Summary: The new Nikon S2 camera is capable of recording Full HD MOV video files in 1920 x 1080 at 60p and 30p, as well as HD 1280 x 720 at 60p and 30p. If you have troubles while editing Nikon S2 MOV movies in iMovie, you may consider transcoding Nikon S2 media to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC), iMovie’s favorite editing codec, which iMovie handles quite well.
“Hey, all, I’m a paramedic, in Pinellas county Florida. I like photography as a hobby. I recently bought a new Nikon S2 camera. It recorded video files in H.264 MOV format. I wanted to import Nikon S2 H.264 MOV to iMovie to do some basic editing, and iMovie recognized my Nikon S2 videos for import. But there was a huge problem when I began to edit them. I could only hear the audio, but there was a black screen for the video. I knew that some certain video files may require conversion before importing to iMovie, did this mean I need to convert my Nikon S2 videos into an editing format for iMovie? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.”
Yes, it’s true, if you have any issues while editing Nikon S2 H.264 MOV footage in iMovie, you may consider transcoding Nikon S2 media to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC), iMovie’s favorite editing codec, which iMovie handles quite well. This required third party converter utility like Video Converter for Mac (it works great as a Nikon S2 Video Converter for Apple).
The Video Converter for Mac is a converter program designed for transcoding HD media, including camera and camcorder videos files to whatever format you need with best video and audio synchronization. It supported camera brands include Canon, Sony, JVC, Nikon, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Pentax, Red, Blackmagic, Sanyo, and so on. With this little tool, you are able to create editable files for NLEs like FCP X, FCP 6/7, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid MC, DaVinci Resolve, Premiere Pro CS 6, Sony Vegas, etc. and export playable files for iOS devices, Android devices, HD Media Players, Game consoles and more.
How to import Nikon S2 H.264 MOV to iMovie for editing?
To be able to import and edit Nikon S2 H.264 MOV files in iMovie smoothly, you will need to convert Nikon S2 footage to AIC for iMovie. To do format conversion, follow these steps:
1. Install and run Video Converter for Mac as a Nikon S2 Video Converter for Apple. The main interface appears as below:
2. Click on ‘Add File’ to add your Nikon S2 H.264 60p/30p MOV footage to the program.
3. Select output format for iMovie
To create editable files for iMovie, from the Format bar, choose ‘Apple InterMediateCodec (AIC) (*.mov) as output format from ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. Note that the AIC codec is also accepted by Final Cut Express and 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.
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. Click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ window to custom video and audio settings. (for advanced users)
5. When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding Nikon S2 H.264 MOV footage to AIC – the best suited editing format for using within Apple iMovie.
6. When the conversion process is done, click on ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC QuickTime files and open them in iMovie for further editing.