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App for editing mpeg2 files?
on Sep 15, 2006 at 12:10:56 am

I have recently acquired Final Cut but have found it can't import both audio and video for mpeg2 format files.
In my job I am required to attach graphics to an existing mpeg2 file and sometimes cut down the file. Then export out as mpeg2 for our broadcast playout system.

I really can't afford the extra time in coverting mpg to mov FOR Final Cut then export to Compressor and on and on...

Anyone know of MAc freeware/shareware that will do the job within one program? I know Adobe Premiere Pro does a great job on a PC.

::: Time flies like an arrow but fruit flies like a banana :::

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Warren Heaton
Re: App for editing mpeg2 files?
on Sep 17, 2006 at 6:23:32 am

Heya Gribb,

Do you have the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component installed?

Although, before you rush out and buy it, I believe it installs with DVD Studio Pro. So, if you have DVD Studio Pro you might double-check if I'm remembering this correclty.

With this component, you'll be able to import your MPEG2 files into FCP like other media.

Here's some more info from the source (Apple):

The QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component provides QuickTime users with the ability to import and play back MPEG-2 content, including both multiplexed (also known as muxed, where the audio and video tracks are interleaved together into one track) and non-multiplexed (also known as elementary) streams. It is perfectly suited for professional and semi-professional content creators with projects such as:

* Professional content production -- Throughout the professional content production process, many approvals and progress checks are necessary. With QuickTime and the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component, your clients and reviewers can view your MPEG-2 streams on either a Mac or Windows-based PC, and provide feedback.

* Transcoding video content -- Now your MPEG-2 video content can be imported into QuickTime Pro and exported to other formats such as MPEG-4, the new international standard for Internet media, QuickTime Movie, or DV Stream, to name a few. The QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component allows the transcode of MPEG-2 video from both multiplexed and elementary video streams. By transcoding your MPEG-2 video into other formats, it can be used in new forums, such as on the web, on CD-ROM, or on DV tape. Note that the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component will not demux audio and video, nor will it enable audio transcoding.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: App for editing mpeg2 files?
on Sep 18, 2006 at 6:01:52 am

Streamclip (freeware) is what almost everyone uses to convert MPEG2s with audio to DV or any other format for editing in FCP. It is very fast and produces good quality.


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