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Ignacio Holiday
Is my footage poisonous?
on May 11, 2013 at 7:53:12 pm

So every time I was trying to import my footage into FCP it keep freezing up or crashing. After a while I realized that it was better to convert it from H264 to Apple ProRes 422 before importing it (which you think they would have told you in this stupid video class). So I try and pull the footage into MPEG Streamclip and convert it,and Streamclip crashes too! Is my footage toxic? It plays fine when I open it in quicktime....


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Is my footage poisonous?
on May 11, 2013 at 8:47:53 pm

I'd say yes. Either your footage is bad or there's some weird corruption in the QuickTime codec on your system. I'm fairly certain both FCPX and MPEG Streamclip are calling on the same system libraries to do the conversion.

if you have multiple clips and you're trying to batch convert there may only be one of them causing the issue so do them one at a time until you find the culprit.

As a last resort you could use Quicktime player to export a new copy of the footage and try importing that seeing as it's playing fine in that.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Ignacio Holiday
Re: Is my footage poisonous?
on May 11, 2013 at 10:20:04 pm

Well it seems like it's working now as long as I only feed Streamclip a few clips at a time. I didn't think I was giving it a huge load, but maybe it can only handle so many files at once...


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Is my footage poisonous?
on May 11, 2013 at 11:03:03 pm

Can't say I've stressed MPEG Streamclip to any extreme but I regularly give it hundreds of clips to batch convert without an issue. Sounds more and more like a system issue of some kind.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Mike Drew
Re: Is my footage poisonous?
on May 12, 2013 at 1:07:40 am

Ignacio, are you using the batch function in Streamclip?? It's under the "list" menu. It allows you to drag in as many clips as you want and then it chugs through them one at a time.


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Richard Jacana
Re: Is my footage poisonous?
on May 14, 2013 at 2:28:01 am

I have a GH2 and use some hacked version of the software for the camera. I took some shots on a vacation and I didn't realize that some of them were corrupt - you could view them with quicktime but they had weird green flashes in them and they would play back oddly.

When I took then into FCPx they basically shat the bed so to speak, FCPx just hung on a bad shots and never went to the next shot. I had to manually go into the transcoding window and tell fcpx not to transcode the shot.

You could go in and edit out the corrupted part manually in Quicktime, use the trim feature and try to then re transcode it. FCPx also would crash too with these shots.

Just my experience with a somewhat experimental setup - but I love these hacks and getting 130 Mbps out of an AVCHD camera rocks! I now have a hack / patch that does not crash FCPx.


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