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Lisa Defelice
Beginner FCPX migrating from Adobe PP CS 5.5 Transcoding question?
on Mar 28, 2017 at 3:37:45 am

Hi Guys,
I am new to the Cow and FCPX. I did my first importing of file and transcoding to Pro Res. But it failed and gave me a ProRes green playback screen with sound? What did I do wrong?

Big Thank You
Lisa

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Andy Neil
Re: Beginner FCPX migrating from Adobe PP CS 5.5 Transcoding question?
on Mar 28, 2017 at 4:19:37 am

What was the original file? Sounds like a codec issue to me.

Andy

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Mark Smith
Re: Beginner FCPX migrating from Adobe PP CS 5.5 Transcoding question?
on Mar 28, 2017 at 9:40:12 am

Green screens after transcoding are virtually always because you don't have the correct plugin to handle the type of media you are importing. Does your transcoded file have audio and a green screen? What type of file are you trying to import?


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Joe Marler
Re: Beginner FCPX migrating from Adobe PP CS 5.5 Transcoding question?
on Mar 29, 2017 at 12:15:18 pm

[Lisa Defelice] "I am new to the Cow and FCPX. I did my first importing of file and transcoding to Pro Res. But it failed and gave me a ProRes green playback screen with sound? What did I do wrong? "

In general you don't need to transcode to ProRes on import. Just like Premiere, FCPX can edit camera native files with good performance. If the files are already copied to hard disk, you can import with the "leave files in place" option and do not select either proxy or optimized media transcoding. The import will be very fast.

Exceptions to this are cameras which have a hierarchical folder structure, and you copy the entire camera structure to hard disk. In that case FCPX will not allow import with "leave files in place" but will rewrap the files and copy them to the library. In most cases you can avoid this by copying the video files outside the folder structure. However in the case of AVCHD you should not do this because it may create performance problems after import. For AVCHD, IMO it's better to (a) not use it in the first place or (b) externally rewrap before import using the 3rd party tool EditReady: http://www.divergentmedia.com/editready

If you are editing multicam, 4k H264, or multicam 4k it may be necessary to transcode to proxy for better editing performance. This can be done during import or afterwards. After transcoding the viewer must be set to proxy. Before the final export, set the viewer back to optimized/original, else the export will be in proxy resolution.

Separately, it's a good idea to install Apple Pro Video Formats 2.0.5 which supports some newer professional codecs: https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1898?locale=en_US


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Lisa Defelice
Re: Beginner FCPX migrating from Adobe PP CS 5.5 Transcoding question?
on Mar 29, 2017 at 7:23:56 pm

Hi,
I had to ask the client who sent me the file. It is actually a Grass Valley AVI . The client sent me a " HQX White Paper" and said it should work on a MAC. so I installed the HQX codec from Grass Valley . The file will play in Premiere fine and will play in FCP, but you cannot scrub with the mouse over the clip. So I then tried the optimization/transcode, but it gave me green screen with audio.

"joe" I contacted divergent media they do not convert "AVI".

So guys any recommendations?
Thank You all
Lisa


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Joe Marler
Re: Beginner FCPX migrating from Adobe PP CS 5.5 Transcoding question?
on Mar 30, 2017 at 12:17:15 am

[Lisa Defelice] "It is actually a Grass Valley AVI . The client sent me a " HQX White Paper" "

I see another user reporting that as of FCPX 10.3.x, it seems HQX doesn't work properly: https://forums.creativecow.net/thread/344/46890

If you import into FCPX then export as ProRes 422, then re-import that, will it play in Quicktime player OK? If so try to import it in that format.

If nobody responds with specific experience on tested conversion paths from HQX to FCPX 10.3.x, this will be a trial-and-error situation. The question is what transcode utility and path will convert the HQX .AVI file to the highest quality format FCPX will accept and not yield any degradation or behavioral quirks.

You are correct EditReady will not work in that case. Supposedly ffmpeg will convert HQX to other formats but I've never tried this: https://ffmpeg.org/

I see mixed answers as whether Handbrake will handle the HQX codec. If it will that is a free solution: https://handbrake.fr/

If this is a one-time thing and you still have access to Premiere 5.5, another option would be importing it then exporting it to a format FCPX will accept. I think CS 5.5 can export in Quicktime, but I don't know what the constraints are on bit rate and resolution. If nothing else H264 at the highest possible bit rate would work but you normally don't want to use that as an intermediate codec.


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Lisa Defelice
Re: Beginner FCPX migrating from Adobe PP CS 5.5 Transcoding question?
on Mar 30, 2017 at 3:20:48 am

Joe , You are funny!
- I looked at the ffmpeg site! HA! I am a learning videographer and entertainment promoter - not a computer programmer, I did not even understand the web page. ☺
So I will use my adobe encoder and transcode to HDcam and then make sure I do not get that codec again.

Thank You so much for your suggestions.
Lisa


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