Tips Importing Nikon MOV files from D4s to Premiere Pro(CS6)


The Nikon D4s started shipping worldwide on last weekend. Compared to GoPro, I like the Nikon D4s better, relatively big and fun. Well, I’m eager to know the Nikon D4s and Adobe Premiere Pro compatibility as I’ve met the GoPro to Premiere Pro importing issues(solved it later although). So, which begs the question- can Premiere Pro edit H.264 MOV files from the Nikon D4s camera?

Well, a bit frustrating. From the online searching I got know Nikon MOV highly compressed H.264/MPEG-4 files are still not well supported by Premiere Pro including the latest CS6, CC7, as you may encounter many audio and video problems. And Premiere Pro can’t handle raw MOV videos encode in H.264, so there is no doubt that it will take more time on rendering while ingesting the files. So, how to import Nikon MOV footage into Premiere Pro for editing smoothly?

The best way is to convert Nikon D4s footage to Premiere Pro compatible format, like MPEG-2, MOV (AVC), which is the best format for Premiere Pro editing on Mac. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac (a professional Mac MOV to Premiere Pro Converter tool) is the best choice for you. It can generates best editing format/codec for filmmakers and video enthusiasts to use in different NLE apps, such as Adobe Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6, Adobe After Effects, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, and more. For Windows user, get the Video Converter. Download and follow the step-by-step tutorial below.

How to Convert Nikon D4s .MOV for Premiere Pro

Step 1. Load H.264 .mov footage to Nikon MOV Converter

Transfer h.264 encoded .mov files from Nikon D4s camera to computer via USB cable. Run Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac as the best Mac MOV converter, and click the “Add” button to load .mov videos.


Step 2. Set MPG as output format for editing

Hit the “Format” bar and select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg) as output format on the drop-down menu.


Tip – Profile Settings:

In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start conversion

After these steps above, click Convert button to start converting Nikon D4s 1080p MOV to MEPG-2(.mpg) for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 on Mac OS X(Mavericks, Mountain Lion included) with best quality, and then you can edit Nikon D4s recordings in Premiere Pro CS6 on Mac as you want with no codec problems.

Additional Tip:

This professional Nikon MOV Converter for Mac can help you convert MOV videos from Nikon D4s, D4, D5100, D3200, D800, D7100, D7000, 1 V2, etc to Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro with the optimal presets MPEG-2, Apple InterMediate, DNxHD, Apple ProRes. Just choose a proper format according to your needs.

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