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Best Way to Edit Nikon MOV files in Premiere Pro


Nikon cameras are very excellent in the market, as the biggest competitor to Canon (DSLR). It's wonderful to use a Nikon DLSR like Nikon D810, D800, D7100, D3100, D3200, D4, D90, D5100, D5300, D5200, D7000, Nikon D750, etc. to take photos and record HD videos when you travel. The point here, sometimes you will find it a painful experience to import videos from Nikon DSLR to Adobe Premiere Pro (Premiere Pro CC included) for further editing. There are some frequently asked questions listed below:

"I'm trying to edit my .mov files shot on my Nikon DSLR(D7100) in Premier Pro CC. Premiere Pro won't import or open the files, so I'm assuming Premiere Pro doesn't support that file type?"

"Got D800 to day and been out shooting video all day, now I come home and I can't open the files in Premiere, they replay well in Media Player."

As we know, Nikon DSLR cameras record videos in .MOV container with H.264 codec. The reason that you can't edit Nikon MOV files in Premiere Pro smoothly is simple: the Nikon DSLR uses the sophisticated H.264 compression method for recording video files to the camera's memory card. This is an ideal file type for video capture in an SLR camera, delivering relatively compact file sizes with image quality noticeably superior to alternate video compressions (such as Motion JPEG). However, the H.264 compression format requires that files be transcoded into a format better suited to editing, effects, and color grading; this would usually be MPEG-2, which is proved to be the most compatible format with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5.5, CS5 and CS4.

So, the best method is to convert Nikon MOV to MPEG-2 before importing. Actually, it's not as difficult as you imagine. What's need is a just a common video converter like EaseFab Video Converter for Mac, by running it there's no need to set the codec yourself: the program has optimized presets for Adobe Premiere (Premiere CC included). You can convert any video file to Adobe Premiere compatible format without quality loss. For windows(Windows 8/8.1 included) uer, please get EaseFab Video Converter for Windows. Now see below how to finish the task in clicks!

Free download the Nikon MOV Converter:

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How to convert Nikon MOV to Adobe Premiere compatible format

Step 1. Import Nikon MOV files to the program

Launch the program, and open the folder where you have saved the MOV files, and then directly drag the files to the program interface, the files will be loaded to the program immediately. Alternatively, you can click "Add Video" button to import the Nikon MOV videos to the program.


Step 2. Choose the output format

The program has three already optimized the video settings for Adobe Premiere Pro. You can select MOV (Entitled Premiere), WMV or MPEG-2 from "Editing Software" as the output format. All output videos will keep the original quality of Nikon MOV video and seamlessly fit Adobe Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5.5, CS5, CS4 and more.


Step 3. Start converting Nikon MOV files to Adobe Premiere

The file is now ready to be converted and that is done by clicking on the covert button on the menu. The software will take care of the rest and the user will now have the file in a format that can be used with Premiere Pro CS4, CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC.