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Ravi Kanda
Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise?
on Aug 24, 2010 at 8:03:25 pm

Hi guys

What is the best way to convert a mov file to avoid major compression issues? I'd like either Mpeg or Avi.

FCP does not import mov files so how could I do this?


Thanks!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise?
on Aug 24, 2010 at 9:43:17 pm

I've read your questions about a half-dozen time, and I still can't figure out what you want.


[Ravi Kanda] "Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise? FCP does not import mov files..."

Well, of course it does. It works best with certain kinds of quicktime movies.




[Ravi Kanda] "What is the best way to convert a mov file to avoid major compression issues? I'd like either Mpeg or Avi."

You can't use Mpeg or avi in FCP. You use quicktime movies. The best codec for general use is ProRes 422..

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


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Ravi Kanda
Re: Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise?
on Aug 25, 2010 at 1:14:16 pm

The mov file displays as Unrendered and does not play. Again, I'm posting this message on behalf of somebody else.

Is it as simple as rendering the whole mov file if it displays 'unrendered'?


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Bret Williams
Re: Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise?
on Aug 24, 2010 at 9:44:27 pm

FCP only supports mov (Quicktime) files. And only mov files that are of certain codecs designed for editing. Not mpeg, or h.264 for example.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise?
on Aug 24, 2010 at 10:20:29 pm

Please tell us the nature of the files. Let me guess, 5D? 7D? T2i?


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Zane Barker
Re: Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise?
on Aug 24, 2010 at 10:13:24 pm

Look at the list of easy setups. you want to convert your footage to match one of those.

**Hindsight is always 1080p**


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Ravi Kanda
Re: Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise?
on Aug 25, 2010 at 1:15:53 pm

The mov file displays as Unrendered and does not play. Again, I'm posting this message on behalf of somebody else.

Is it as simple as rendering the whole mov file if it displays 'unrendered'?


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise?
on Aug 25, 2010 at 2:03:46 pm

You have to tell us where the files originate from.


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Ravi Kanda
Re: Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise?
on Aug 25, 2010 at 2:21:02 pm

It's a video we got made by an editor. All I want to do is change the audio and add a logo towards the end.

Is that what you mean?


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise?
on Aug 25, 2010 at 2:51:35 pm

[Ravi Kanda] "Is that what you mean?"

It's closer. Do us a favor and open the movie in Quicktime, then hit command-i to being up the info.

What does it say for format?

Jeremy


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Ravi Kanda
Re: Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise?
on Aug 25, 2010 at 9:59:03 pm

It says:

Format: Apple Animation, 720 X 486 (648 X 486), Millions
16-Bit Integer (Big Endian, Mono, 44,100 KHz

FPS: 29.97

Data Size: 5.92 Gb

Everything ok there?


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise?
on Aug 25, 2010 at 10:08:40 pm

Yes, this helps tremendously. Animation is not a codec that FCP can handle in real time. You have a couple of choices.

You can transcode that movie to something more FCP RT friendly (like ProRes) and then bring that transcoded file in to a ProRes timeline and you won't have to render.

or

simply add your current file to a ProRes timeline with matching frame size and frame rate, and add your new end tag. This will still have to render.

Jeremy


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Ravi Kanda
Re: Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise?
on Aug 25, 2010 at 11:29:12 pm

Thanks Jeremy!

So is ProRes a codec I can buy for FCP?

Does it work within FCP?

All I'm asking I guess is the exact procedure to render the animation. Sorry, I'm just getting this information for somebody else.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise?
on Aug 26, 2010 at 12:01:56 am

ProRes in native to FCP 6 and 7. Are you using FCP?


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Shane Ross
Re: Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise?
on Aug 26, 2010 at 10:40:46 am

Stop the "asking for someone else" and have THEM read this topic and respond. You need to put someone on who understands FCP and codecs, and what FCP can do. Preferrably the EDITOR.

ProRes comes with FCP...it is a codec that it uses. FCP 6 has ProRes 422, and then FCP 7 has ProRes Proxy, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ, and ProRes 4444. Which one to use? ProRes 422.

But again, either just relay the information posted, or get the person you are asking for on the internet and looking at this post. It's tough having a middleman when the middleman doesn't have a basic grasp of the editing system.

Shane



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Ravi Kanda
Re: Convert Mov file to something FCP can recognise?
on Aug 26, 2010 at 11:14:08 am

You're absolutely right Shane.

Before the editor says its 'impossible', I'd like to be briefed on what is needed, and how the edit is possible.

Thank you to all who responded to my thread. All the info was much appreciated.


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