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Kurt Larson
Different Frame Rates, Same Sequence?
on May 17, 2011 at 4:02:14 am

Alright so I've decided to give final cut a shot. I've used Premiere and Vegas for as long as I've been editing.

Heres the situation. I have two sets of footages from two different cameras.

Camera 1: 5D Mark II shot at 1920x1080 30p
Camera 2: T2i shot at 1920x1080 24p

I want the final render in 24p. Now in Premiere it's as simple as right clicking the 5d files and choosing conform and setting it to 24 fps.

From what I've read about Final Cut, I have to use compressor to convert all 300 clips of the 5D. 2 day wait time on a Macbook Pro...

Whats the best way to go about this?


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Everest Mokaeff
Re: Different Frame Rates, Same Sequence?
on May 17, 2011 at 12:48:21 pm

You can mix different frame-rates on timeline though be advised not to. I'd prefer, have I had this luxury, to convert all files to one frame-rate (and resolution) to work with. If in hurry, I just drop all clips on timeline and go along with it. In this case I am ready for mild artifacts down the road due to bad frame-rate conversion.

Free-lance fcp editor in Moscow
http://www.mokaeff.com


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Different Frame Rates, Same Sequence?
on May 17, 2011 at 7:49:01 pm

[Kurt Larson] "Camera 1: 5D Mark II shot at 1920x1080 30p
Camera 2: T2i shot at 1920x1080 24p

I want the final render in 24p. "


You could use Cinema Tools to conform COPIES of the 30p footage to 24, like you do in Premiere. If there's any crucial audio in the clips, I wouldn't recommend it.

It's a hard lesson in making sure frame rates match as you shoot.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Kurt Larson
Re: Different Frame Rates, Same Sequence?
on May 17, 2011 at 8:10:44 pm

Hey Dave thanks for the response. Yeah unfortunately the 5d i was using didn't have the firmware update, so I had to use 30p as it was he only option.


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Dennis Radeke
Re: Different Frame Rates, Same Sequence?
on May 18, 2011 at 10:06:56 am

[Kurt Larson] "Whats the best way to go about this?"

Use Premiere Pro (of course I am an Adobe guy!) ;-)

Seriously, with FCP the solutions outlined are your best approach. Another way you could consider is by leveraging Adobe Media Encoder (analogous to Compressor) and convert it with that. It will be 64-bit (assuming CS5) and should work faster than Compressor.

You'll also want to convert them to ProRes as FCP generally doesn't love H.264.


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