Smoothly Editing Nikon D5 4K MOV file in Premiere Pro

Having problems when importing Nikon D5 4K video files to Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4 for editing further? Simply follow this tutorial to find an easy and quick fix.


I have a Nikond 5 camera. The video quality in 4k (UHD) mode is very satisfying. With a data rate of 125 Mbit/s, the H264 video in MOV container is very pleasing to the eyes. There is alway something aesthetically pleasant to Nikon’s video quality. Whereas, when I wanna edit the Nikon D5 4K MOV footag ein Adobe Premiere before sharing with my friends, I met problems: the Premiere handled with the MOV files so slowly, and I couldn’t edit my videos smoothly.

I searched the Nikon MOV and Adobe Premiere Pro on Google, and found the other users are also facing the importing problems, like No sound importing to Premiere Pro. Well, I’ve found out the solution yet to fix the Nikon D5 MOV in Adobe Premiere Pro issues.

As far as I learn, the main reason that we can’t edit the D5 4K MOV files in Premiere is that 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, but not ideal for editing. The H.264 compression format should be transcoded into a format better suited to editing; this would usually be MPEG-2, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6/CC.

So, the best method is to convert Nikon MOV to MPEG-2 before loading to Premiere Pro. For this purpose, this article mainly shows you how to transcode Nikon D5 MOV to MPG for Premiere Pro in details.

First of all, free download Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, a top Mac Nikon H.264 MOV Converter. It supports transcoding all Nikon 1080p MOV files to Apple ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro X, FCP 6, FCP 7; MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer; AIC .mov for iMovie, Final Cut Express and more. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time. If you work Nikon MOV footage on Windows, please get Video Converter. Now go through the article to check out the solution.

Convert/Import Nikon D5 4K videos to Premiere Pro for smoothly editing

Step 1: Load the D5 4K footage to the software

Install and launch Nikon Video Converter for Mac, and then click “Add” button to browse to the D5 recorded MOV files either from cam HDD or SD card or drag the footage from your camera to the program.


Step 2: Select output format

Choose output format. This video converter offers optimized format preset for Adobe Premiere. Just click “Format” menu firstly and then follow “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” to set MPG format.


Tip: If the default settings do not fit you requirement, you can click “Settings” icon to and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.


Step 3: Start converting Nikon MOV to MPEG-2

Finally hit the Convert button; it will convert Nikon D5 .mov to MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro on Mac immediately.

When the conversion process shows in 100% with the top MOV to MPEG-2 Converter Mac, you can get the resulted videos from output folder easily for easier editing Nikon D5 4K MOV files in Premiere Pro CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6/CC.

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