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Mirjam Letsch
Nikon D3s: import settings FCP
on Feb 21, 2010 at 3:50:12 pm

I would really appreciate some help...

I filmed with a Nikon D3s in India.
A first result can be seen here: http://mirjamletsch.com (file: FOOD!)

And as you can see, the result is not good: I filmed with a wideangle lense, but this is too much stretched (more than just a result of the wideangle).

I am pretty sure this has to do with my import/export settings in FCP, but whatever I search (forum), I cannot find the right settings.

My original AVI clips are:
1280 x 720
16 bits
44,100 kHz
Bps: 24

At this moment, my goal is to show short films on the internet, HD quality.

Can anyone advice me here? Or point me at a site / forum topic where I can find this information? Especially the import / export settings for FCP?

Thank you,
Mirjam


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Mirjam Letsch
Re: Nikon D3s: import settings FCP
on Feb 21, 2010 at 5:23:17 pm

Not sure if this will solve my own problem, but I think I found a few PDF manuals that can be very useful for others as well:

http://mediastorm.org/submissions/index.htm
(see bottom of page)

http://www.mirjamletsch.com


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Greg Barringer
Re: Nikon D3s: import settings FCP
on Feb 21, 2010 at 11:48:19 pm

Mirjam,

I went through the tutorial you listed above "Setting up Final Cut Pro for Nikon D300 Video" I agree with his Compressor settings but in FCP his audio/video setup did not match his footage and FCP gave him a warning to change the sequence settings. Follow the steps I gave you and the sequence setting will match the footage.


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Greg Barringer
Re: Nikon D3s: import settings FCP
on Feb 21, 2010 at 5:41:22 pm

Mirjam,

I have a D3s and FCP Suite 3. From what I saw of your video it looks sharp and well focused. About a minute into the video it stops, hesitates, plays about 10 sec. and stops again. It continues to hesitate, I never did get past about 1 min. 30 sec. This could be caused by your web server or the size of the file. For web site video I use Vimeo.com and embed the HD video into my web site. A Vimeo Plus membership is $60/yr. You may want to look into that. To me the video didn't looked stretched, it looked like it was shot at a wide angle like using a 14-24 f/2.8 lens. Which lens did you use?

Since this camera was just introduced in late '09, like everyone else with a D3s, I'm new to working with it in FCP. I can only tell you what I've found to work best so far. Here's my steps:

1. Copy the CF card to the HD of the computer
2. Open Compressor, in these next steps we'll make a custom Droplet.
a. In the Settings tab, select Formats > Quick Time > Apple ProRes 422
b. Drag this to "Drag Settings & Destinations Here" and click it
c. In the Inspector, select Encoder
d. Select Video Enabled, then hit Settings. Frame rate 24 > OK
e. Select Audio Enabled, then hit Settings. Choose 48 kHz
f. Save As. Name it. It will be in > Settings tab > Custom
g. Click your new Cutom setting
h. File > Create Droplet
i. select your new custom setting
j. save it to the desktop, leave destination as source.
3. open the Droplet,
4. drag all you D3s clips in, change destination to a new folder
Now you have all your original .DVI and the converted ProRes clips
5. Open FCP, select Final Cut Pro > Audio/Video Settings
6. in the Sequence Setting tab select Apple ProRes 422 1280x720 48kHz
7. Clip Duplicate and give it a new name
8. change the Editing Timebase to 24 > OK
9. select the summary tab click Create Easy Setup
10. name it, give it a description > Create
11. the next time your open FCP use this Easy Setup
12. your D3s clip should not need rendered now.
13. When your done editing use Send to Compressor
14. Vimeo will accept a wide varity of formats
15. I use Quicktime H.264 with settings set to best
16. For Blu-ray I use Export to QT Movie and use Sony DVD Architect to author the BD at 35 mbps, but that's another story.


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Mirjam Letsch
Re: Nikon D3s: import settings FCP
on Feb 21, 2010 at 6:19:09 pm

Dear Greg,

Thank you so much for your answer. This is more detailed than I could have hoped for. As you probably noticed, I am new when it comes to FCP editing (and video in general). I will follow each and every step and see if it will load faster and look better. I have many clips that I feel are good, but I need to improve the editing! Your answer helps me a lot.

