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ben smallzman
Final Cut Pro dropped frames
on Mar 31, 2011 at 1:11:51 pm

Well this will be my fifth question asked regarding dropped frames so i'll restate everything.

I have a Nikon S8100 which does not get recognized by FCP's log and tranfer window. so, i simply dragged the .MOV clips into the timeline from iPhoto. This gave me a lot of dropped frames and made the video choppy when i exported it.

That wasnt acceptable, so then i converted the clips to prores 422 via Compressor. After that, i dragged the clips into the timeline, and i still got dropped frames, but much less than before. And i realized that when i exported the video to quicktime, it wasnt choppy at all, and looked fine.

So does anyone know how to stop getting dropped frames, or will my exported videos be fine even though the dropped frames message pops up?


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Michael Kammes
Re: Final Cut Pro dropped frames
on Mar 31, 2011 at 1:33:24 pm

Hi Again, Ben-

So, you've made sure the clips match the timeline sequence, correct?

The Timeline bar is grey or blue, right? Nor Orange...or Red?

What flavor of ProRes...? ProRes 422? 422 HQ?

What drives are you playing off of, and how are they connected to the machine?

How many tracks do you ave playing at once? Do you have any filters or effects on the tracks?

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ben smallzman
Re: Final Cut Pro dropped frames
on Mar 31, 2011 at 6:47:50 pm

Yeah, the timeline bar is grey, i've tried prores 422, prores 422 HQ, 422 interlaced, 422 progressive, all of them basically. im just playing off the regular computer hardrive (if that makes sense-im not sure) and i have one track playing at once. if i add an effect to the track, i render it out, and then i get the dropped frames during playback message.


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Paul Jay
Re: Final Cut Pro dropped frames
on Mar 31, 2011 at 4:53:05 pm

ProRes 422 HD is around 20 MegaByte /s.

You are playing from your system drive?

Get a dedicated harddrive for your ProRes files


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ben smallzman
Re: Final Cut Pro dropped frames
on Mar 31, 2011 at 6:49:19 pm

i dont really know what u mean, but if ur suggesting buying a new hardrive, then i cant do that.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Final Cut Pro dropped frames
on Mar 31, 2011 at 7:03:56 pm

[ben smallzman] "i dont really know what u mean, but if ur suggesting buying a new hardrive, then i cant do that.
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Then you may want to give up on editing Ben. Non-linear editing apps all typically require at least a second hard drive, many more for higher quality codecs such as uncompressed video.

You see, video editing requires throughput that typically exceeds the abilities of a busy system drive that's doing it's best to keep up with the demands of applications and the operating system.

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Paul Jay
Re: Final Cut Pro dropped frames
on Mar 31, 2011 at 7:24:48 pm

What kind of mac do you have?
If you have a 5400 rpm laptop drive then forget editing prores. Try apple intermediate codec.
But still. You need a dedicated sata or firewire drive for proper editing.


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