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Shane RossRe: Should I be worried?? (importing not capturing .avi files)
by on Jul 25, 2012 at 5:56:39 pm

OK...at first I didn't have the heart to answer, but I see that no one else is, so...

FCP doesn't work with AVI files well. It isn't designed to edit them. And the footage might be interlaced...DV is an interlaced medium. But if it was captured on another system and just imported as AVI, the interlacing might not display properly on your system. The idea situation is to capture the tapes on the system you intend to edit it with.

The solution, to get the best quality out of this, would be to recapture the footage on your system. But the issue with that is, well, will the timecode match the AVI files? If you could capture exactly the same way they were on the other system, you could capture the footage in another project, make sure the names are exactly the same as the other files you received...and then try to reconnect to the new media. But the issue with that is that the timecode would need to match exactly, the start and end times of the captures would have to match exactly, and the duration would have to match exactly. Not promising.

But, you said the quality of the footage was fine...so that's seems to be OK...you can work with this. The only issue is that your DVDs are squeezed, meaning they are in CINEMASCOPE (anamorphic) but the TV lacks the ability to unsqueeze it. Older non-HDTVs have problems doing this, where HDTVs do it all the time. YOu need to burn a DVD that is letterboxed, not anamorphic. If I knew iDVD I'd tell you how, but I don't, so you need to see if you can find settings to do that.

All doesn't seem lost. The situation wasn't ideal, but you might be able to save things.

Good luck.

Shane
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