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Tom Adams
EASY? way to convert XDcam files to .mov files?
on Oct 19, 2010 at 2:40:51 pm

hello all,

I am jumping over hurdle after hurdle trying to get XD footage shot by another camera op into final cut pro. I know all about all of the fcp plugins and have tried them all.

I believe that the other camera op made a mistake when putting all the files to a portable hard drive and the files structure is messed up... therefore Sony's XDTrasnfer, log& transfer & clip browser are UNABLE to import the files. I know that if one file is out of place - it screws up the whole import/transfer process.

So, my question is...is there ANY new fangled converter that will allow me to simply convert the XD .mp4 files to .mov files that fcp will recognize?? something like mpeg streamclip (which doesn't work, I tried it:(

help? before I go back to client and say..."sorry, I can't edit your files- the other guy screwed up"??

thanks for any help you can give...

Regards,

Tom Adams - Director/Owner
Reelife Documentary Productions
"cool digital video stuff...not boring or dumb"
http://www.reelifeproductions.com
Williamsburg, MA, USA

http://www.FolktographybyTom.com
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Noah Kadner
Re: EASY? way to convert XDcam files to .mov files?
on Oct 19, 2010 at 3:07:43 pm

There's a calibrated plugin for MXF you can search for. But if some of the key files are missing you're basically SOL and would need the original archives from the camera. I'm sad to see there are still camera operators out there acting so unprofessionally as to not create full archives of their footage- but you learn who not to rehire...

Noah

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Craig Seeman
Re: EASY? way to convert XDcam files to .mov files?
on Oct 19, 2010 at 3:09:38 pm

I believe the latest versions of CalibratedSoftware plugins no longer need all the metadata. It'll work with "orphan" files.



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Craig Seeman
Re: EASY? way to convert XDcam files to .mov files?
on Oct 19, 2010 at 3:08:07 pm

[Tom Adams] "I believe that the other camera op made a mistake when putting all the files to a portable hard drive and the files structure is messed up"

Doesn't anyone believe in making sure people are qualified to do a job anymore.

If you have the .mp4 a valid BPAV (registered file?) can be created with ClipBrowser 2.6 or XDCAM Transfer 2.12

This post has relevant info.
http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/142/873347

[Tom Adams] " I know all about all of the fcp plugins and have tried them all. "

Either you haven't tried them all or the plugin below didn't work. If you haven't tried them all please don't make claims or people will make wrong assumptions. One someone posts a question or problem please LIST WHAT YOU'VE TRIED rather than make sweeping statements as you may not "know" or "tried" "all."

CalibratedSoftware has a plugin that can import the EX .mp4 directly into FCP.
http://www.calibratedsoftware.com/MP4EXImport_Mac.asp



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Tom Adams
Re: EASY? way to convert XDcam files to .mov files?
on Oct 19, 2010 at 3:20:05 pm

thanks for your replies. weird how people like to add their opinions to their helpful responses. there are so many details that you don't know but you're commenting as if you do.

I appreciate your help but am using another program: iskysoft video converter ($35 vs $90 for the calibrated software deal).

thanks again.

Regards,

Tom Adams - Director/Owner
Reelife Documentary Productions
"cool digital video stuff...not boring or dumb"
http://www.reelifeproductions.com
Williamsburg, MA, USA

http://www.FolktographybyTom.com
Folktography.zenfolio.com

MacPro
FCP studio2
4TB Firewire Drives
Panasonic DVX100a & EZ1


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Craig Seeman
Re: EASY? way to convert XDcam files to .mov files?
on Oct 19, 2010 at 3:26:17 pm

[Tom Adams] "weird how people like to add their opinions to their helpful responses"

Keep in mind there are other people reading and lots of people have bad habits. Imagine those of us who have to deal with gun shy clients who think file based shooting is unreliable when they worked with production shops who screwed up their last project and the shop blamed the format.



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Ian Cook
Re: EASY? way to convert XDcam files to .mov files?
on Oct 19, 2010 at 3:23:40 pm

XDCAM Transfer v2.12 will see 'orphaned' (i.e. pulled from the BPAV directory structure) .mp4s; you do not need any other plug-ins. Gather them in one or more folders and add the folders as sources in Transfer.

https://www.servicesplus.sel.sony.com/sony-software-model-PDZKP1.aspx


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Tom Adams
Re: EASY? way to convert XDcam files to .mov files?
on Oct 19, 2010 at 3:28:08 pm

Ian,

ooh cool. i'll try gathering the orphaned files into a new folder and try using XDCAM Transfer v2.12. i was just about to click "pay" for the iskysoft software (which btw: i tested in demo version and it worked!)

thanks Ian.

Regards,

Tom Adams - Director/Owner
Reelife Documentary Productions
"cool digital video stuff...not boring or dumb"
http://www.reelifeproductions.com
Williamsburg, MA, USA

http://www.FolktographybyTom.com
Folktography.zenfolio.com

MacPro
FCP studio2
4TB Firewire Drives
Panasonic DVX100a & EZ1


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Tom Adams
Re: EASY? way to convert XDcam files to .mov files?
on Oct 19, 2010 at 3:42:34 pm

Ian, drat...that didnt work. I went to import> Sony XD cam...and imported my "orphaned files" folder ...but "0 clips" were in the folder. drat.

Regards,

Tom Adams - Director/Owner
Reelife Documentary Productions
"cool digital video stuff...not boring or dumb"
http://www.reelifeproductions.com
Williamsburg, MA, USA

http://www.FolktographybyTom.com
Folktography.zenfolio.com

MacPro
FCP studio2
4TB Firewire Drives
Panasonic DVX100a & EZ1


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Ian Cook
Re: EASY? way to convert XDcam files to .mov files?
on Oct 19, 2010 at 3:53:35 pm

Tom-

You are clicking ADD SOURCE or File-->Add Source? Using 2.12? See below..

You can also try using Clip Browser to File-->Import the MP4s into a new BPAV, but the loose MP4s should be showing up.. You may want to clear the cache (Prefs-->Cache) and delete any old sources that referenced these files.



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