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Brian Bileski
Understanding HD Final Cut Pro 6
on Jan 16, 2011 at 5:00:05 am

Hey People,

Simple question - I am shooting with a Panasonic P2 HD HPX170P. I am shooting in 1080i60. Footage looks good, nice colors etc. When I import to FCP looks good but my timeline settings are 1280x1080 and no option for 1920x1080. Should there be an option for 1920x1080? When I export I use Apple Prores HQ 422 1920x1080 HQ option and it looks good. I am just very confused about why I don't have a timeline option of 1920x1080. SHould I have reason to be concerned?

Thanks,

Brian


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Ron Pestes
Re: Understanding HD Final Cut Pro 6
on Jan 16, 2011 at 5:06:36 am

You should be able to solve the problem by creating a new sequence and then just dropping a clip onto it. You will get a message asking you if you want the sequence to match the clip. Choose yes and it will change it for you.

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Shane Ross
Re: Understanding HD Final Cut Pro 6
on Jan 16, 2011 at 5:39:46 am

[Brian Bileski] "When I import to FCP looks good but my timeline settings are 1280x1080 and no option for 1920x1080. "

DVCPRO HD is an anamorphic format. Most HD formats are. Meaning they are squeezed horizontally. This is how they keep the data rate low. Typical 1080 is anamorphic 1440x1080. But DVCPRO HD 1080 is even more so...it is 1280x1080. But FCP will make a sequence that matches, and unsqueeze the image to make it full screen.

[Brian Bileski] ". I am just very confused about why I don't have a timeline option of 1920x1080."

Yes...you are. ProRes is full raster, meaning not squeezed. DVCPRO HD is squeezed.

[Brian Bileski] "SHould I have reason to be concerned?"

Nope. Everytihngs fine. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Shane

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