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Video missing when importing Nikon V1 movies

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jermar68 Calculating status...
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Nov 19, 2011 11:00 AM

When importing movies in FCPX from a new 1-series Nikon V1 camera only the audio is captured, not the video.  The same files (video and audio) play fine in Quicktime and are also captured without problems (although very slowly) in iMovie.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,640 points)
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    Nov 19, 2011 11:20 AM (in response to jermar68)

    Please give a screenshot of the movie inspector from the QuickTime player.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,640 points)
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    Nov 19, 2011 11:58 AM (in response to jermar68)

    This is a non-standrd format variation created by Nikon. See if you can convert it with Compressor. FCP does not support 59.94 media for import, but it will work with it. In Compressor convert it to 1920x1080 ProRes at 59.94 with uncompressed 48k. Do not leave the audio as pass through. It will make large files and will require a fast hard drive.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,640 points)
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    Nov 19, 2011 1:27 PM (in response to jermar68)

    Probably not. It's a proprietary format. I suggest using Vegas with it.

  • Wmatthies Calculating status...
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    Nov 28, 2011 8:31 AM (in response to jermar68)

    I'm not completely understanding the technical side of this but gather that video shot with a Nikon V1 is not compatible with Macs?  I experienced that with another digital camera and was forced to covert all video shot with that camera prior to importing.  Very time consuming.  So when I bought my next camera I made sure it would work with Mac, which it has with no problems.  Now I am very interested in the V1 but decided to check out the compatibility thing before buying in the next day or so.  If I'm understanding this discusison and they are not out-of-the-box compatible, it's a deal breaker for me.

  • Wmatthies Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Nov 28, 2011 9:08 AM (in response to jermar68)

    Thanks for the quick response.


    While good that iMovie will import w/o conversion, the 10x file size doesn't sound good.  Too bad too because I have read nothing but good about the V1 and was 90% going to buy today.  Now I think I'll just stick with what I've got until the compatiblity thing is worked out or someone else comes along with an equally good, compatible alternative to the V1. 

  • Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,505 points)
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    Nov 28, 2011 11:04 AM (in response to jermar68)

    jermar68 wrote:


    The current version of Final Cut Pro X (v10.0.2) is unable to import Nikon V1 video files without those files first being converted in another program (such as Final Cut Pro X's Compressor).  iMovie will import Nikon V1 files does without separate conversion, but does so very slowly and the imported files sizes are about 10X the isze of teh original. 


    Because it's recording a ----full resolution uncompressed----- file, which makes sense. If it was me and I wanted full quality I'd import it in imovie then figure out the best compression scheme for my target media/final use. Also, your camera has adjustable frame rate... try recording at 30fps and see if FCPX imports it directly.

  • wolfiemac Calculating status...
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    Jan 31, 2012 9:14 PM (in response to jermar68)

    I've been editing with FCPX and shooting with my V1 for two weeks now, no issues....My only question, how can I change the Device Name in the meta for each clip?

  • wolfiemac Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Jan 31, 2012 9:17 PM (in response to Tom Wolsky)

    hi Tom! Saw you at the SuperMeet ..good seeing you...I was your assistant a few years back @ DMA.

  • John-Paul2 Calculating status...
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    Feb 29, 2012 1:46 AM (in response to jermar68)

    Hi I have bought the Nikon V1 and use it with the 10-100 Vr PD lens. I have just come back from a Skiing Holiday which gave me the opportunity to Test the camera.


    I also use a Panasonic AG AF 100 Pro Video camera also


    Due to size and weight I only took the V1 only


    When I watched the replay on a HD television I was blown away by the quality of this little camera Definition in snow conditions were incredible, fast focus ease of use and LIGHTNESS!


    I would compare the cameras as equal, although there are more things you can do with a Panasonic but at 5 times the price

    So anybody considering this camera the V1, don't be put off, I am sure the market will soon make the appropriate converter which will solve the current problems


    Regards John-Paul2


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