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Zack Delman
FCP refuses to import .mov file
on Feb 2, 2011 at 8:22:14 pm

i was given a bunch of .MOV files on a DVD for an interview i'm supposed to cut.

They play fine in quicktime, but when i try to import them into final cut, i get the "File Error: Unknown file" message. (i'm on FCP version 6.0.5 btw).

the video specs are:
Ambarella AVC encoder, 1280 x 720, Millions
AAC, Stereo, 48.000 kHz
59.94 fps

i have tried a whole mess of different video setting in FCP and nothing seems to work. i can convert the files to Quicktime using MPEG Streamclip, but that will take an eternity.

i'm hoping i just did something stupid that is easily correctible.

please help!


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Olin Padilla
Re: FCP refuses to import .mov file
on Feb 2, 2011 at 8:51:06 pm

Sorry to say it, but those videos are not in an editing codec and need to be transcoded. Even if you found some magic way to import them as is, it will cause problems all through your workflow.

On top of that, if they really are 60p, then they need to be conformed.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: FCP refuses to import .mov file
on Feb 4, 2011 at 2:15:34 pm

[Olin Padilla] "On top of that, if they really are 60p, then they need to be conformed"

720p is a 60 frame per second format. No reason to conform unless you want slow motion and are editing in a 24 or 30 fps timeline.


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Scott Sheriff
Re: FCP refuses to import .mov file
on Feb 2, 2011 at 9:35:37 pm

Page 315 of the FCP manual lists the file types that can be imported. This is not one of them, so you need to convert these to a FCP friendly format.

On the up-side, since this isn't your fault it is just more time you can bill for.

Scott Sheriff
Director
SST Digital Media
http://www.sstdigitalmedia.com


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Rafael Amador
Re: FCP refuses to import .mov file
on Feb 2, 2011 at 10:07:42 pm

[Zack Delman] "Ambarella AVC encoder, 1280 x 720, Millions
AAC, Stereo, 48.000 kHz"

Not supported by FC.
You need to transcode it.
Rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Steve Eisen
Re: FCP refuses to import .mov file
on Feb 2, 2011 at 10:12:44 pm

ProRes or ProRes LT if you have FCP 7 is what you need to convert to.
Use MPEG Streamclip

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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Zack Delman
Re: FCP refuses to import .mov file
on Feb 2, 2011 at 11:26:24 pm

thanks guys...

glad to know something wasn't my fault, for once!


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