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Solve Nikon D7200 H.264 MOV files to iMovie Problems on Mac

April 7, 2016

H.264 video codec is not compatible with iMovie on Mac, many users have encountered problems when they import Nikon D7200 to iMovie for editing. Luckily, this article will give you the best workaround to get Nikon H.264 MOV files into iMovie on Mac without hassle.

Most users like to use Nikon D7200 to take photos as well as Full HD videos. It can record Full HD 1080p videos in multiple frame rates up to 60 fps, the recorded videos will be in H.264 MOV format.

iMovie is the best free home movie editing software for Mac users. But what if you have some H.264 MOV video files from Nikon D7200 which are unrecognizable by iMovie? In fact, it's a common problem importing H.264 to iMovie. Based on our testing, GoPro H.264(.mp4), Canon EOS H.264(.mov), Nikon DSLR H.264(.mov), etc footage can't be supported well by iMovie(iMovie 11 included).



Technically, H.264 is highly compressed. It is not designed as a format for editing. That's not where you want to start with editing for high quality results. Since iMovie most compatible format is Apple InterMediate Codec, the best way to edit Nikon D7200 H.264 videos in iMovie is to transcode all H.264 files to AIC .mov.

To fulfill the task, the best program I can recommend is Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, as the best Nikon MOV converter.

Applying the utility, you can transcode D7200 video to AIC for iMovie/FCE, MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro, ProRes for FCP…, which will save you both time and trouble. And all you need is to drag the result videos for playing & editing. Now the following article will show you how to convert Nikon D7200 MOV to iMovie editable format in detail.

Free download Nikon D7200 H.264 MOV Converter:

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Import Nikon D7200 MOV videos to iMovie for smoothly editing on Mac

Step 1: Load source footage

Install and launch Nikon MOV to iMovie Converter, and then click "Add" button to browse to Nikon D7200 MOV footage either from cam HDD or SD card or drag the footage from your camera to the program.



Step 2: Select output format

You can directly choose the preset for iMovie which has been supplied by the Mac Converter. The setting works for iMovie ‘08, iMovie ‘09, iMovie ‘11. Moreover, the Mac program has some simple edit functions like cropping, splitting, adding effects etc.



Tips: Adjust the video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

Step 3: Start D7200 H.264 MOV to iMovie conversion

Click convert button to convert Nikon D7200 H.264 MOV clips to AIC for iMovie under Mac OS X with this best MOV to AIC Converter.

After the conversion, click the “Open” button to locate converted files, now you can effortlessly import your converted MOV video files to iMovie 08/09/11 for further editing.

Additional Tip:

To import videos to iMovie, you can:
1. Go to “File”> “import”>”Movies”
2. Drag media file directly to the left zone in the iMovie main interface.

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