The shots were takens with a 14-24 Nikkor. A beautiful lens, but I should not have filmed in its widest angle, I feel.

Thank you!
Mirjam

http://www.mirjamletsch.com


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Greg Barringer
Re: Nikon D3s: import settings FCP
on Feb 21, 2010 at 11:27:23 pm

I knew you'd appreciate the details, I have days and days of trying to get it right in FCP and Compressor. I have to thank the members here for their help.. The ultimate is burning a BD-R and watching it on a large HDTV. The quality is surprising, especially it you mix in full res photos.

I have the 14-24 and like you said it's a beautiful lens. On a full frame camera it's so wide it almost becomes fisheye at 14mm. I also have the 24-70 f/2.8, it's also a fantastic lens. I've noticed the wider you go the more easy it is to hand hold. I tried my 105 f/2.8 Micro VR. VR is On constantly while shooting video but at 105mm it's a little close. In the Macro setting you must use a tripod. I wish they would add VR to the 24-70. I need to practice shooting more with mine. We have 30 inches of snow here and it's not easy to get out. The low light ability of the camera is fantastic for indoor shooting, it's like it creates it's own light.


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Mirjam Letsch
Re: Nikon D3s: import settings FCP
on Feb 22, 2010 at 12:05:40 pm

Greg, your advice and answers have been very stimulating and helpful and I hope to be able to show (you) result soon.

Yes, BD-R and watching it on a large HDTV with good photos must be great. Will try that as well.

Have a nice day in the show,
regards from rainy Holland,

Mirjam

http://www.mirjamletsch.com


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Greg Barringer
Re: Nikon D3s: import settings FCP
on Feb 22, 2010 at 12:29:41 pm

When you're ready to try BD-R let me know. I have it figured out that FCP does not render upon export.

http://proimagespa.com

Greg


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Norman Pogson
Re: Nikon D3s: import settings FCP
on Feb 22, 2010 at 3:36:08 pm

Regardless of your technical problems, you have produced wonderful story.

My Canon 7D Blog


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Mirjam Letsch
Re: Nikon D3s: import settings FCP
on Feb 22, 2010 at 3:48:26 pm

Norman, this is nice to hear! It's a start! Cannot wait to really show what I shot, both in photos and video (and audio). First have to practice and learn more, but I'll be back! ;-)

http://www.mirjamletsch.com


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Greg Barringer
Re: Nikon D3s: import settings FCP
on Feb 22, 2010 at 8:42:24 pm

Mirjam, I watched your video a second time and this time when it hesitated I paused it and waiting several minutes. Then I hit play and it worked fine. Beautiful work, good color, can't wait to see more.


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Mirjam Letsch
Re: Nikon D3s: import settings FCP
on Mar 3, 2010 at 9:27:12 pm

Hi Greg, Finally found the time to import and export my movie as per your advice. Still a question! I followed each and every step you listed and my movie is 4.30 minutes and 501,1 Mb. Isn't that much too big for - for instance - Vimeo? Or did I do something wrong in compressor, you think? What would an average size be, for such a short movie? I feel a bit reluctant uploading such a huge file.

Thanks again!
Mirjam

http://www.mirjamletsch.com


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Greg Barringer
Re: Nikon D3s: import settings FCP
on Mar 4, 2010 at 12:54:24 am

My last 8 minute video sent to Vimeo was 965MB. They accept it, do their own compression and conversion to flash.


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Mirjam Letsch
Re: Nikon D3s: import settings FCP
on Mar 4, 2010 at 5:25:09 pm

Thanks! I posted the video and it's best if you allow it to load first.

http://www.vimeo.com/9911304

http://www.mirjamletsch.com


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Greg Barringer
Re: Nikon D3s: import settings FCP
on Mar 4, 2010 at 6:52:38 pm

Mirjam,
It looks great and loaded immediately for me. Again nice work.
I appreciate the "thank you" in Vimeo.
Greg


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