“I got a Nikon D3100, I'm shooting 720p, 24fps (23.98) which looks fine in the camera but when I try to import these videos to iMovie '11 for editing, The Nikon D3100 1080P .mov files are greyed out. Shouldn't MOV be compatible with iMovie '11? Please tell me why and give me how to import Nikon D3100 1080P MOV video to iMovie '11."
Nikon's affordable, compact and lightweight D3100 could record full 1080p HD videos in MOV format. related old model like D5100, D3000, D7000 recording MOV format, many friends would expect to edit it on Mac iMovie '11, FCP, FCPX, FCE, but its recording format "File Format: JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression" with a extension of .MOV is different from the MOV Mac natively supported, so we need to convert Nikon .MOV to Mac supported format.
Here is the step-by-step guide for you to convert and import Nikon D3100 HD MOV files to iMovie '11 with iFunia Video Converter for Mac. Which could not only help you convert and import Nikon D3100 1080P video to iMovie '11, but also other various video editing tools and players like FCP X, QuickTime Player, iDVD, etc.
Step 1. Import Nikon D3100 Full HD videos to Video Converter for Mac.
After transferring .mov files from Nikon D3100 camera, run iFunia Video Converter for Mac as the best Mac Nikon D3100 to MOV/AVI Converter, and click the "Add Files" button to import .mov files or drag and drop the files to the application UI.
Step 2. Choose Apple Intermediate Codec MOV output format for iMovie '11
Click "Output Format" to open the Profile drop-up list to select: Apple Software> MOV - Quicktime(*.mov) for converting the highly compressed Nikon D3100 HD MOV to compatible Mac MOV for loading to iMovie 8/9/11. With this option, the output video will be kept as high definition 1920×1080.
Step 3. Start Converting Nikon D3100 HD MOV to iMovie on Mac
Click "Start" button to convert Nikon camcorder HD files for iMovie '11. After conversion finished, you can import and edit the converted files with iMovie, FCPX, FCE, iDVD etc as you like.