Import and edit Nikon D7100 H.264 MOV clips in FCP X

This post presents the detailed steps required to transcode Nikon D7100 H.264 MOV files to ProRes 422 for editing in FCP X fast and smoothly. If you are looking for tips to speed up Nikon D7100 and FCP X workflow, you may wish to read it.
transcode Nikon D7100 H.264 MOV files to ProRes 422
The Nikon D7100 features a DX-format sensor with a resolution of 24.1MP, much like the Nikon D5200, although it’s important to point out that the two sensors are not the same. The sensor found here sees Nikon omit the anti-aliasing filter with a view towards better detail retention, although there can be issues with false colour patterning as a result of the aforementioned absence.

The sensor itself has exactly the same ISO sensitivity range as that found on the Nikon D7100, running from ISO 100-6400 and extendable to ISO 25,600. The sensor also supports full HD video capture at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at up to 30fps, or up to 60fps if you’re prepared to shoot at standard HD resolution of 720p. A pair of on-board microphones adds stereo sound support, and there’s a mic socket to fit an external one, too.

The D7100 records video files in H.264 MOV format. If for some reason you need to convert Nikon D7100 MOV files for FCP X editing, you may have interest in the step-by-step guide below, which guides you through the process of encoding Nikon D7100 H.264 MOV clips to Apple ProRes for working with FCP X with optimum performance.

Software requirement
HD Video Converter for Mac
Nikon D7100 and FCP X workflow

How to transcode Nikon D7100 H.264 MOV files to ProRes 422 for transferring to FCP X more flawlessly?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Nikon D7100 MOV to ProRes Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
convert Nikon D7100 MOV files for FCP X

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP X
From the Format bar, move 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 its former version FCP 6 and 7. When loading them into FCP (X), you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
encoding Nikon D7100 H.264 MOV clips to Apple 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: Adjust video and audio settings (for advanced users)
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: Click ‘Convert’ to start Nikon D7100 H.264 MOV to ProRes MOV conversion.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro X/7/6 with optimum performance.

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