Q1: "I have a NikonD5100. What software should I get to transfer video for editing into FCP? It seems there are several options out there and I have no clue of which is a good one. I have FCP7. Also, it seems that I can only transfer the video with a USB connection, or is there a firewire I can use? I am not a computer expert so please, don't be technical."
Q2: "I am shooting video with a nikon d800 and was told I need to convert my files with mpeg streamclip before importing them to final cut pro x. They are .mov, h.264 files right now. What should I be converting them to?"-from Apple Support Community
Are you also confused of how to edit Nikon MOV footages in FCP 7 or FCP X? The Nikon MOV footage utilizes H.264 codec, which is the DSLR standard and very highly compressed. However, either FCP 7 or FCP X doesn’t well work with the compressed file. In order to make the H.264 .mov file be recognized by FCP, you have to convert Nikon MOV to ProRes for FCP, for the ProRes 422 is natively compatible with any version of FCP.
The Nikon Video Converter for Mac can be your great helper, which effortlessly convert Nikon H.264 MOV to ProRes for FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6, etc. Plus, the Mac Nikon Video Converter for FCP can also has rich optimized output file selections, programs like iMovie, iTunes, QuickTime, devices for iPad, iPhone 5, Galaxy Tab, Galaxy S3, HTC, etc.
Download the application via the above download link of Mac version. Install and run it. Meanwhile, backup Nikon MOV footages from D5100/D800/L120 Coolpix, etc from camcorder on Mac.
Click the "Profile" bar menu to choose "Apple ProRes 422(*mov)" in the list of "Final Cut Pro". Of course, the Apple ProRes 422(HQ) .mov can also your choice.
Hit "START" to launch the conversion from Nikon MOV to ProRes MOV.
Open FCP 7 or FCP X, choose File->Import, then locate .mov files or Folders to the FCP program.