Summary: If you are looking for a program to encode Nikon J4 QuickTime files to Apple ProRes 422 for smoothly use in FCP X, this post may give you some hints. It details how to use Nikon J4 Video Converter for Mac to do format conversion before editing.
Question: “I shoot some video with the Nikon 1 J4 camera which outputs H.264 MOV and I wanted it converted to ProRes 422 for editing in FCP X. Can anyone advice what program should I use? My concerns are ease of use and lossless file quality as the original. Any ideas?”
The Nikon J4 camera features an 18MP CX-format sensor, an improved Hybrid AF system with 105 phase detect points across nearly 100% of the frame, 20 fps burst shooting with continuous AF and Wi-Fi. With the Expeed 4 processor and advanced AF system, the J4 is capable of burst shooting at 20 fps with continuous autofocus (and 60 fps without). The J4 uses H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding to process video compression and stores movie files in MOV recording format with PCM audio recording. If you are trying to encode Nikon J4 QuickTime files to Apple ProRes 422 for smoothly use in FCP X, you can try out Video Converter for Mac, which works excellently as a Nikon J4 Video Converter for FCP X.
Nikon J4 and FCP X import issue –transcode J4 MOV to ProRes for FCP X
To be able to encode Nikon J4 H.264 MOV to ProRes 422 for FCP X using HD Video Converter for Mac, follow these steps:
Step 1: Install and run Video Converter for Mac as the best Nikon J4 Video Converter for FCP X. 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 J4 H.264 MOV clips 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.
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 （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 J4 H.264 MOV shootings to ProRes 422
When ready, click ‘Convert’ button to convert Olympus E-PL3 MTS files to Apple ProRes 422 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 QuickTime files
When the conversion is finished, simply click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported ProRes files for using in Final Cut Pro X with optimum performance.