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Brett Ramsey
Exporting as .H264 SD Interlaced
on Mar 17, 2015 at 6:19:28 pm

Help!
I need to convert 1080i master from FCPX to .H264 576i Top Field First 16:9 Anamorphic.
Apple Compressor wont let me do it. I cant afford $500 for Telestream Episode.
What options do I have?

Brett Ramsey
FCP/Mac hold out in a very PC environment.


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Mark Suszko
Re: Exporting as .H264 SD Interlaced
on Mar 17, 2015 at 7:40:56 pm

Are you trying to make it DV-PAL? Mpeg Streamclip is free...


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Brett Ramsey
Re: Exporting as .H264 SD Interlaced
on Mar 18, 2015 at 1:00:35 am

I need to deliver to the following format.
720 x 576 Anamorphic (1024x576)
.H264
Top Field Dominant

The original is 1080i

Streamclip has all the right settings but no matter whether I click deinterlace or not the resultant file is always progressive.
Compressor wont even give me the interlaced option. All it's .H264 presets default to progressive. Same with Handbrake.
According to the forums on Apple, .H264 is ALWAYS progressive.
But Adobe Media Encoder on a friends PC has a preset for 576i 16:9 and it works perfectly.
Our fiercely anti-apple tech guy is telling everyone that Apple can not output proper station specs but I don't believe that.

Brett Ramsey
FCP/Mac hold out in a very PC environment.


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Oliver Peters
Re: Exporting as .H264 SD Interlaced
on Mar 18, 2015 at 8:49:14 pm

[Brett Ramsey] "According to the forums on Apple, .H264 is ALWAYS progressive."

Actually that's not true. I have delivered SD commercials to TV stations as H264 with proper interlacing. I would recommend a two-step process. First convert it to the right sized file as an 8-bit uncompressed MOV. I use After Effects to do that. Then take the uncompressed file into MPEG Streamclip or just QT Player Pro (preferred) and export it as an H.264 file.

- Oliver

Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC
Orlando, FL
http://www.oliverpeters.com


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Russ Haskell
Re: Exporting as .H264 SD Interlaced
on Mar 19, 2015 at 9:11:02 pm

[Brett Ramsey] "According to the forums on Apple, .H264 is ALWAYS progressive."

To put it a little differently, the Apple developers apparently have decided that users should only use h.264 in a progressive format. Having tried all the settings in Compressor I can find trying to output H.264 interlaced without success, would agree it needs to be taken outside the Apple eco system to get the desired outcome.

Russ


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