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Nikon View NX2 now also comes with a new video editing tool called "Nikon Movie Editor". Nikon Europe has more details on the Nikon Movie Editor package and the H.264 requirements I mentioned earlier. The "Create Movie" option also lists 1280 x 720 and 1920 x 1080 resolutions:

The Nikon Coolpix P100 is currently the only camera from Nikon that shoots H.264 @ 1920 × 1080. This will probably not be the case a month from now.

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  • Click

    We are in a Video frenzy today…. finally…

    • M

      What is the point to use MOV extension. I need AVI. MOV is a downgrade.

  • Jabs

    So this is integrated into both Windows and Mac versions, as your screen grab seems to be OS-X?

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      I would assume so, I haven’t tried the Win version yet.

      • Jabs

        @Admin.
        Hey, we are at the dawn of a new era again – LOL!
        Look here – http://www.imaging-resource.com/NEWS/1282052588.html

        I can’t wait to see the new Nikons and all the new developments too. This web site is gonna go wild with new things and rumors.
        Hope that you are up to it Administrator, as your workload is about to grow even wilder.
        Good job here!

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

          Yes, I don’t think any major announcement will happen this year (except the new D90). Next year will be intesting.

          • zzddrr

            I think today pretty much Nikon crossed the line. I mean the barage of crap Nikon released today id fascinating.For havens sake, what a crappy ad from Nikon! Didn’t they find one decent person to show this crap (ad) before releasing it?

            This is a goddamn embarresement. I cannot believe after watching this crap that Nikon made the D3x. Maybe sony made it. But seriously, the coolpix line with its ads are getting embarrassing. :-)

            Oh, this shit will have more Mp than the entire dslr line. The D3x does not count since the sensor is sony!

          • zzddrr

            NR Admin, you still don’t have any leads regarding to a decent new FF? If that’s the case then you better setup a sonyrumors site because sony has more exciting cameras coming. :-)

            • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

              I think at that point the chances for a full frame Nikon DSLR for Photokina are very slim, almost non-existing. There is one more announcement in September for the new D90 + 200 f/2.8 lens. It is still questionable if there will something else, but I doubt that it is going to be a full frame camera.

            • zzddrr

              Now we know what big surprise is … Nikon wants to become a projector company.

              Oh man, this ad was just awful. I am seriously worried about Nikon and the direction it is heading.

            • nikkor_2

              “… + 200 f/2.8 lens.”

              Do you mean 200 f/2 lens?

            • http://Nikonrumors.com Test

              Yes, 200mm f/2
              Sorry

  • alvix

    let’s see when will be the first ” hey..it’s always crashing..I get error messages every now and then..when the ver. 2.0 ? please NIkon I need the new release !!” and the like..
    ;)

    • Nicole

      I can’t get it to run on my Mac colour classic (I’m running OS-8.) Will it be available on a floppy sometime, or do I need to wait for version 2? ;)

      • alvix

        I’m afraid you have to wait till the ver. 2.0 ..just like me…I’m waiting for MY copy of NX3 … sob :(

  • NiknWontRepairMyGray

    What’s the other frame rates option other than 30fps? fingers cross for 25fps and 60fps…

  • james

    Frame Rate?!? I would have thought that would have been just as big of news.. Hit the drop down!

    (can’t install it right now)

    • NiknWontRepairMyGray

      I agree, 25fps is big news for people in PAL land.

  • http://5dmark2.wordpress.com/ 5D Mark II TEAM

    “The Nikon Coolpix P100 is currently the only camera from Nikon that shoots H.264 @ 1920 × 1080. This will probably not be the case a month from now.”

    It’s time to Nikon to come with something big. It’s unusual that they have been so quiet for so long time (regarding DSLRs), so we should expect something very interesting that might compete with Canon in the DSLR Movie/Video segment. It’s a field where Nikon still didn’t get inside fully armed yet…

    We still miss that Canon haven’t give to their customers all the potential that their current HDSLR line is able to offer.

    All high-tech companies release more or less crippled electronic devices, but sometimes the action is so obvious that makes customers feel upset.

    Just to mention two VERY easy features/improvements:

    1- The 5D Mark II only allows 3 frames in bracketing mode. It’s ridiculous for a $2,500 body only camera. That’s very easy to “fix” via Firmware Update, it’s not a hardware limitation at all.

    2- Canon didn’t allow (so far) users of any of their HDSLRs to disable the white square in Live View mode, so if the user wants to record the Full HD output when not recording nor playing back, the white square is there annoying and making the output unusable for other purposes…

    Some things still should be changed and improved, but “officially” by the manufacturer.

