Does iMovie 11 support Nikon D7100 H.264 MOV footage?

Summary: This topic covers the way to transcode Nikon D7100 footage in format of H.264 MOV to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC), so that you can smoothly import D7100 clips into iMovie 11 or its former version to create your own masterpieces.

“I recently purchased a new Nikon D7100 camera, and it’s cool and stores footage in H.264 MOV format. My problem is that when I attempted to import those MOV clips into iMovie 11 for editing on My MacBook Pro, there’s no go. Does iMovie 11 support Nikon D7100 H.264 MOV footage? If not, I was wondering how can I import Nikon D7100 H.264 MOV clips into iMovie 11 or how can I make iMovie 11 accept my Nikon MOV shootings? My D7100 supports full HD 1080p videos and records at 60i, 60i, 30, 25 and 24 frames per second.”

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For some reason, the popular H.264 codec is not well supported by traditional nonlinear editing application like iMovie, Final Cut Pro, FCE, Adobe Premiere and Avid Media Composer. If you intend to edit Nikon D7100 H.264 MOV within iMovie 11, you can consider using a Nikon camera converter for Mac to transcode your footage to AIC, the best suited editing codec for iMovie. In that way, you can expect the iMovie ingests your recordings without import issues. Here’s how.

Transcode/convert Nikon D7100 H.264 MOV footage to AIC for iMovie 11

1. Free download the Nikon MOV Converter for Mac. Install and run it. The main interface appears as below:

2. Click on ‘Add File’ to add your Nikon D7100 MOV footage from your camera or from a card reader, or from an archived folder that contains your source media.

3. From the Format bar, choose ‘Apple InterMediateCodec (AIC) (*.mov) as output format from ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. The AIC codec is also accepted by Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro.

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.

4. (Optional) If you intend to modify video and audio settings in your own way, you can click on ‘Settings’ to do so. On the popup ‘Profile Settings’ panel, you are allowed to adjust video and audio parameters such as video codec, video bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, audio bit rate, sample rate and audio channels.

5. When ready, click on ‘Convert’ to start transcoding Nikon D7100 h.264 mov 1080p footage to AIC – the best suited editing format for using within Apple iMovie Version 11, 8, or 9.

6. When the footage transcoding process is complete, click on ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC QuickTime files.

Free download a trial of Nikon D7100 MOV to AIC Converter
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