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Ellen Goldwasser
correct settings for quicktime imports to FCP
on Apr 8, 2010 at 2:34:15 am



I'm extracting quicktime movie clips
from CINEMATIZE from dvds


When importing them into FCP, they
edit into a sequence unrendered.
When I cut them into the sequence,
I chose the sequence to match the
clip settings, yet they still come in
unrendered.

I've tried different settings when
extracting the DVD... h.264, etc.

Is there is a certain
setting that I can export the quicktime
from a DVD that will not have this problem when
cut into a sequence in FCP?

Thanks!



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David Roth Weiss
Re: correct settings for quicktime imports to FCP
on Apr 8, 2010 at 3:45:34 am

The trick is to use MPEG Streamclip (free all over the Web), which is what every professional on this forum uses to do the same job.

Use the Export to Quicktime function, and from Options you can choose whatever QT codec you want, or whatever QT codec you're already editing.

Bingo, there you have it. Now go and be creative...

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Colin McQuillan
Re: correct settings for quicktime imports to FCP
on Apr 8, 2010 at 4:37:02 am

The big trick is to use settings that match your FCP sequence settings.

Pick your codec/format flavour in fcp, then use mpeg streamclip to export a QT movie using the same settings and codec.


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Ellen Goldwasser
Re: correct settings for quicktime imports to FCP
on Apr 8, 2010 at 5:15:41 am

Thank you,

I did use MPEG streamclip and it worked
using Apple ProRes 422 when I cut into
a sequence with no render needed.

However, when I tried it with DV/DVCPRO-NTSC,
The sequence needed rendering.

Since I'm pulling clips from a DVD, what compression
rate would you recommend? I figured Apple Pro Res 422
wouldn't be necessary since the DVD has already
compressed. I'm not very well informed with
compression settings, but I assumed 422 wasn't
really needed. The output will just be for another
DVD or small internet link to view the quicktime.

My main concern is to not have to render each time
a clip is edited into the timeline. I did respond to
change sequence settings to match clip settings for
the DV/DVCPRO-NTSC, but the clip in the timeline
still needed to be rendered.

Thank you!


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David Roth Weiss
Re: correct settings for quicktime imports to FCP
on Apr 8, 2010 at 4:56:41 pm

[Ellen Goldwasser] "I figured Apple Pro Res 422
wouldn't be necessary since the DVD has already
compressed. I assumed 422 wasn't
really needed. The output will just be for another
DVD or small internet link to view the quicktime. "


If there are text and graphics involved then Pro Res will be better, because another round of DV compression on the timeline will eat away at those big time.

[Ellen Goldwasser] "I did use MPEG streamclip and it worked
using Apple ProRes 422 when I cut into a sequence with no render needed.

However, when I tried it with DV/DVCPRO-NTSC, The sequence needed rendering. "


That's unusual for sure. Something is not right as there is no reason it should not work just as expected.

[Ellen Goldwasser] "I did respond to
change sequence settings to match clip settings for
the DV/DVCPRO-NTSC, but the clip in the timeline
still needed to be rendered. "


I'd check to see if the audio somehow came in at 44.1khz and maybe you'll have to rip the DVD again making certain that Streamclip converts the audio to 48khz. Check the clips you made in the FCP browser to see what their specs are, but I would imagine that If you make a picture only edit to a new sequence and have FCP change the settings to match the clip, you will find that no rendering is necessary.







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David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles

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A forum host of Creative COW's Apple Final Cut Pro, Business & Marketing, Indie Film & Documentary, and Film History & Appreciations forums.


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