Nikon COOLPIX P900 is an excellent camera, especially for nature photographers & travelers. It’s very sharp & easily focused. In addition to high-quality still photographs, it can capture Full HD 1920 x 1080p video at up to 60 fps as well as 4K UHD video at 30p with a built-in microphone providing stereo audio recordings.
We find one similar issue that Nikon users experienced while trying to edit some DSLR camera video files in iMovie is that the importing process is very slow and the program even crashed. As far as we know, the files on the Nikon DSLRs are h.264 MPEG-4 files. The H.264 compression format is required to be converted into a format(Apple ProRes/Apple InterMediate Codec in usual) better suited to editing, effects, and color grading.
Technically, FCP/iMovie does import MP4 video. However, FCP/iMovie only import MP4 files that are encoded with MPEG4/AAC or H.264/AAC data. And yet, MP4 is a video container format that may contain various audio and video codec (and sometimes even subtitle streams included). Nikon Coolpix P900 MP4 file is in H.264 MPEG-4 with stereo audio, FCP/iMovie will refuse to import this kind of MP4 video.
In order to successfully import Nikon Coolpix P900 H.264 MPEG-4 with stereo audio footage to FCP/iMovie, a recommended solution is to convert iMovie all those files to FCP/iMovie supported video format.
Pavtube Video Converter is just the right Nikon Coolpix P900 MP4 to FCP/iMovie Converter which can convert Nikon Coolpix P900 H.264 MPEG-4 with stereo audio footage to FCP/iMovie supported Apple ProRes/Apple InterMediate Codec files. Besides converting MP4 to FCP/iMovie, Pavtube Video Converter also helps to convert other video formats including AVI, WMV, MPEG, VOB, MOV, AVCHD, MTS, M2T, M2TS, TOD, MOD, XAVC, FLV, MKV, SWF, 3GP, MVI, ASF and etc to FCP/iMovie supported Apple ProRes/Apple InterMediate Codec files.
Moreover, this ideal MP4 to FCP/iMovie Converter tool also features advanced video editing function like trim, crop, rotate, merge, compress video/audio file size, increase sound volume, add or remove subtitles, add effect/watermark to video files, adjust video/audio bitrate, codec, frame rate, resolution, aspect ratio, sample rate, channels and etc.
The following will introduce a detailed guide on how to convert Nikon Coolpix P900 H.264 MPEG-4 to FCP/iMovie supported one.
How to Convert Nikon Coolpix P900 H.264 MPEG-4 to FCP/iMovie?
Free download the ideal MP4 to FCP/iMovie Converter – Pavtube Video Converter (if you try to convert Nikon Coolpix P900 H.264 MPEG-4 to FCP/iMovie on Mac, download the Mac version; if you try to convert Nikon Coolpix P900 H.264 MPEG-4 to FCP/iMovie on Windows, download the Windows version), install and launch it, the following interface will pop up.
Step 1. Add Nikon Coolpix P900 H.264 files
Just click “Add File” button to find the Nikon Coolpix P900 H.264 files that you want to import to FCP/iMovie and edit it. Batch conversion is also supported by dragging and dropping Nikon Coolpix P900 H.264 files one by one or the folder where Nikon Coolpix P900 H.264 files are to the main interface of the program.
Step 2. Choose output format
You can directly choose the preset iMovie/FCE –> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as the output format.
To edit videos on Final Cut Pro X native codec, you are recommended to choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), it’s best for Final Cut Pro X editing.
Read the difference of ProRes.
• Apple ProRes 422 – Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
• Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) – Keep original video quality for editing in FCP;
• Apple ProRes 422 (LT) – Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422;
• Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) – SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows.
• Apple ProRes 4444 – Edit and finish 4:4:4 material.
Actually, different Apple ProRes codec corresponds to different needs. Here you can refer to this article “Differences among Apple ProRes codec“.
1.When converting video to Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro X installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.
2.If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.
Step 3. You can click “settings” to adjust the output parameters, like resolution, bitrate, etc. Don’t forget the balance between video quality and size.
Step 4. Start conversion
Click the “Convert” button to start converting Nikon Coolpix P900 H.264 MPEG-4 to FCP/iMovie. After that, click the “Open” button to locate the output files and transfer the files to FCP or iMovie as usual.