This post introduces an easy and direct workflow for Nikon Coolpix AW130/S33 and Mac iMovie/FCP X. If you are looking for such a solution, you can read on to find a step-by-step guide regarding converting Coolpix AW130/S33 video to a Mac friendly format for editing in iMovie and FCP X.
Nikon has recently refreshed its rugged camera lineup with the COOLPIX AW130 and COOLPIX S33, two durable compact cameras capable of capturing incredible images and Full HD videos, even under extreme conditions. Both the two COOLPIX cameras are waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof and ready for nearly any adventure, whether it’s an epic ski trip or just the backyard pool party.
The AW130 sports a 16MP CMOS sensor, 24-120mm equivalent zoom range, a 3” 920k dot OLED, 1080/30p video capture, Wi-Fi/NFC and built-in GPS. It can be submerged down to 30m/100 ft, is shockproof up to 2.1m/7 ft and freeze proof down to -10C/14F.
The S33 has a 13.2MP CMOS sensor, 3x zoom range, a 2.7” QVGA LCD and the ability to capture 1080/30p video. It is waterproof down to 10m/33 ft, shockproof from 1.5m/5 ft and freeze proof down to -10C/14F.
Both of Nikon’s new COOLPIX AW130/S33 additions are capable of recording incredible Full HD videos in H.264 format, which is a format suitable for capture and delivery, but not quite proper for editing. If you are searching for a fast and fluid workflow, you will need to transcode Coolpix AW130/S33 H.264 video files to a Mac friendly format before editing. This requires third party app like HD Video Converter for Mac. In this post, we will demonstrate the detailed steps required to transcode Coolpix AW130/S33 H.264 video to AIC for iMovie and encode Coolpix AW130/S33 H.264 files to ProRes 422 for FCP X.
[Guide] How to convert Coolpix AW130/S33 video for editing in iMovie and FCP X?
First of all, download a demo of HD Video Converter for Mac
Then follow these steps:
Step 1: Open up HD Video Converter for Mac as a Nikon Coolpix AW130/S33 Video Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
Step 2: Select output format for your editing program
To convert Nikon Coolpix AW130/S33 video for iMovie, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. This output format is also suitable for editing in Final Cut Express.
To transcode Nikon Coolpix AW130/S33 H.264 video files for FCP X, select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is also workable in its former version FCP 6 and FCP 7.
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 (optional)
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: Begin Nikon Coolpix AW130/S33 movies to MOV Conversion on Mac
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files or ProRes MOV files for editing in iMovie or FCP X with optimum performance.
If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.
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