I have FCP 5.1 and I am trying to learn the ins and out of HD, but I am having very frustrating problems trying to get HD into my timeline without having to render.
I first bought in 720p24 and realized that I didn't need audio channels 3 and 4. The clip dropped into the timeline without rendering. I thougt I would try my luck and shot in 1080i 24p. I set the easy setup to both HDV23 1080p 24 and also tried DVC pro HD 1080pa24 and I still have to render the clip when dropped into the timeline.
This is why I haven't been doing too much HD. It is too frustrating. Can anyone give me some pointers on how to bring any HD footage in I need. I wished I would upgrade to FCP 6, but money is not an option and i need this to work.
G5, 1.7, 4MB RAM, 30"cine, G4, 1.6 2MB RAM, Mbox, Neumann TLM-103, FCP HD 5. Pro Tools, Adobe Creative Suite, Reason 3.0, Macromedia Studio, ProAnimator, HVX200 with Firestore v4.0
[Nelson May]"I thougt I would try my luck and shot in 1080i 24p. I set the easy setup to both HDV23 1080p 24 and also tried DVC pro HD 1080pa24 and I still have to render the clip when dropped into the timeline. "
Shooting P2 is not HDV. Shooting on p2 means that you are recording to DVCPro HD in HD, or dv50 and dv25 in SD. You have the wrong easy setup and timeline settings.
If you shot 24pA, then you need to remove the advanced pulldown and work in a 1080p24 DVCPro HD timeline. Does your version of FCP have the log and transfer option? I can't remember the version of FCP where log and transfer first showed up. I believe it was FCP v5.1.x
For your 720 material, you choose a 720p DVCPro HD easy setup with the frame rate that matches your footage. If you shot 24pN, the you choose a DVCPro HD 24p timeline, if you shot 24p (over 60) then you choose a DVCPro HD 720p60 timeline.