Are you one of the Canon or Nikon DSLR users? If so, you’ve shot all your amazing footage with your DSLR camera. Now comes the tricky part: bringing it into Final Cut Pro. Most of the time, you are having difficulty using the DSLR movie files into FCP.

I own a Canon 550D, which is great at what it does. The only niggle is the difficulty in handling the video files which are encoded in a highly CPU intensive codec (h264). It’s hard to import the H.264 files to FCP 7 on my iMac. I have a Nikon D5100. What software should I get to transfer video for editing into FCP? 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 to technical.

Since there’s difficulty transferring video from a DSLR into FCP, the video should first be converted to ProRes 422, a format better suited for FCP, before importing with one professional video converter for Canon, Nikon DSLR.

Here’s great software that allows you to easily transcode the DSLR movies to the files readable by Final Cut Pro. DSLR Video Converter for Mac is the one we highly recommended. Applying it, you can transcode Canon/Nikon DSLR H.264 videos to Apple ProRes on Mac OS X for FCP 7, FCP X easy editing.

Guide on converting Canon/Nikon DSLR footage to ProRes for FCP 7/X on Mac

add-fileSTEP 1: Download and install the Mac H.264 MOV to ProRes Converter, then run it. Click on “Add”, and browse your files; select all the .MOV files you wanna convert.

STEP 2: Choose a target format. Hit the Format bar to select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(*.mov). Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)(*mov), Apple ProRes 422(LT)(*mov), Apple ProRes 422(Proxy)(*mov) are also the proper format for FCP 7/X.

STEP 3: Hit Settings icon. In the Profile Settings window, you can adjust the video and audio parameters if needed. 1920*1080 video size, and 30fps(or 25fps for PAL) video frame rate is recommended.

STEP 4: Click Convert button. The DSLR Video Converter will start to convert DSLR videos to ProRes for FCP 7/X on Mac OS X immediately.

After the conversion, click the Open button to locate the converted .mov video. From there you can load Canon/Nikon DSLR H.264 MOV footage to FCP via “File>>Import>>Files…” instantly without long-time rendering.

Hot DSLR Cameras:
Nikon: D4, D3X, D800, D600, D300S, D7000, D5200, D90, D5100, D3200
Canon: EOS 550D, EOS 600D, EOS 650D, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 60D, EOS 7D