Nikon D7500 and iMovie workflow-edit D7500 files in iMovie

How can I work with Nikon D7500 video recordings in iMovie smoothly? If you are having issues editing Nikon D7500 footage in iMovie, you may wish to read this post. It guides you through the process of converting D7500 files to Apple InterMediate Codec for use in iMovie with optimum performance.
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Issues editing Nikon D7500 video in iMovie
“Hi there, just purchased my Nikon D7500 camera, then shot some 4K UHD video at 30p in H.264 QuickTime MOV format. The import to the iMovie goes well. But the editing process is unstable and unreliable. iMovie can not play the clips smoothly. When paying the preview from the time line the play back is really jerky and slow. Is there anything I can do to fix this? Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks!”

May not be the best nor most cost effective solution but we use HD Convertor for Mac. We use it because it allows us to convert to pretty much any file type we want. Often convert to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC .mov) then edit in iMovie fluidly. Here’s how.

How to transcode Nikon D7500 video to AIC for iMovie editing?

Software requirement
HD Converter for Mac
work with Nikon D7500 video recordings in iMovie

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open up HD Converter for Mac as a Nikon D7500 Converter for iMovie. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
work with Nikon D7500 video recordings in iMovie

Step 2: Select output format for iMovie
To convert Nikon D7500 video files for iMovie, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. This codec is also suitable for use in the discontinued FCE.
issues editing Nikon D7500 footage in iMovie
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 D7500 video files to AIC 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 for editing in iMovie with optimum performance.
If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Shut down computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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