    Here is a “free” list of suggestions collected across 2009 from hundreds of professional users:

    http://5dmark2.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/canon-firmware-updates/

    Doing so, the company only get benefits from more sales…
    so WHY not to do it when so many current and potential users are requesting that?

    The biggest benefit for a business is to take the best possible profit from an existing device (camera in this case), already designed, already in production, which still has huge potential inside. What is only needed: FIRMWARE UPDATE that gives that remaining potential to customers, and more sales to the company.

    That also applies to other companies, of course.

    • f/2.8

      Zzzzz…

  • http://www.dishler.com jon dishler

    Does anyone think that there will be firmware updates to these new video codecs for existing cameras like the D3s or D300s? It would be a shame for these to be left behind.

    • Jabs

      @jon dishler.
      Probably, depending on how the new cameras sell and how hard the pros BEG – lol.
      Codecs are mere softwareusually, but the camera MUST have the processing power to satisfy the Codecs demands.

  • moar

    24, 25 and 30 fps

    • NiknWontRepairMyGray

      Thanks!! the lack of 60fps is disappointing. This probably confirms that the D95/D7000 won’t have 60fps either :(

  • James

    No 60 fps.. hmm.. that’s a pretty key edge that the 7D will still have..

  • jay

    Tried to use the Movie Editor, it complains QuickTime not found. Are they nuts? Why would they assume someone using PC would have QuickTime installed on their Windows machine?

    • Jabs

      @Jay.
      Simple answer.
      Windows does not natively support most CODECS other than Microsoft’s own proprietary version of things. QuickTime does support this codec and many persons put QuickTime for Windows on their computers to solve that.
      Microsoft and Apple are competing for our allegiance, so the problem.
      Download ‘K-Lite Codec pack for Windows’ and see all the various codecs around.
      They SOLVE your problems and since Nikon is dealing with Macs. and Windows machines, then QuickTime is one of the major formats of CODECS they share.
      Brilliant of Nikon, then!
      QuickTime is also the codec of choice for Final Cut Pro and many other Video workflow software.

      • Jabs

        Sorry, but I accidentally typed some garbage (maybe – Win) into the Web site data area.

        LOL!

    • http://5dmark2.wordpress.com/ 5D Mark II TEAM

      What version of Windows are you using?

      Latest version of DivX Codec supports Full HD H.264 and works great (smooth playback rather than the usual stuttering Quicktime player on Windows)

      You can test if installing DivX then Movie Editor doesn’t ask for QuickTime.

      Btw, Windows 7 natively supports many formats (codecs) that previous versions of windows didn’t.

      • Jabs

        @5D Mark II TEAM.
        Are you referring to me in your question about the version of Windows I use?
        I use from Win2000, Win2003 Server, Win2008 Server R2, Win XP-SP3, Win 7 Ultimate and even Win98 (LOL).
        I still install K-Lite Codec Pack (the latest versions always) and I don’t use Win Media player, as it is crap for my purposes.
        Codecs is what I depend on and then I playback or encode with WHATEVER Media Player that I want to use or even prefer. I have the latest DVix codec plus the DVix 8 series and it is indeed great.
        I don’t do playlists or such but am about performance ONLY, as computer expert. I also use Linux – Ubuntu Studio 64bit, Artist-X and Linux Mint 64bit.
        The new VLC Media Player (1.1.2 – I think) allows you to use the newer NVidia or ATI cards in GPU-CPU mode to enhance HD playback, so way beyond Microsoft’s limited codec support (DRM hell?) in ANY of their Operating Systems. I prefer Open GL to any form of DX10 or DX11 as I use both

      • Jabs

        @5D MK2 TEAM.
        If you have stuttering issues in QuckTime on Windows, then you probably have an old version of QuickTime or you have a slow computer without much RAM or an old slow hard drive.
        Get a modern processor – DUAL core at least from Intel or AMD.
        Get 3 megs minimum in 32bit – 8 megs minimum in 64bit.
        Leave Vista in any form.
        Get Win 7 Pro to Ultimate
        Get a great NEWLY released video card.
        STOP using laptops and buy a desktop with some horsepower and the newest NVidia or ATI DX-11 video cards.

  • VayaConQueso1

    I tried mining the file data for “D95″, “D8000″, or “D3100″ – but came up empty handed. Anyone else give that a try?

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      I scanned the files too, as well as the website and discovered nothing.

