Run into troubles working with Nikon Coolpix P610 / L840 / S9900 / S7000 / S6900 H.264 video files on Mac iMovie / FCP X? This post displays a way of converting Nikon P610, L840, S9900, S7000, S6900 video for editing in iMovie, FCP X with best suitable editing codec.
“For the photographer looking for a powerful compact zoom camera, Nikon’s newest COOLPIX cameras provide a variety of options designed to fit the creativity and needs of users,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The new COOLPIX P610, L840, S9900, S7000 and S6900 offer a wide range of zoom capabilities combined with trusted Nikon imaging technologies that deliver stunning results and incredible performance, whether near or far.”
The new COOLPIX P610, L840, S9900, S7000 and S6900 record movies in H.264/MPG-4 AVC format, a format suitable for capture and delivery, but not quite suitable for editing. For a fast and fluid editing workflow on Mac iMovie or FCP X, users might need to transcode COOLPIX P610, L840, S9900, S7000 and S6900 videos to AIC for iMovie and encode COOLPIX P610, L840, S9900, S7000 and S6900 movies to Apple ProRes 422 for FCP X. Read on to find a step-by-step guide talking about how to rewrap COOLPIX P610, L840, S9900, S7000 and S6900 recordings to iMovie/FCP X editable files using a useful third party converter called HD Video Converter for Mac.
How to convert Nikon Coolpix P610 / L840 / S9900 / S7000 / S6900 H.264 video files for iMovie and FCP X editing?
Step 1: Open up HD Video Converter for Mac as a Nikon Coolpix 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 P610 / L840 / S9900 / S7000 / S6900 H.264 movies to AIC MOV for iMovie, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. This output is also suitable for use in the discontinued Final Cut Express.
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.
To transcode Nikon Coolpix P610 / L840 / S9900 / S7000 / S6900 H.264 video files to ProRes MOV for FCP X, you need to select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is suitable for editing in FCP X and 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 P610 / L840 / S9900 / S7000 / S6900 H.264 video files 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, Final Cut Express or FCP 7/6/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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