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David Bark
Using MP4
on Jun 15, 2010 at 4:11:26 pm

A potential client has some video that has been shot on a camera that he says generates mp4 files. My understanding is that mp4 is not the format to edit in, so should I open those files with Compressor and create .mov files, then take those into FCP to do the editing?

David Bark
Lightshine Productions


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Using MP4
on Jun 15, 2010 at 4:19:27 pm

MPEG Streamclip (freeware) might be quicker and easier

There are a zillion posts here on The Cow about MP4 generated by Flip Cams and many others of that ilk. Essentially, transcoding to ProRes will be your best bet, especially if the files are HD.

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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Using MP4
on Jun 15, 2010 at 4:29:46 pm

What camera is it?


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David Bark
Re: Using MP4
on Jun 15, 2010 at 6:43:35 pm

Thanks David. So, either mp4 to .mov with Streamclip, or mp4 to ProRes with Compressor? Then I do my thing in FCP?

David Bark
Lightshine Productions


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Using MP4
on Jun 15, 2010 at 7:18:25 pm

All Quicktime files, including ProRes, are .mov files. So, whether you use Compressor MPEG Streamclip, ProRes is your best bet, especially as ProRes can be SD or HD.

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David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles

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