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guy crossman
Importing mpeg 4 into FCP
on Jun 20, 2010 at 8:58:27 am

I need to import mpeg4 files shot on a GoPro helmet camera into FCP 6.
What's my best bet?
Thanks


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Tom Wolsky
Re: Importing mpeg 4 into FCP
on Jun 20, 2010 at 9:38:05 am

Is it HD material? Use MPEG Streamclip to convert it to ProRes.


All the best,

Tom

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Thomas Morter-Laing
Re: Importing mpeg 4 into FCP
on Jun 20, 2010 at 10:57:15 pm

Just to jump in here, but is there a "batch" way of doing this? Because I have gigs of mp4 hd material I just started working with and I don't have the money to buy the software from calibratedx :s also don't you lose quality when transcoding in mpeg streamclip?

:D
Tom Morter-Laing
Certified Apple Product Proffessional, 2010
Production Assistant, Grace Productions
Degree; TV Production



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Tom Wolsky
Re: Importing mpeg 4 into FCP
on Jun 20, 2010 at 11:07:24 pm

Streamclip has a batch function.


All the best,

Tom

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Thomas Morter-Laing
Re: Importing mpeg 4 into FCP
on Jun 21, 2010 at 7:17:18 am

Ok thanks forth batch function info, but if you have loads of
Mp4 footage in folders this is not ideal, also mpeg streamclip transcoding loses quality which is not ideal, especially when you wait hours for it to all work at set quality- I was asking about a native plugin or some clever workaround allowing one to import mp4 files straight into final cut:s

:D
Tom Morter-Laing
Certified Apple Product Proffessional, 2010
Production Assistant, Grace Productions
Degree; TV Production



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Alex Elkins
Re: Importing mpeg 4 into FCP
on Jun 21, 2010 at 10:41:06 am

Hi Thomas,

If you transcode to Apple ProRes 422 you will not reduce the quality at all.
Regarding the MP4 files being held in individual folders, try using Spotlight on the master folder and searching for .MP4 then arrange the results by type. That way you can drag just the MP4 files in MPEG Streamclip.

By the way, what were these files recorded with? If these are from an EX camera then you will either need Calibrated to play the MP4 files, or you can batch convert using either Sony XDCAM Transfer or Sony Log & Transfer plugin, both free downloads. Neither of these degrade the image either, they simply re-wrap the files as .MOV and maintain the XDCAM EX codec. This is quicker than converting to ProRes.

All the best,
Alex

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Brad Elliott
Re: Importing mpeg 4 into FCP
on Jun 21, 2010 at 4:04:38 pm

Is there any reason you don't use Compressor's H264 preset that just copies size, fps, etc?



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guy crossman
Re: Importing mpeg 4 into FCP
on Jun 23, 2010 at 6:40:02 am

Thanks Tom,

Its not HD material, but when I used Streamclip, the resulting sequence was very jerky when I brought it into FCP

Best


Guy


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Tom Wolsky
Re: Importing mpeg 4 into FCP
on Jun 23, 2010 at 10:07:11 am

Then convert to QuickTime using DV50, or ProRes LT, or some other codec. Without knowing the exact specifications of the original media everyone's guessing. Just stay away from H.264 or any other non-I-frame codec.


All the best,

Tom

Class on Demand DVDs "Complete Training for FCP7," "Basic Training for FCS" and "Final Cut Express Made Easy"
Author: "Final Cut Pro 5 Editing Essentials" and "Final Cut Express 4 Editing Workshop"


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