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Johnny Smith
h.264 to ProRes into FCP via Compressor nightmare
on Jan 28, 2011 at 1:06:19 am

So i got 274 5D mark ii files (264) that i need to convert to ProRes 422 for FCP and After Effects.
in Compressor i click on add file icon and select 10 files (tried 100 files and it crashed) but once i drop a generic ProRes on them it dies a slow and I assume painful death.

Please, tell me I don't have to convert 274 files one at a time??

I got 2x3.2GHz Mac Pro with 3TB array, 16GB memory, os x 10.6.6, and CS5.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: h.264 to ProRes into FCP via Compressor nightmare
on Jan 28, 2011 at 1:35:35 am

You need to make and use a "droplet" in Compressor. Rather than spelling the whole process out, may I suggest that you look in the Compressor manual or in the online manual in the help menu.

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Olin Padilla
Re: h.264 to ProRes into FCP via Compressor nightmare
on Jan 28, 2011 at 1:46:20 am

I personally find that compressor has a lot of issues with larger batches.

In this type of situation I would use MPEG Streamclip (free), if only for the simplicity and reliability.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: h.264 to ProRes into FCP via Compressor nightmare
on Jan 28, 2011 at 1:47:53 am

Batches of 30 or so should work.

Setup 9 batches of 30 and submit then one at a time.

You don't have to let them finish before submitting the next one.


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Peter McAuley
Re: h.264 to ProRes into FCP via Compressor nightmare
on Jan 28, 2011 at 3:36:46 am

Just the other day I used FCP log and transfer (EOS 5D plugin) on 173 5D clips without a hitch. It also added time of day timecode and reel numbers from the CF card numbers. I believe FCP is using compressor anyway.
Peter McAuley
AXYZ
Toronto


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Johnny Smith
Re: h.264 to ProRes into FCP via Compressor nightmare
on Jan 28, 2011 at 4:43:27 am

thank you thank you.


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Paul Jay
Re: h.264 to ProRes into FCP via Compressor nightmare
on Jan 28, 2011 at 9:23:47 am

And if you use compressor and you have a 8-core or more machine, you can also create a Compressor Cluster in system preferences/qmaster.

This way you can use all your cores with Compressor jobs.


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