Summary: Avid Media Composer can't support importing Nikon D800/D7100/D5200 H.264 MOV footage. The easy workaround is to transcode MOV to DNxHD,
native codec ensuring the best results for using Media Composer.
Nikon D800, D7100, D5200 are all the hottest DSLRs in the market. They are great for us to take high quality images and record vivid full HD videos. The Nikon D800/D7100/D5200 cam encodes footage with H.264 codec and save the files in MOV container format. However, I usually saw the camcorder users encounter importing issues when attempting to edit Nikon D800/D7100/D5200 MOV footage with Avid Media Composer like import it slowly, and couldn't edit videos smoothly.
In fact, the Nikon output H.264 codec is not friendly to Avid MC for editing. On Avid official website, it recommends DNxHD or XDCAM codec for editing, and DNxHD codec is the first choice. To edit Nikon video clips in Avid Media Composer smoothly, the best solution is to transcode H.264 MOV format to DNxHD codec, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Avid Media Composer. And this article we outline how to convert D800/D7100/D5200 MOV to DNxHD codec in detail.
Transcoding Nikon D800/D7100/D5200 MOV to DNxHD for Avid Media Composer
The quick solution for the problem likewise is to use Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, a top Mac Nikon h.264 MOV Converter. It supports transcoding all Nikon 1080p MOV files to DNxHD so that you can easily import the Nikon h.264 recordings to Avid Media Composer for editing on Mac(Lion, Mountain Lion included). This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time. If you are on Windows, get Video Converter. Below is a brief guide for you.
1. Free Download and run the best Nikon MOV to Avid Converter 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. Click “Format” bar to choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNXHD (*.mov), this format is best preset for Avid Media Composer editing.
Tip: Before start the conversion, you can:
a. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate（from 1Mbps to 20Mbps）, frame rate (24p/30p)
b. Editor (next to “Add” icon)- click to set deinterlace, trim, crop, add watermark, etc.
3. Click convert button in the main interface to start transcoding Nikon H.264 MOV to DNxHD .mov.
After the conversion, you can easily transfer and edit Nikon D800/D7100/D5200 h.264 .mov files in Avid MC 5/6/6.5/7 smoothly.
This Nikon MOV Converter Mac can also help you to Nikon files to FCP, iMovie, FCE, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc. If you want to edit Nikon MOV files in Final Cut Pro, please choose the "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output in the second step; for iMovie and FCE, select "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)"; For Premiere Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output.
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