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Michael Hutchinson
Best quality for MPEG-2 .VOB to .MOV for FCP editing
on Feb 3, 2010 at 6:29:10 pm

Hi all,
I'm sure this has been answered elsewhere but I'm having trouble finding a thread that meets my situation.
*Almost forgot:

Computer - MacBook Pro5,1 2.66 GHz, 4GB RAM

Operating system - Mac OS X Snow Leopard v. 10.6.2

Software used including version number:
MPEG Streamclip version 1.9.2
Additional applications -
Final Cut Studio 3
Final Cut Pro 7.0.1
Compressor 3.5.1

Source codec (file you put in): .VOB MPEG Program Stream that has been copied to scratch drive

Destination codec: I'm guessing my best choice would be to edit in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)

Type of destination use: Will create multiple versions including DVD, FLV and a couple other formats...no need to worry about this right now as I'm more concerned with the best format to edit this video.


Anyway, I'm looking for the best way to prepare .VOB MPEG files for editing in FCP.

All the other footage I have for this project was shot in XDCAM EX, and even though I'd ideally like to edit in the 1920x1080 30p format in which the majority was filmed, the consumer level footage of the .VOB files (which I don't have a choice but to use) has me thinking I should probably just edit the whole thing on an Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) timeline.

So I initially just used MPEG Streamclip to get the .VOB files into Apple ProRes 422 and clearly I'm doing something wrong because the interlacing of the .MOV file is really distracting. I've tried with a few different settings, but each time I end up with the same result and I don't know if it's my settings, Streamclip, or the .VOB video itself.

I'm guessing I should go ahead and use Compression, but if anyone could let me know the best settings to make sure I don't end up with an even more lossy video I'd really appreciate it.
Thanks in advance,
Michael

Michael David Hutchinson
"That most limited of all specialists, the well-rounded man."--F. Scott Fitzgerald 'The Great Gatsby'


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