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Matt Nowosielski
Viewing Quicktime files
on Jan 12, 2010 at 4:08:29 pm

I am looking for a way for someone other than myself to view raw footage I shoot. I shoot primarily on a Sony PMW EX1 which records to a BPAV file. I then import into Final Cut as a .mov file using XDCam Transfer. None of my clients are able to watch these .mov files with Quicktime. I am wondering if they bought Quicktime Pro would that help? If not, I assume that if they are on a Mac, they could purchase Final Cut Express to view the files, but if they are on a PC, is there any other way for them to view the files. DVD's and compressing and uploading are too time consuming, and my clients do not want to pay to view the footage. Any thoughts?



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Shane Ross
Re: Viewing Quicktime files
on Jan 12, 2010 at 5:32:46 pm

Even if they had Macs, FCE would not allow them to see the files. Once converted to QT via FCP or the XDCAM app, they are only viewable on machines with that codec, and only machines with FCP installed have that codec. But, there are solutions. Not free I'm afraid.

#48 - Cannot view DVCPRO HD or HDV or ProRes on my computer.

Shane's Stock Answer #48 - Cannot view DVCPRO HD, HDV or ProRes QT files on your computer.

The DVCPRO HD, HDV and ProRes codecs only comes with FCP. If your computer does not have FCP installed, it cannot view these quicktime files. It doesn't matter if it is a Mac or PC, without FCP installed, you cannot view these files.

If you need to view ProRes material, you can download the ProRes decoder (mac and windows compatible) for ProRes

If your footage was captured as DVCRO HD you can buy the Calibrated DVCPRO HD decoder:

HDV, XDCAM? Calibrated has you covered too:

If you have MXF files from a P2 camera and you need to view the footage on a computer without FCP, you can download P2CMS from Panasonic:

Or you need the other party to compress the footage into a format your computer can play, like H.264.

You can also look into PROXYMILL by This software will make timecoded quicktime movies in the background while you offload your footage from the camera.


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Bret Williams
Re: Viewing Quicktime files
on Jan 12, 2010 at 7:57:44 pm

Perfect opportunity to point out that these are professional broadcast formats and that to view and edit them you utilize and purchased professional gear, software and codecs. If they want them in a consumer format of lesser quality for offline viewing you can of course perform that service. For a price of course.

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