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Import file from Nikon Coolpix to FCP(X) on Mac (Lion included)

Will footage from my Nikon Coolpix S8100 work in FCP X?
"Dear all, I'm a novice looking to improve my home editing options, just for practice. I've got FCP X and was hoping to use footage from my Nikon Coolpix S8100. It will run, but only haltingly, and it makes the whole program move slowly. I don't know enough about transcoding to know whether it's even possible to convert this type of footage to a form that will run more smoothly. I know how to render footage in the timeline, but what I want is for all of the footage, pre-editing, to run smoothly. Is there a way to achieve this? And, if the footage is just completely incompatible, what would be the best super-inexpensive camera to buy that would be guaranteed to work well?" from creativecow.net

The Nikon Coolpix series mainly records HD H.264 format which is not supported by FCP(X), and the H.264 format are some small different for different Nikon camcorders. I.e. Coolpix L120 record MP4 format (AVC, H.264 encode), Coolpix P500 record MOV (iFrame/h.264) format (AVC, H.264 encode), Coolpix L24 record AVI format (MJPEG Motion), Coolpix S9100 record MP4 format (AVC H.264 encode), Nikon D3100 recording MP4 format (AVC, H.264 encode, the same with Coolpix L120) . You can check the Nikon Models on the last of this article.

H.264 is not supported by FCP(X) and the files need to be converted, here Nikon Coolpix to FCP(X) Converter for Mac is strongly recommended for you to convert Nikon Coolpix H264 to FCP(X) formats then you can edit Nikon HD MP4, MOV, AVI files on FCP(X) easily. 

Plus, as a powerful Mac Nikon Coolpix Video Converter it also support convert Nikon Coolpix files to iMovie, iDVD, FCE for editing and convert to QuickTime, iTunes for playing.

     

Easy Guide to show you how to convert Nikon camcorder HD videos to Mac FCP, iMovie, YouTube formats(Lion included).

Step 1: Add Nikon Coolpix HD files
Click the "Add File" button to add the Nikon camcorder HD files you want from your Mac hard disc. You can add more than one.
add nikon files

Step 2: Set Output Video Format for FCP
Click "Profile" to open the Profile drop-up list to select:
QuickTime formats
nikon to fcp quicktime formats

Step 3: Convert Nikon Coolpix Video to FCP(X).
Click "Start" button to convert Nikon Coolpix files to FCPX. After conversion finished, you can import and edit the converted files with FCPX, FCE, iDVD etc as you like.

     

Nikon Coolpix series:
1. Coolpix L series: Nikon Coolpix L120, Nikon Coolpix L110, Nikon Coolpix L100, Nikon Coolpix L24, Nikon Coolpix L22, Nikon Coolpix L11, Nikon Coolpix L3, Nikon Coolpix L2,
2. Coolpix P series: Nikon Coolpix P500, Nikon Coolpix P300, Nikon Coolpix P100, Nikon Coolpix P9o, Nikon Coolpix P80, Nikon Coolpix P7100, Nikon Coolpix P7000
3. Coolpix S series: Nikon Coolpix S9100, Nikon Coolpix S8200, Nikon Coolpix S8100, Nikon Coolpix S6100, Nikon Coolpix S4100, Nikon Coolpix S3100, Nikon Coolpix S100

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