Here’s an useful advice for you-converting H.264 .mov files from Pentax K-3 to Apple ProRes/AIC MOV codec before
loading the footage to Fianl Cut Pro and iMovie/FCE.
Pentax K-3: Sharp and Speedy, No Video AF
Unlike the K5II, video capture is initiated via the still/movie switch rather than the mode dial; the K-3 can capture MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 MOV Full HD (1920x1080) video at 60i/50i/30p/25p or 24p frame rates; HD (1280x720) at 60p/50p/30p/25p or 24p. Movie capture is limited to 4 GB or 25 minutes, subject to overheat protection. For professional audio control, the camera offers an external stereo microphone jack, a headphone input, and manual sound-level adjustment during recording.
Okay, the MOV format is FCP/iMovie friendly but H.264 codec is not natively supported by Final Cut Pro and iMovie owing to its high compression rate with heavy codec under different computer operating environment. So how to import Pentax K-3 MOV video into Final Cut Pro/iMovie for editing without crashing problem and avoid rendering?
We have to do some conversion to get rid of the format incompatibility issues. In any case, we will need a smart program that allows you to convert MOV to FCP/iMovie directly without having to worry about codec compatibility. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, a top Mac Pentax H.264 MOV Converter is such a program that available for your choice. With it, you can convert MOV to well support Final Cut Pro and many other programs like iMovies, Windows Movie Maker and various devices like Android smartphones, PSP, Xbox, Wii, Samsung Galaxy and more. What’s more, all these will be done in three simple steps. No extra codec is needed. Brorsoft MOV to Final Cut Pro converter will do all for you. Read on to see how it works.
If you work Pentax MOV footage on Windows, please get Video Converter.
Convert/Import Pentax K-3 h.264 videos to FCP/iMovie/FCE for smoothly editing on Mac
Step 1. Run the Mac MOV Converter and load H.264 .mov files to it from Pentax K-3.
Step 2. Click "Format" drop-down bar to select a suitable video format. “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” is the best compatible video format you need for iMovie/FCE.
For editing Pentax K-3 MOV footage in FCP X or FCP 6/7, choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov).
PS: You also can click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.
Step 3. As soon as all things are finished, please click “Convert” button to start the Pentax MOV to ProRes/AIC .mov conversion.
Once the conversion is 100% completed, you can smoothly copy the converted files to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, iMovie 08/09/11, FCE with smooth editing work.
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