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Jessica ContinenzaConverting mpeg-4 footage for Final Cut Pro
by on Jan 20, 2011 at 8:23:34 pm

Hey all,
I've received some HD footage in mp4 fomat, with h.264 and AAC codecs. I've tried both mpeg streamclip and quicktime to convert the footage to be able to edit it in FCP, but neither software is able able to convert the footage.

In quicktime, it will export out a .mov file that has all the audio but only a white frame as the video. In mpegstream clip, I get an error that says "Cannot prepare the movie" and the file it spits out 'looks' like a .mov file, but when attempting to open it I get an error saying "This movie could not be opened, it is not a movie file."

Any insight as to how to fix this problem so I can get editing would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks for your time. :)


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Shane RossRe: Converting mpeg-4 footage for Final Cut Pro
by on Jan 20, 2011 at 8:45:21 pm

Install VLC player...then try MPEG STREAMCLIP. VLC player adds a great decoder to the system.

Shane

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Jessica ContinenzaRe: Converting mpeg-4 footage for Final Cut Pro
by on Jan 20, 2011 at 9:02:06 pm

Hey Shane,
VLC player was already dowloaded on my computer before I tried mpeg streamclip.
Do I have to do anything special for them to work together? Or should that have already done the trick?

Thanks.


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Shane RossRe: Converting mpeg-4 footage for Final Cut Pro
by on Jan 20, 2011 at 9:04:24 pm

Hmmm...should of worked. Can VLC player play them? If not...might be SOL.

Shane

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Jessica ContinenzaRe: Converting mpeg-4 footage for Final Cut Pro
by on Jan 20, 2011 at 9:08:25 pm

Yes, VLC and Quicktime can both play the mp4 footage fine. (FCP cannot.)


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Shane RossRe: Converting mpeg-4 footage for Final Cut Pro
by on Jan 20, 2011 at 9:09:57 pm

And MPEG STREAMCLIP cannot...? Head scratcher.

Shane

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Brian DeViteriRe: Converting mpeg-4 footage for Final Cut Pro
by on Jan 20, 2011 at 9:29:09 pm

If Quicktime can play the clips fine, then you can just use Quicktime (Pro) FILE > EXPORT capabilities to convert the files to Apple ProRes422 or whatever other codec works best for your workflow.



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Jessica ContinenzaRe: Converting mpeg-4 footage for Final Cut Pro
by on Jan 20, 2011 at 9:38:22 pm

Sorry for my miscommunication there....mpeg streamclip can PLAY the footage, but it cannot properly convert it.

And as far as Quicktime goes, I've tried to convert it to both an h.264 and apple prores422 and both result in a quicktime movie that has all the audio and only a white frame for the video.

Eek.


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Brian DeViteriRe: Converting mpeg-4 footage for Final Cut Pro
by on Jan 20, 2011 at 9:48:42 pm

what is the originating source of the MPEG-4 footage? DSLR? Flip camera? DVD rips? iTunes downloads?

what errors are you getting with MPEGStreamClip? the software is quite powerful and there's lots of technical settings that can cause playback issues if they are not chosen properly.

have you installed the LATEST version of VLC?

out of curiosity, can HandBrake convert the file to something usable? don't think you can go to ProRes, but maybe there's something that would work?


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Michael AlbertsRe: Converting mpeg-4 footage for Final Cut Pro
by on Jan 20, 2011 at 10:14:43 pm

Any reason why you wouldn't use Compressor? Just use the ProRes preset.

Michael Alberts
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Michael PeeleRe: Converting mpeg-4 footage for Final Cut Pro
by on Jan 21, 2011 at 12:39:30 am

It sounds like some aspect of the .mp4 is not QT compliant - hence the white frame.
Have you tried installing Perian? It allows QT to work with a lot of other formats, and it's free.

http://www.perian.org/


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Greg ThanosRe: Converting mpeg-4 footage for Final Cut Pro
by on Sep 14, 2011 at 4:38:41 pm

I am running into the SAME problem that original poster did. I am trying to convert .mp4 (h264) to prores (422) so I can edit in FCP. Both Quicktime 7 and Media Streamclip can play the footage but neither can convert to pro res.

In QT7, i get a smaller file that is WHITE.
In Stream clip I get the error "Can't Prepare the Movie"

I have Perian, VLC, H264 Codec installed etc...same problems. Any ideas?


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Jesse FreestonRe: Converting mpeg-4 footage for Final Cut Pro
by on Sep 29, 2011 at 5:55:59 pm

If you really are in a jam and aren't too concerned with a quality loss, you can always play it back in QT and then record your screen with iShowU or Screenium, or whatever. Then sync it with the audio from your original QT conversion (the one that gave you a white frame for the video).

It ain't perfect. But it will work.


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