  • Sergio

    I´ve just tested the movie editor here, but couldn´t find basic stuff like adding a title, subtitles or fade in/out…

  • Peter

    LMAO – so just when Nikon appears to be dipping its toe into the DSLR video arena in any meaningful way BAAAAAH!!! SORRY!!!! Both Sony and Pana (and Canon soon after) will be releasing ACTUAL VIDEO CAMERAS with DSLR sensors making the whole VDSLR craze very short lived.

    So unless Nikons new video modes offer a huge leap over what is available now, the big N will be rocking up to a party a year too late.

    Embarrassing huh…

    • zzddrr

      Peter – yes, the funny thing is that everyone was saying that if you want to shoot video buy a video camera and these morons at Nikon could not connect the dots for over 2 yrs now. I mean, sony and panasonic is out with a dedicated tool and most likely canon will join. Where is Nikon?

      To be honest, I am not excited for the video performance of Nikon cameras. Nikon is simply not a video company and for that reason if I needed a video camera most likely it will not be Nikon (for me).

  • fiatlux

    The following extract from Nikon’s notes is quite disturbing:

    The more powerful the CPU, the more restrictions!!!

    • fiatlux

      Oops, the blockquote tag I used did not work as intended. Here is the extract:

      Note 2: Restrictions on Nikon Movie Editor:
      - Movies up to 30 minutes in length can be edited.
      - Depending upon the computer system’s CPU, Nikon Movie Editor may quit unexpectedly when a project containing multiple movie and/or still image files is previewed or exported.

      The following is a general guide for the number of files that can be safely contained in a Nikon Movie Editor project. However, these numbers may vary depending upon the system:
      - Core 2 Duo: A project containing 4 H.264 (1920 × 1080) movies and 2 still images can be previewed and exported.
      - Core 2 Quad: A project containing 3 H.264 (1920 × 1080) movies and NO still images can be previewed and exported.
      - Core i3: A project containing 3 H.264 (1920 × 1080) movies and NO still images can be previewed and exported.
      - Core i5: A project containing 3 H.264 (1920 × 1080) movies and NO still images can be previewed and exported.
      - Core i7: A project containing 2 H.264 (1920 × 1080) movies and NO still images can be previewed and exported.

      However, when H.264 movies recorded at 720p and lower are used, the number of movie files and still images that can be used in a project increases.
      When only Motion JPEG (1080p) movies are used, the number of files that can be safely used in a Nikon Movie Editor project changes as follows:
      - Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, Core i3, Core i5: A project containing up to 30 movies can be previewed and exported.
      - Core i7: A project containing up to 19 movies can be previewed and exported.

      • Anonymous

        @fiatlux,
        You did NOT understand the chart that you posted.
        The LIMITATION is not Nikon’s but the processing power limitation of the listed CPU’S in AVERAGE desktop computers and laptops.
        NOBODY runs video editing on crappy processors or built-in graphics.
        MY Minimum:
        Quad-CORE Intel i720 or HEXA-Core i780X or Xeon quad or hexa (6) core
        Quad-CORE AMD Phenom X4 965 or HEXA-Core PhenomX6 1090 or even 12 core Opteron.

        Minimum memory for VIDEO – 16 megs at 32 bit and 32 to 64 megs at 64 bit.

        THIS IS why Nikon DID NOT use this codec in its’ previous DSLR’s – they know people DO NOT have the computers to do HD Video Editing (1080 and ABOVE) – facts!
        Just look at newtek.com

      • Jabs

        @fiatlux,
        You did NOT understand the chart that you posted.
        The LIMITATION is not Nikon’s but the processing power limitation of the listed CPU’S in AVERAGE desktop computers and laptops.
        NOBODY runs video editing on crappy processors or built-in graphics.
        MY Minimum:
        Quad-CORE Intel i720 or HEXA-Core i780X or Xeon quad or hexa (6) core
        Quad-CORE AMD Phenom X4 965 or HEXA-Core PhenomX6 1090 or even 12 core Opteron.

        Minimum memory for VIDEO – 16 megs at 32 bit and 32 to 64 megs at 64 bit.

        THIS IS why Nikon DID NOT use this codec in its’ previous DSLR’s – they know people DO NOT have the computers to do HD Video Editing (1080 and ABOVE) – facts!
        Just look at newtek.com

        Sorry – forgot to put my name in – lol.

  • thorgal

    i think the best idea is spending some money for cyberlink power director:]

  • M

    What is the point to use the MOV extension. The MOV is a downgrade from AVI.

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