How do I edit Nikon D750 MOV video files in Mac iMovie, FCE, and FCP X?

This post describes a workaround to convert Nikon D750 footage for editing on Mac iMovie, FCE, and FCP X with optimum performance. If you are looking for a solution to do this, you may wish to read it.

I want to put Nikon D750 footage into FCP X for further editing?
I have a bunch of H.264 .mov recordings from my Nikon D750 camera. Now I want to transfer them to my iMac and then put them into FCP X for further editing. How do I do? It seems that FCP X doesn’t work well with H.264 files. I heard that H.264 MOV video files should be converted to ProRes which maintains high quality but compatible with FCP X. Is there any freeware or shareware to convert Nikon D750 H.264 *.mov files to ProRes? Thanks for any recommendations.”
nikon d750

The Nikon D750 is more like a Nikon D610 with inbuilt Wi-Fi, a tilt screen and updated video skills. The key features of Nikon D750 include a 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor, built-in Wi-Fi and 1080p video capture capability up to 60fps. If you are shooting with a Nikon D750, you will find like other Nikon DSLRs, the D750 records video files in H.264 QuickTime MOV recording format. If you plan on transferring Nikon D750 MOV footage to Mac for editing through iMovie, FCE or FCP X, you will need to convert them to a format that is best suited for your editing programs, so as to expect an optimum performance. Go to find a step-by-step guide talking about how to transcode Nikon D750 MOV to AIC for editing in iMovie/FCE and rewrap Nikon D750 H.264 MOV to ProRes 422 for use in FCP X.

Software requirement
Video Converter for Mac
Nikon D750 MOV Video Converter for Mac
You are able to drag all your Nikon D750 files to this program and convert then all at once. You don’t have to stay there and do one at a time.

Edit D750 Videos on Mac – how to encode Nikon D750 MOV footage to compatible files for iMovie, FCE and FCP X?
To do this:
Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Nikon D750 MOV Video Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
convert Nikon D750 footage for editing on Mac

Step 2: Select output format for your editing program
To convert Nikon D750 MOV for iMovie/FCE, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
convert Nikon D750 MOV for iMovie/FCE

To transcode D750 MOV 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.
convert Nikon D750 H.264 *.mov files to ProRes
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 D750 H.264 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, Final Cut Express 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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