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Andrew Collin
Editing 1080i footage and exporting at 720p
on Jun 22, 2011 at 2:55:41 pm

So previously in the old Final Cut, I'd import AVCHD clips the full resolution of 1080i, and create a 720p timeline. Clips would show in the viewer as being at 66% size, allowing me to zoom in up to 100% without any loss of quality. Exporting at 720p was fine for my purposes.

So now in FCPX, I create a project in 720p, clips imported at 1080i. In the viewer the clip just seems adjusted to fit the 1080i clips, zooming in seems pixelated, and there is no indictation of current 'zoom'

Am I being stupid? I imagine there must be a way to do this but I can't figure it out?

Thanks!


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Mario Gongora
Re: Editing 1080i footage and exporting at 720p
on Jun 22, 2011 at 4:49:01 pm

Did you have the "create optimized media" button selected? Maybe it automatically converted your video to 720, so it is not a re-scaled 1080 clip, but rather an "optimized" 720 clip... Just my theory.



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Robert Towne
Re: Editing 1080i footage and exporting at 720p
on Aug 6, 2011 at 4:36:48 am

No, you're not being stupid. I've run into the same scenario and haven't figured it out yet. Any 1080 clip I put to a 720 timeline in FCPX is scaled at 100% which it shouldn't be. It should be 66.6% So, with the thought that okay let's scale to 130% did an export of that and it looked terrible. In fact, even a non-scaled 1080 clip put to a 720 timeline, exported, looked unacceptable. Anyone else have any experience with this?


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MIkko Jarvenpaa
Re: Editing 1080i footage and exporting at 720p
on Aug 13, 2011 at 10:18:50 pm

Ok, time to join CreativeCow, hello guys. I have this exact situation in front of me. I will have to experiment - I have tons of 1080 media and want a 720p project, especially since I want to reframe, zoom and stabilize. I would assume this works, but FCPX has let me down before. I will start with a project the size of 1080p and try exporting in 720p... not sure if makes sense though.


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Robert Towne
Re: Editing 1080i footage and exporting at 720p
on Aug 13, 2011 at 10:52:11 pm

Simply follow the steps I've provided and your result will be no different than in FCP7.


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Robert Towne
Re: Editing 1080i footage and exporting at 720p
on Aug 13, 2011 at 11:00:36 pm

Wait a minute, I never provided steps, my bad, different website. In FCPX setup a 1280 x 720 project. Add your 1080 clip to the timeline and highlight it. Click the inspector and under the Video tab scroll down to Spatial Conform. By default this is set to fill, change that to none. FCPX will default to 100% scale on that clip, However, you now have between 67% and 100% to move and scale the clip.


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MIkko Jarvenpaa
Re: Editing 1080i footage and exporting at 720p
on Aug 14, 2011 at 10:19:26 am

I just saw the spatial conform setting but didn't make the connection... thank you Robert!


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Andrew Collin
Re: Editing 1080i footage and exporting at 720p
on Aug 15, 2011 at 8:52:24 pm

Hey Guys,

Thanks so much for the help, we got there in the end! It's sometimes quite tough to get FCPX to do stuff that I could have done so easily in FCP7!

Cheers,

Andy


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Pat Grimm
Re: Editing 1080i footage and exporting at 720p
on Sep 20, 2011 at 4:02:53 pm

Would you paste the link regarding this problem in FCP7 please? Cheers.


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