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James Bishop
Using streamclip to convert mpeg files
on May 7, 2010 at 12:18:46 pm

I have some mpeg files that I want to edit in final cut pro. Does anyone know the best way of converting these files in MPEG Streamclip (I have the mpeg-2 plug in)

Is converting to DVD the best option?

Thanks,
James


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Doug Beal
Re: Using streamclip to convert mpeg files
on May 7, 2010 at 3:21:22 pm

Export quicktime> pick your codec>save the result on your media drive

Doug Beal
Editor / Engineer
Rock Creative Images
Nashville TN


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Using streamclip to convert mpeg files
on May 7, 2010 at 3:32:53 pm

[James Bishop] "Is converting to DVD the best option? "

No, it's probably the worst.

Go through all the options, find ProRes 422, and use it. You don't want to lose any more image quality than was already lost on encoding to Mpeg2, and ProRes will do a good job of preserving it.

Oh, and don't forget to include the audio, too.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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James Bishop
Re: Using streamclip to convert mpeg files
on May 7, 2010 at 3:49:45 pm

Thanks for the info. Where can I find Apple ProRes422?

James


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Using streamclip to convert mpeg files
on May 7, 2010 at 5:10:24 pm

If you don't have FCP 6 at the very least, you don't have ProRes and you'll have to choose another codec. I'd avoid DV if at all possible and go with DV 50 at least.

This is why it's good to list the components of your system in your sig, as you see in many other posts. Then people don't have to guess.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Using streamclip to convert mpeg files
on May 7, 2010 at 5:17:43 pm

Um, you wanna read what I just wrote? You have to have FCP 6 at least to have ProRes. That's how you get it.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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James Bishop
Re: Using streamclip to convert mpeg files
on May 7, 2010 at 6:45:19 pm

oh right ok, im on FCP 5 unfortunately.

Will get some info in my sig then!

cheers for the help anyway. Will go for DV50


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