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Lea Nagano
Clip settings and Sequence settings match but still red line.
on Feb 28, 2011 at 2:54:34 pm

I recently captured some clips with the Canon 550d (Rebel T2i) in H.264, 1920x1080, 29.97fps in NTSC Mode (camera had ntsc settings). Now I wanted to edit things in FinalCutPro.

As I know that H.264 is not good to edit with I used MPEG Streamclip to convert the H.264 in something useful. So I chose

Quicktime,
Apple DVCPRO50 NTSC for example (I also tried Apple DV/DVCPRO NTSC, also other PAL formats as well), sized down to HDTV 720p,
kept 29.97
deselected the interlaced scaling
and converted.

All went well. I could also import it into FCP.
But when I matched the sequence settings to the settings of the clip the red line was still there. I just can't get rid of it.
the only thing in the sequence settings which differs is the audio bitrate (32 instead of 16) but I don't think that's the point here.
field dominance differs: sequence setting "none", clip setting "unknown", but I tried out different settings but nothing worked.

does anyone know a solution to this problem?

if some information is missing to solve this problem I am sorry, I will post it then.
thank you for reading.


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Michael Kammes
Re: Clip settings and Sequence settings match but still red line.
on Feb 28, 2011 at 3:03:13 pm

Start a new project.

Import the files.

Drop the file onto your timeline. If you have Auto Conform enabled, the sequence should adjust to match your clip. This is the easiest way to match the two.

The Red line in your timeline. Is it the upper bar or lower bar? When you play the timeline, do you hear a beeping? Beeping is audio setting mismatch / unrendered issue.

Your settings are odd. I am curious why you convert your HD H.264 to an SD codec (NTSC DV is Standard Def, so is DVCPro50). Why also convert to 720?

Convert to ProRes 422 and edit away, IMHO.



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Lea Nagano
Re: Clip settings and Sequence settings match but still red line.
on Mar 1, 2011 at 1:04:19 am

thank you for the reply.

could it be possible that Final Cut Pro HD does not have the auto-conform settings?

the red line is the upper bar. I don't hear any beeping. I can hear the sound I recorded with the scene.

Your settings are odd. I am curious why you convert your HD H.264 to an SD codec (NTSC DV is Standard Def, so is DVCPro50). Why also convert to 720?

Convert to ProRes 422 and edit away, IMHO.


I converted to 720 because I wanted to have a smaller HD format. I didn't want to overload my computer. But I had the settings on HDTV 720p when converting. So I thought it would be no problem when choosing i.e. NTSC DV codec...

unfortunately with my MPEG Streamclip program I cannot convert to ProRes 422, that's because I looked for something else.

Is there any conversion you can recommend me besides ProRes422? (As I know ProRes is also very big, so I don't know whether my computer will cope with it.


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Bret Williams
Re: Clip settings and Sequence settings match but still red line.
on Feb 28, 2011 at 4:36:45 pm

DVCPro50 is not an HD codec. I believe it is specific to 720x480 only. So you've created a little mutant format there. You need to convert to something listed in the Easy Setups. That's what FCP will play without rendering. Pro Res would be the obvious choice.


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Paul Jay
Re: Clip settings and Sequence settings match but still red line.
on Feb 28, 2011 at 5:26:57 pm

The Attack of the Mutant Codecs.


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Lea Nagano
Re: Clip settings and Sequence settings match but still red line.
on Mar 1, 2011 at 2:41:54 am

DVCPro50 is not an HD codec. I believe it is specific to 720x480 only. So you've created a little mutant format there. You need to convert to something listed in the Easy Setups. That's what FCP will play without rendering. Pro Res would be the obvious choice.

Maybe that's the reason... I am not too familiar with all theses codec matters.
a mutant codec?!
If I import the h.264 clip into the batch list of Streamclip I cannot choose any ProRes.
Isn't it possible to convert a HD 1080 into DVPRO NTSC, 720 HDTV format?


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Lea Nagano
Re: Clip settings and Sequence settings match but still red line.
on Mar 1, 2011 at 3:45:36 pm

So after getting the feedback from the people here (thank you so much!!) I got aware of not having ProRes in any setting of my MpegStreamclip or FinalCut Pro. I also read in one thread that Apple Intermediate Codec should do it, but not success.
I really don't know in what to convert the compressed h.264 to be able to edit in my final cut pro HD.

any suggestions?


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