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stephen hockman
Options for importing h264 files into FCPX without file structure
on Nov 20, 2014 at 2:23:22 pm
Last Edited By stephen hockman on Nov 20, 2014 at 2:59:50 pm

What can I do in this situation?

I use Adobe Premiere on Windows, however I have an intern who will be editing a video using FCPX.

I never keep the file structure off of the SD cards. Instead, I go into the folder and drag all of the clips off onto my hard drive into separate category folders. That way I can have a huge collection of BRoll that is sorted into categories. I also rename all of the clips in the windows finder so i know what they are. This makes my life easier with multiple projects going on at once.

With Adobe Premiere, I can just drag those clips into the program and start editing.

FCPX does not recognize the clips unless they are in the file structure off of the disk.

I have Adobe Media Encoder, however it is on Windows and I do not have a Pro Res preset. Supposedly Windows can't do this??

Can someone tell me what my options are to get these clips transcoded into a format that FCPX will import so my intern can start the project?

I read somewhere that MPEG Streamclip could work. But windows version does not have Pro Res output. I also read that I can download Avid DNxHD codecs and transcode to that. I did a test and the file size is HUGE! A 93mb file turned into 527mb. If i do, will FCPX natively import them?

I have access to the mac she is working on. So I could use MPEG Streamclip on that computer if it downloads with Pro Res output.

Or, is there a way I can export a codec from Adobe Media Encoder on windows that will work in FCPX?

And if it matters, the final output of this video is Youtube only.

Thanks!



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Paul Figgiani
Re: Options for importing h264 files into FCPX without file structure
on Nov 20, 2014 at 3:48:45 pm

Stephen,

Are you referring AVCHD? If so FCPX will recognize, import, and transcode individual files extracted from the file structure. You can create Optimized or Proxy copies ...

-paul.



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stephen hockman
Re: Options for importing h264 files into FCPX without file structure
on Nov 20, 2014 at 3:50:57 pm

really? i will have to go and try.

in fact, now that i think of it, i was using another camera that shot .MTS files when i had that file structure problem.

Now i am using a canon 70d which shoots .mov.

maybe i just wasted everyone's time. LOL!



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Bret Williams
Re: Options for importing h264 files into FCPX without file structure
on Nov 20, 2014 at 5:29:26 pm

If you have Premiere, just download Adobe media encoder on their Mac and convert there. That's one of the nice things about the cloud. It's multi platform.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Options for importing h264 files into FCPX without file structure
on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:35:19 pm

FCXP does read h264 .mov files from DSLR.

You shouldn't have a problem with this footage.


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