Friday, June 7, 2013

Transcode Nikon D7100 H.264 MOV to Quicktime MOV for playing and editing on Mac

Description: This tutorial will help you transcode Nikon D7100 1080p H.264 MOV to Quicktime MOV format for playing or editing on Mac Mountain Lion 10.8.

"I recorded some 1080p mov videos with a Nikon D7100 from a friend, but somehow these mov files could not playback smoothly in Quicktime? I can watch them normally on camera without jerky so the videos are ok. Can someone help?"

Nikon D7100 is a newly launched high-end DSLR camcorder, with the 24.1-megapixel enthusiast-level device and price tag topping the £1,000 marker. It is equipped with some new features, such as the DX-format CMOS sensor of 24.1 effective megapixels and the high-performance EXPEED 3 image-processing engine without a low-pass filter, which enable sharp focusing with high resolution. The incredible combination of the high pixel count and the full HD quality of the D7100 can be enhanced further with NIKKOR lenses, which offer superior rendering performance made possible with Nikon's own optical technologies.

However, you may have hard time playing Nikon D7100 1080p MOV footage in QuickTime Player, for it is H.264 encoded high-def streams. Many nonlinear editing programs on mac do not support H.264 codec directly, not even QuickTime player.

If you have a powerful PC with powerful editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 (or Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD, Avid MC) installed, it won't be a problem for playing and editing the 60D footage, otherwise you may get involved in playing back and editing issues. In that case, many people convert the H.264 codec into other codecs that are more common, e.g. Quicktime mov format. So is there an easy-to-use converting program to help with this?

I've tested a lot and finally found this Nikon H.264 MOV to QuickTime MOV Converter is exactly what I need. No need to install third party plug-in, no need to fix the settings manually, just import, choose QuickTime MOV, and click Convert; it's just as simple as that. The software does a good job in editing H.264 .mov files directly and easily convert Nikon D7100 video to AVI, WMV, MPG, FCP, iMovie/FCE, etc. You can also remux, Trim, cut, split, mix videos, overlays, add 3D effect to D7100 H.264 footages. Now Mac 10.8.3 is supported, feel free to have a try!

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Now get this Nikon MOV converter for Mac installed; you can order a license directly or download a trial version here.
Ok let's move on.

How to convert Nikon D7100 1080p Videos to Quicktime MOV for playing and editing on Mac?

Step 1. Connect your Nikon D7100 camera to Mac with USB cable or use card reader to transfer the MOV files to Apple hard drive disk.

Step 2. Add Nikon D7100 1080p H.264 MOV videos to Nikon 1080p Video to Quicktime MOV Converter for Mac

Run this Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac, and click the "Add Files" button to load individuals mov videos; or you can click "Add from folder" to load the entire folder. 

Step 3. Choose editing program compatible format. 

Click the "Profile" option, you will find various video formats sorted by different programs/devices. To get high video quality with least quality loss, you can choose Common Videos > MOV-QuickTime(*.mov).

Click "Settings", you can fix the size to 1920*1080 to get better video quality; also you can fix the bitrate, frame rate as what you need.

Step 4. Now click the big red "Converter" and wait for a while to get the fresh hot converted video. Click "Browse" to locate them directly. Ok now the transcoded files now are ready for editing and playing back in QuickTime Player.    

This HD Video Converter for Mac is not only capable of converting Nikon footages, but also able to convert various video formats to each other. Refer to here to learn how to convert CanonPanasonic and Sony footages to iPadFCP orApple TV, etc.

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