Summary: This guide will talk about the Nikon D7100 compatibility with iMovie. If you are facing the issues importing Nikon D7100 MOV video to iMovie program, get the easy solution here.
Q: “iMovie dose not recognize my Nikon D7100, so I can't import any videos for editing. Dose any one know how to import movies from my Nikon to iMovie?
Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.4)”
If you’re experience the same issues, here’s an useful advice for you- converting Nikon D7100 .mov files to AIC codec before loading the footage to iMovie.
As one of the hottest DSLRs in the market as Nikon D5100, D800, the Nikon D7100 is great for us to take high quality images and record vivid full HD videos. The Nikon D7100 cam encodes footage with H.264 codec and save the files in MOV container format. The MOV format is iMovie friendly but H.264 codec is not natively supported (Apple InterMediate Codec is the favorite codec for iMovie in usual.). So, iMovie doesn't support Nikon D7100 H.264 MOV footages well. When you import the footage to iMovie, you may encounter many problems, like import it slowly, and couldn't edit videos smoothly or even the D7100 cam can’t be recognized by iMovie.
So how to import Nikon D7100 video into iMovie for editing without crashing problem and avoid rendering? Overall, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the best choice to help you transcode H.264 MOV to FCP, Avid, iMovie, Premiere Pro, FCE preferable format fast. It supports transcoding all Nikon 1080p MOV files to Apple InterMediate Codec, so that you can easily import the Nikon h.264 recordings to iMovie 8/9/10/11 for editing under Mac OS X(Lion, Mountain Lion included). This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time. Below is a brief guide for you.
How to import Nikon D7100 H.264 MOV footage to iMovie on Mac?
1. Free Download and run the best Mac Nikon MOV Video Converter for iMovie and drag Nikon MOV files to the software.
Tip: If you have multiple MOV files, you can select the “Merge into one” box to join your MOV files into one single file.
2. Hit the Format bar to select iMovie/FCE --> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov).
Tip: This MOV Converter for Mac can also help you to convert Nikon D7100 MOV to Apple ProRes codec for editing in Final Cut Pro.
3. Click convert button in the main interface to start transcoding Nikon H.264 MOV to iMovie AIC .mov on Mac.
Some more helpful features of the app:
1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate（from 1Mbps to 20Mbps）, frame rate (24p/30p)
2. Editor (next to “Add” icon)- click to set deinterlace, volume up, trim, crop, add watermark, etc.
After converting the Nikon DSLR MOV video to AIC format, you can easily import/edit Nikon D7100 h.264 mov files in iMovie smoothly on Mac.
If you want to edit Nikon mov clips in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6, you just need to choose the "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format in the second step; For Avid Media Composer, choose "Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)" as output; For Adobe Premiere Pro or Vegas Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output.
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