Summary: To bypass the frustrated import issues while importing Nikon 1 S2 60p videos to FCP X for post-production, we would recommend that you transcode Nikon S2 60p MOV to Apple ProRes 422, the best suited editing codec for FCP X and the former version FCP 6 and FCP 7.
The new Nikon 1 S2 is a smart choice for people who are looking for the ideal combination of impressive speed, compact size, and powerful imaging performance. Besides capturing amazing images, the Nikon S2 also comes with the ability to record splendid HD videos in H.264 compressed MOV movie file format at 1920 x 1080/60p, 1920 x 1080/30p, 1280 x 720/60p and 1280 x 720/30p.
Like AVCHD, the H.264 is a highly compressed format good for capture and delivery, but not quite suitable for editing, if you intend to import and edit Nikon S2 H.264 movies in FCP X, you may have troubles one or another, this usually happened when you have 60p H.264 MOV video files. To bypass the frustrated import issues, we would recommend you transcode Nikon S2 60p MOV to Apple ProRes 422, the best suited editing codec for FCP X and the former version FCP 6 and FCP 7. To process format shifting, third party converter program like Video Converter for Mac is required. It features ease-to-use and intuitive interface, and best of all, it is ale to convert footage from your Nikon S2 to ProRes format for use in Final Cut Pro X.
Nikon S2 and FCP X workflow – convert S2 60p MOV to ProRes
In order to convert Nikon 1 S2 H.264 60p MOV files for use in FCP X, follow these steps:
Step 1: Install and run Video Converter for Mac as the best Nikon S2 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 S2 60p MOV 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.
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 S2 60p shootings to Apple ProRes 422
When ready, click ‘Convert’ button to convert Nikon S2 60p MOV 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 after conversion’ and go away to do other things.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files
When the conversion is finished, simply click ‘Open’ button to get the exported ProRes 422 files for using in Final Cut Pro X, or FCP 6/FCP7 with optimum performance.