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James Bayliss-Smith
Converting avi using compressor
on Dec 3, 2010 at 4:06:02 am

Hi there I've just received some archive footage that I would like to use in my documentary. They are all avi files. I'd like to use compressor to convert them for use in Final Cut Pro. I used an application called VideoSpec to check them out here is the report

*** General Parameters ***
- Name: INV184463.avi
- Container: AVI - Audio Video Interleaved
- Creation Date: 1904-01-01 08:26:44
- Size: 55085.0 MiB
- Duration: 0:34:33
- Bitrate: 223 Mbps
- Encoding Library: Undefined
- Encoding Application: Undefined

*** Video Track Parameters ***
- Format: Apple FCP Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2
- Size: 53.4 GiB (99%)
- FourCC: v210
- Track number(s): 0
- Bitrate: Max.: Undefined
Average: 221 Mbps
Min.: Undefined
- Frame rate (fps): Max.: Undefined
Average: 25.000
Min.: Undefined
- Bitrate mode: Undefined
- Encoding profile: Undefined
- Resolution: 20 bits
- Width (Pixel number): 720
- Height (Pixel number): 576
- Pixel Aspect Ratio: Undefined
- Display aspect ratio: 5:4
- Chroma subsampling format: YUV422p
- TV standard: PAL
- Interlacing: Undefined
- Encoding library: Undefined
- Additional Parameters: Bits/(Pixel*Frame) ratio: 21.333

I imported them into FCP and I got the error message: The following media files are not optimised for final cut pro.

My instinct is to convert them all to ProRes 422 using Compressor. Is this the way forward?

If I convert them to ProRes422 should I up-res them to HD frmae size (albeit 4:3)?

Should it be HQ?

What is the Format: Apple FCP Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2?

My ultimate use for them will be in and HD (HDV) documentary 16:9. I may crop them so they are 16:9 aspect ratio. All my footage was captured as DV but I will ultimately recapture all the tapes at ProRes422 1920x1080 for final post-production. I am also using some archive from a DVD. I have converted the DVD using MPEG Streamclip.

Again should I up-res thee DVD footage if my ultimate project will be 1920 X 1080?

I know that FCP can handle different formats in the timeline but I'm a little confused about the whole up-ressing business. I would say 95% of my documentary is HDV so I would like to make an HD version but I don't understand how to properly use the SD footage, both archive and stuff I shot not in HDV

Should I up-res the DV footage as well as the archive?

Any help on any of these points would be much appreciated,

All the best

James Bayliss-Smith

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