Summary: If for some reason iMovie doesn’t recognize Samsung NX3000 camera for import, you will need to transcode NX3000 H.264 MP4 to AIC (Apple’s InterMediate Codec), iMovie’s favorite editing codec using third party software. This post explains how to do about this.
Being the latest edition to Samsung’s award winning NX series of compact system cameras, the new NX3000 is the great choice for people who want something better than a phone camera and stylish to record life’s meaningful activities in impressive detail.
More than shooting stunning still images, the Samsung NX3000 also features ability to capture movies in MPEG4 AVC/H.264 compressed MP4 wrapper at resolutions of 1920×1080, 1920×810, 1280×720 , 640×480, and 320×240. The MP4 recording format should be a file type that well compatible with editing programs like iMovie, FCP X, Windows Movie Maker, etc., but for some reason, users still have import issues while loading NX3000 MP4 clips to iMovie for basic editing. Let’s see a user question: “Hi, there, I’ve recorded some HD video with my new Samsung NX3000 mirrorless camera. I like to import the NX3000 video to iMovie but it does not recognize the camera for import. Does anybody know what to do about this?”
If for some reason iMovie doesn’t recognize NX3000 for import, you will need to transcode NX3000 H.264 MP4 to AIC (Apple’s InterMediate Codec), iMovie’s favorite editing codec using third party software like Video Converter for Mac, which works perfectly as a NX3000 Video Converter for Mac.
Samsung NX3000 and iMovie workflow – convert NX3000 H.264 MP4 to AIC
To be able to make iMovie work with Samsung NX3000 footage, follow these steps:
1. Install and run Video Converter for Mac as a Samsung NX3000 Video Converter for Mac. When its main interface appears, click ‘Add File’ to load your MP4 files to the program.
2. 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.
3. Click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ window to custom video and audio settings. (for advanced users)
4. When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding NX3000 media to AIC – the best suited editing format for using within Apple iMovie.
5. When the conversion process is done, click on ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC QuickTime files and open them in iMovie to create your own masterpieces.