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Chris Dolan
Workflow for Converting Multiple EX1 Frame Rates?
on Mar 10, 2011 at 3:12:55 am

Sorry for the cross-post; I put this in the Compression Techniques forum but I'm not sure that's the best place. I figured the EX1 folks might have more experience dealing with this.

I'm putting together a demo reel comprised of multiple frame rates, all shot with the Sony EX1. Given the nature of the EX1's mp4 files, I can't figure out a fast workflow to change everything to one frame rate for editing. Compressor won't accept the raw mp4 files from the BPAV folder, nor will it accept mxf files exported from Clip Browser.

The first thing that came to mind for a workflow was this; Import mp4 files to FCP using Log & Transfer>export from timeline as .mov file>convert frame rate in Compressor>go back and edit in FCP.

Anyone have a better/faster workflow than this? I'm working with a lot of clips so I need something faster than the above suggestion.

Thanks!

Chris Dolan


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Rafael Amador
Re: Workflow for Converting Multiple EX1 Frame Rates?
on Mar 10, 2011 at 3:22:03 am

Unless you have third part software to edit directly the MP4, you need to L&T and get the EX-.mov files.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Craig Seeman
Re: Workflow for Converting Multiple EX1 Frame Rates?
on Mar 10, 2011 at 3:51:33 am

CalibratedSoftware would allow you to use EX mp4 in Compressor and Final Cut Pro as well.



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Chris Dolan
Re: Workflow for Converting Multiple EX1 Frame Rates?
on Mar 10, 2011 at 4:05:10 am

Thanks... I looked at the overview on the CalibratedSoftware site but I'm not sure how it works- as a plugin?

Chris Dolan


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Rafael Amador
Re: Workflow for Converting Multiple EX1 Frame Rates?
on Mar 10, 2011 at 1:27:04 pm

Install, re-start, and you will be able to open, play or edit the MP4 as a QT movie in most of the QT supported applications (No in Color)..
On the manual (http://www.calibratedsoftware.com/downloads/CalibratedQ-MP4EX-UserGuide.pdf) seems very simple.
The only thing you need to pay attention on the manual is about the "type Code" if you intend to use the Media Manager.
And I guess a fast computer will help.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Greg Ondera
Re: Workflow for Converting Multiple EX1 Frame Rates?
on Mar 10, 2011 at 3:10:21 pm

I use calibrated at times, although mostly use XDCam Transfer to rewrap the footage. But you can test Calibrated--it holds a watermark over the footage until you purchase. Calibrated works quite well.

Greg Ondera
http://www.Plexus.tv
http://www.SurgeonToday.org


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Chris Dolan
Re: Workflow for Converting Multiple EX1 Frame Rates?
on Mar 11, 2011 at 3:29:50 am

Thanks for the replies... The software is $150, which doesn't seem worthwhile for just a demo reel.

I'm thinking of an alternate workflow which may make things a bit easier, though it has limitations; Edit each sequence of the reel separately by project/frame rate, then export each sequence as a .mov file and re-assemble all sequences in FCP after converting frame rates in Compressor. One big advantage here is that some existing project sequences can easily be cut down to 'demo' size without much effort. The limitation is that the reel will be organized by project, not allowing clips to be assembled independently. -Not a terrible way to do it I guess.

At least this way all clips can be L&T'd by frame rate and edited in the traditional fashion. It should also be less wasteful, because in the first scenario I planned to convert all clips I *thought* I would need, ultimately not using some. The waste therein is the time needed to convert files, which I found takes a long time in Compressor (~6 minutes for a 7-second clip.)

Now that I think about it, clips in the final arrangement of conformed sequences could be cut up and re-arranged if necessary.

Anyway- I don't mean to throw your advice out the window; I do appreciate the input...It helps to hash out all the options.

Chris Dolan


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