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Sid WidmerWhat format do I select for footage shot on a NIkon D5000?
by on Apr 21, 2011 at 2:12:52 am

I am just learning FC Pro and am unsure what format to choose to configure FC to work with my video. Please help! And, thanks.


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Michael GissingRe: What format do I select for footage shot on a NIkon D5000?
by on Apr 21, 2011 at 3:06:43 am

I think the Nikon is shooting H264 quicktime files. H264 should be converted to ProRes422 before editing and edited in a matching sequence.

Final Cut uses Log & Transfer for file based conversion but I don't think it can work with Nikon footage so you will need to use MPEGStreamclip or Compressor.

Canon made a plugin for Log & Transfer so the footage can be correctly converted with timecode and reel numbers. Have a look at Shane Ross's tutorial on capturing file based which is the best workflow. Until Nikon create a suitable plugin, you will need to work around the issue. Meanwhile, backup the full card structure becasue if Nikon do make a plugin, that will be required.


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David Roth WeissRe: What format do I select for footage shot on a NIkon D5000?
by on Apr 21, 2011 at 3:06:49 am

If I'm correct, your camera records Motion JPEG AVI files codec. Those should most likely be transcoded to ProRes 422. However, I'm not certain if the camera comes with a plugin that makes it work with FCP's Log & Transfer function, which might handle the transcode for you. Do you know? If not, you would then have to use Apple Compressor or the free MPEG Streamclip app for transcoding.

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Michael GissingRe: What format do I select for footage shot on a NIkon D5000?
by on Apr 21, 2011 at 3:10:25 am

Just had a look and it is MJPEG AVI so no chance with L&T.


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Noah KadnerRe: What format do I select for footage shot on a NIkon D5000?
by on Apr 21, 2011 at 3:36:40 pm

So you'd convert it to ProRes by opening the AVIs and exporting in QT Player to QuickTime MOV ProRes or reading about making a Droplet in Compressor in your manual.

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David Roth WeissRe: What format do I select for footage shot on a NIkon D5000?
by on Apr 21, 2011 at 3:50:35 pm

[Noah Kadner] "or reading about making a Droplet in Compressor in your manual."

Imagine that, free reading material in every box of FCP. What will those folks at Apple think of next.

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Sid WidmerRe: What format do I select for footage shot on a NIkon D5000?
by on Apr 21, 2011 at 9:10:17 pm

Wow, thanks for all the help. I found a workflow article from Nikon and downloaded the free MPEG Streamclip software so I can convert it to Apple Intermediate Codec. This grasshoppa' has much to learn. Thanks again.

https://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/46631/~/workflo...


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Sid WidmerRe: What format do I select for footage shot on a NIkon D5000?
by on Apr 21, 2011 at 10:37:17 pm

Scratch that last link. I needed the Nikon2ProRes422LT compressor droplet found in the following link for FCP7.

https://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/46630/related/1


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Sid WidmerRe: What format do I select for footage shot on a NIkon D5000?
by on Apr 21, 2011 at 11:21:09 pm

Sorry, I am a total greenie and learning as I go here. I have converted the AVI files to Apple ProRes 22 (LT) but I still can't use Log & Transfer. Is that to be expected even though the files have been converted?


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David Roth WeissRe: What format do I select for footage shot on a NIkon D5000?
by on Apr 21, 2011 at 11:42:36 pm

Just import the ProRes files directly into the FCP browser and edit away... Log & Transfer is for camera originals from supported cameras, not for importing media that's edit ready.

David Roth Weiss
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Sid WidmerRe: What format do I select for footage shot on a NIkon D5000?
by on Apr 22, 2011 at 6:35:22 am

Cool. I thought as much. Thanks my friend.


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