We write this tutorial to help those who are having issues editing Nikon D5 4k/1080-60p MOV movies in FCP X. It presents a workaround to transcode Nikon D5 4k/1080-60p video to ProRes for use in FCP X with optimum performance.
Issues working with Nikon D5 1080p-60p files in FCP X
“Hey guys, I recently purchased a Nikon D5 camera, I have issues importing clips at 1080p-60 fps to Final Cut Pro X. When using preview they play perfectly…but when I put the video clips into Final Cut Pro X it goes all glitchy. I have tried many different ways importing the video clips onto Final Cut Pro X but its still goes glitchy when I play the video. I have been trying to figure this issue out for a couple of days, same results…and I’m starting to get a little annoyed. Please help…”
The new Nikon D5 is capable of shooting movies in MOV container at 4K UHD 3840 x 2160/24/25/30p, 1920 x 1080/50/60p and 640 x 424/25/30p. If for whatever reason you are having issues editing Nikon D5 4k/1080-60p MOV movies in FCPX, we would recommend transcoding them to a format that is best suitable for FCP X. Check a tutorial on how to transcode Nikon D5 4k/1080-60p movies to ProRes .mov for editing in Final Cut Pro X smoothly.
Nikon D5 4k/1080-60p and FCPX – transcode Nikon D5 4k/1080-60p footage to QuickTime .mov with ProRes codec for editing in FCP X
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Nikon D5 video to FCP X Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
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.
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 Nikon D5 4k/1080-60p footage 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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