HI there -
I started a project early on in the year before firmware was released for Canon 5D. I've had three different camerapeople with 3 different cameras (2 x 5Ds and a 7D) on it and now have NTSC and PAL files. What problems am I going to have in the edit and how can I fix it in FCP7? Thanks for your help.
AE is Adobe After Effects. The Compressor workflow has been extensively discussed. Search and you'll find your answers. The key to high-quality encodes in Compressor is using Frame Controls. But, not only will it greatly increase quality, it will also greatly increase encode times.
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One of Britain's biggest post-production facilities uses the freeware Mpeg Streamclip for all its compression these days simply because it does a far better and quicker job than Apple's Compressor.
Using Motion or AE could take you days or even weeks depending on your system and how much footage you have.
One tool you could try is Apple's Cinema Tools - you can batch convert entire folders from and to any frame rate you require although it doesn't offer any resizing controls. It's also destructive in that it doesn't create new files, it irreversibly encodes the original clips to your new chosen frame rate so if you don't like the outcome, you've no way of going back. The way round it, as always, is to back up first.