, iOS devices, Android tablets/smartphones, and more.

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Nikon 1 V3 and iMovie/FCE workflow – How to encode Nikon 1 V3 H.264 MOV to AIC for iMovie/FCE?

To be able to convert Nikon 1 V3 footage for use in iMovie/FCE, follow these steps:

1. Install and run HD Video Converter for Mac as a Nikon Video to QuickTime Converter for Mac. When its main interface appears as below, you can click ‘Add Video’ to load your Nikon 1 V3 footage to the program.

2. From the Format bar, choose ‘Apple InterMediateCodec (AIC) (*.mov) as output format from ‘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.

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.

3. Click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ window to custom video and audio settings like resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, audio channel, etc.

4. When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding Nikon V3 MOV footage to AIC – the best suited editing format for using within Apple iMovie Version 11, 8, or 9, as well as Final Cut Express.

5. When the conversion process is complete, click on ‘Open’ button to get the generated AIC QuickTime files and open them in iMovie/FCE for further editing.

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