Edit Nikon COOLPIX P900 H.264 Video on Mac with iMovie

Read on to find a step-by-step guide talking about how to rewrap COOLPIXP900 recordings to iMovie editable files using a useful third party converter called Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac.

The Nikon P900 offers a standard, modern set of features including Full HD recording (1920 x 1080) at 60 frames per seconds, as well as 30fps (or 50p and 25p in PAL mode). 720p resolution is also available at 60p/30p (50p/25p) as is a neat slow-motion video mode that captures at up 120 frames per second at VGA (640 x 480) resolution. Videos are recorded using the H.264 standard in an MPEG-4 container with stereo audio.

Generally, iMovie supports MOV format; however, when users import Nikon Coolpix P900 MOV to iMovie, issues occurred. Now I’m going to share the details about how to edit MOV files from Nikon Coolpix P900 in iMovie under Mac OS X. If you are stuck in the issues, just read on.

Generally speaking, in iMovie 11 (current version) click FILE/IMPORT/MOVIES... and navigate to your .mov file. iMovie will import it. Whereas, iMovie will only import codecs that it can edit. MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 encoded MOV files from Nikon COOLPIX P900 is not supported by iMovie. A better option to edit the Nikon MOV in iMovie is to convert COOLPIX P900 MOV to iMovie most compatible Apple InterMediate Codec first. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the utility I’m using and would like to recommend.

With the help of the program, you can rewrap Nikon Coolpix P900 MOV files to AIC .mov for iMovie with fast encoding speed. Moreover, the Mac video conversion tool can help you convert MOV as well as FLV, AVI, MKV, MTS, VOB, MPG, etc on Mac and export the professional encoders, namely ProRes, DNxHD for importing to FCP, Avid, etc. flawlessly. Just get it and follow the steps to convert Coolpix P900 .mov to iMovie on Mac.

How to transcode Nikon COOLPIX P900 MOV to AIC for iMovie

Step 1: Launch the Nikon MOV to iMovie Converter. Click "Add" icon to load video files from Nikon COOLPIX P900 or directly drag&drop the files into file list.

Step 2: Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)". By the way, the Mac MOV Converter also supports output Apple ProRes format for using in Final Cut Pro.

Tip: Click "Settings" button, then you will enter the following interface, on which you are allowed to customize size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel to your required ones.

Step 3: Click the "Convert" button to start transcoding Nikon Coolpix P900 MOV to AIC MOV for iMovie.

When the conversion is finished, you can click "Open" button to get the generated AIC .mov files effortlessly. Afterwards, you can launch iMovie, and then choose File > Import > Movies to import converted MOV clips into iMovie for further editing.

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