Solved Problem with Loading Nikon D3300 MOV Files to FCP X

The black Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera is a compact and versatile camera featuring a DX-format 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor. The sensor and processor combine to realize high-resolution imaging, notable low-light sensitivity to an expandable ISO 25600, continuous shooting to 5 fps, and full HD 1080p video recording capabilities.


I am using the older FCP X with a new Nikon D3300 DSLR that shoots “MOV” files.  I can’t seem to find “settings” that enable “copying,” “importing” “log and caputure,” whatever process. FCP crashes every time I try to get the files. FYI:  I am shooting in 1920×1080 at 24p and mostly trying the Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) setting, but have tried DVCPRO also. Anybody got suggestions about what I need to do?

Best Answer:

You need to convert the native format that camera shoots Before you import. There is no plugin that allows FCP X to deal with that tapeless format, like it does with Canon DSLRs via Log and Transfer. You’ll need to convert the Nikon D3300 H.264 mov files to ProRes 422(HQ), then import those files into Final Cut Pro X (FCP X).

As a Nikon D3300 user, you may also have this question. Nikon D3300 shoot videos in h.264 mov format. Except D3300, most Nikon D series camcorders record videos with this format, like Nikon D800, Nikon D4, Nikon D3100, Nikon D3200, Nikon D5100,etc. As far as i know, h.264 is the maximum compression ratio codec. On one hand, it will give us resonable video size, on the other hand, it’s not suitable for editing by most editing software. Final Cut Pro 6/7/X also included.

To solve the importing problem loading Nikon D3300 H.264 MOV files in FCP X, you’d better choice to convert Nikon H.264 MOV to ProRes 422 codec MOV format, then you can edit video well in FCP X on Mac.

Check out UFUWare Nikon Video Converter for Mac, a top Nikon H.264 MOV to ProRes MOV Converter. It supports transcoding all Nikon 1080p MOV files to Apple ProRes so that you can easily import the Nikon D3300 h.264 recordings to Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 6, Final Cut Pro 7 for editing on Mac (Mountain Lion and Mavericks 10.9, Yosemite 10.10 included). Plus, it also supports converting Nikon D3300 H.264 MOV to iMovie, FCE, Adobe, Avid and more.

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Guide: Step-by-step guide for all of you to make Nikon D3300 MOV edit in FCP X on mac without quality loss.

Step 1: Import Nikon D3300 MOV files to the best D3300 MOV to FCP X Converter. Before imputing the clips from Nikon D3300 to the converter, you should connect your camcorder with your computer via USB cable, or you can copy the entire folder of the video to your computer directly.

Click the Add Button on the top of the main interface of to import Nikon D3300 MOV to the best D3300 MOV to FCP X Converter.

Tip:You can double click the each file to have a preview.If necessary, you can tick the “Merge into one” box to merge D3300 1080p MOV files together.

Step 2: Select an output format for FCP X and set the output folder. Click on the dropdown menu of “Format” and then choose “Final Cut Pro”, you will find that there are many output formats for you to choose. You can choose the one that you prefer. Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) is the common output format for FCP X.

After choosing the correct output format, you can set the output folder by clicking “Browse” icon to save your converted file as you like.

1. If you just have FCP 7 or above, you can choose these formats about Apple ProRes you like, but if your FCP on Mac is just FCP 6 or earlier, pls choose Apple ProRes 422(*mov) or Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)(*mov) in that other 3 formats are not supported by FCP 6.

2. If you want the size of the converted files be smaller, you are advised to choose Final Cut Pro>Apple ProRes 422(LT)(*mov) as the output format.

Step 3: Click “Settings” icon to adjust audio and video parameters. You can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the Profile Settings interface according to your demands and optimize the output file quality.

Tip: You’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best quality for editing Nikon D3300 HD MOV in FCP X on Mac. (If you are recorded in PAL, the 25fps as the frame rate is the best choice for you.) If you wanna have a smaller file size but keep the good quality, you can decrease the audio or video bitrate.

Step 4: Start conversion of your Nikon D3300 HD MOV file to ProRes for FCP X editing.Click the “Convert” button; it will convert Nikon D3300 1080P MOV to FCP X on Mac immediately. You can check the process in the “Conversion” interface.

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