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Dana Smillie
D7000 footage in Final Cut Pro
on May 18, 2011 at 12:16:31 pm

Hi. Shooting Nikon D7000 full resolution (1920x108 with the h264 compression). Editing in Final Cut Pro 7. Editing on MBP 17" laptop (with the 3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor).
As per everyone's advice, I learned I should first convert my files to ProRes 422 (LT). (Which takes forever but never mind). But I am outputting for web video, which I usually do as h264. It takes an insane long amount of time.

So:

Convert footage to ProRes 422 LT for editing.Got it.
But what is the most efficient codec to use for output that will be uploaded to web (ie, youtube or vimeo.)


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Michael Cavanagh
Re: D7000 footage in Final Cut Pro
on May 18, 2011 at 2:51:06 pm

Export it out of final cut as "Current Settings" so it creates a self contained ProRes LT File. Once its exported Drag it into a program called MPEG Streamclip (Google it) which is free and fast, from there you can encode it to H264. I find this method to be faster.

You can also export the file from FCP as a reference file. to save even more time and space.


Mike


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Noah Kadner
Re: D7000 footage in Final Cut Pro
on May 18, 2011 at 5:10:44 pm

Yup- them's the breaks. You want faster- ya need something like a Mac Pro. H.264 is just raw processing cycles. If you haven't maxed your RAM- that would help.

Noah

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Colin McQuillan
Re: D7000 footage in Final Cut Pro
on May 18, 2011 at 6:07:16 pm

This product can do wonders if you are limited by processing speed on a MacBook Pro.

http://www.elgato.com/elgato/na/mainmenu/products/Turbo264HD/product1.en.ht...

Not sure how it stacks up against brand new top end quad core MBP's, but on dual-core '09 and earlier MBP's it speeds up the h.264 encoding big time.

Colin McQuillan
Vancouver, B.C.


"Live, love, laugh and be happy."


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Noah Kadner
Re: D7000 footage in Final Cut Pro
on May 18, 2011 at 6:57:47 pm

Yeah I was going to mention that too but wasn't sure how versatile that piece of gear actually was. Elgato- send me one for review please. :)

Noah

Unlock the secrets of 24p, HD and Final Cut Studio with Call Box Training. Featuring the Panasonic GH2 and Canon 7D.


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Colin McQuillan
Re: D7000 footage in Final Cut Pro
on May 18, 2011 at 8:26:43 pm

It's great for MBP's. An ENG sports shooter here has developed a great system for shooting hilites of live sporting events and uses the Turbo to encode clips to send back to the station for broadcast. He shoots the game with a camera that has a buffer. Sets the buffer to 20-30 seconds and just follows the game without recording. When a play, goal, hit, TD... happens he taps the record button and gets all the build up and rolls on the celebration. Then between periods/halfs/quarters... uses a MBP with the Turbo to encode the good plays and uploads them to the station's FTP for broadcast.

Colin McQuillan
Vancouver, B.C.


"Live, love, laugh and be happy."


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Dana Smillie
Re: D7000 footage in Final Cut Pro
on May 19, 2011 at 6:04:33 am

Thanks, everyone, for the advice.


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Chuck Purnell
Re: D7000 footage in Final Cut Pro
on Jun 24, 2011 at 10:11:07 am

I have a similar machine except I have 2.33 duo processor Macbook Pro and I have a Matrox MXO2 Mini with Max box connected to my laptop. After editing my work in FCP, I send it to Compressor and I use one of the Matrox settings for compression. The speed at which it compresses videos is very impressive! I am talking 3-5 minutes compression time for a video that is about 10-15 minutes in length. I love using the Matrox MXO2 box and my videos look really good on Youtube and Vimeo.

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