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Todd Newman
Creating client TC Window copies....
on Jun 25, 2010 at 10:46:57 pm

Hey all,

My little HMC 150 is producing just what I need, and I like what I'm seeing after a year of use and varied applications and scenarios. Good product overall, not perfect, but for the cost, great in my opinion.

I've been in production for 20+ years and like most of you gone through lots of different hardware and software. I'm using FCP 6 for ingest of my AVCHD footage, and all is well except.... I have been struggling with finding a way to create time code windows for clients. Isn't there there some way to decode the AVCHD files to multiple formats? This seems like such a needed function as we could shoot in 1080p and export a couple different formats in "Log and Transfer". Is this just some forthcoming function in newer versions of FCP? Even with the MacPro I am running, the output function for windows is slow at best. Open to ideas. How do others go about this?

Thanks folks!


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Noah Kadner
Re: Creating client TC Window copies....
on Jun 27, 2010 at 6:37:26 am

You could set up droplets in Compressor with the TC overlay filter for starters...

Noah

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Todd Newman
Re: Creating client TC Window copies....
on Jun 27, 2010 at 5:46:51 pm

Thanks. I have been doing that, but I still have to ingest my AVCHD files to their original, and they are huge. I am hoping to find a way to transcode from the AVCHD directly to an alternate format/size from the original captured file size. Hour and a half conferences recorded in 1080 are eating up too much of my resources in HD space, and all I need to produce at this point is a window for the client. To play back from the camera is another alternative, but that's a really long process too. Maybe this HMC 150 is just the wrong way to approach long recordings?


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Noah Kadner
Re: Creating client TC Window copies....
on Jun 28, 2010 at 1:24:10 am

Get more hard drives- we're talking $100/TB these days- it's a minor cost....

Noah

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Todd Newman
Re: Creating client TC Window copies....
on Jun 28, 2010 at 4:37:52 pm

Noah, It's more a time factor for me not a space issue.

I finally came up with my own solution this weekend. You want more options for outputting directly from AVCHD .MTS files? This works, and there are tons of options! " Wondershare Video Converter Pro for Mac". It runs very well on the 8 core and will handle/convert 8 files at a time in the cue, so a process that was taking hours is reduced to minutes. Best money I ever spent on simple software. Now why has Apple or Panasonic, or someone not seen the need for this? Maybe the next release?


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Noah Kadner
Re: Creating client TC Window copies....
on Jun 28, 2010 at 6:39:51 pm

Most of those sorts of apps are simply batch processors for QuickTime but if it works for you- go for it.

Noah

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Todd Newman
Re: Creating client TC Window copies....
on Jun 28, 2010 at 6:56:47 pm

I couldn't get MTS files to open with quicktime. You can? Am I missing something? Being able to output a different file completely in AVCHD from what is originally captured is big deal and not something that is offered in quicktime or any other of the production tools that I have found.


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