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Brad Williams
DVC ProHD in Final Cut
on May 23, 2011 at 4:52:05 pm

I have a problem. Here are my specs. I have a Mac Pro 2.66 Quad Core Intel Xeon running 12 GB of ram memory. I have DVC Pro HD files from a FS-100. If I open them up to watch in Quicktime, they are great. When I import them into FCP, the playback is jerky and shows artifacting. I have it set on Unlimited RT with dynamic setting on frame rate and playback. Is this something wrong in FCP ? This artifacting issue is getting worse in any codec I use. I stored the original files on a G-Raid 2.0 TB external. really frustrating here. I need to put all of these 2.0 GB files into one for video playback for multi-site venues. Should I try Adobe Premiere Pro ?


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Shane Ross
Re: DVC ProHD in Final Cut
on May 23, 2011 at 4:55:53 pm

DVCPRO HD is one of the easier and slicker HD formats that FCP works with.

You recorded this with the Firestore..as QT files or as P2? How did you get the media into FCP?

What are your sequence settings? They should match the clip settings.

What version of FCP?

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Brad Williams
Re: DVC ProHD in Final Cut
on May 23, 2011 at 6:04:34 pm

Itnis QT files pulled into the timeline. The sequence settings match the clip settings. Using FCP 7


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David Roth Weiss
Re: DVC ProHD in Final Cut
on May 23, 2011 at 5:00:52 pm

The dynamic image quality setting in the RT panel will cause you footage to drop down to a fraction of its resolution during playback, so that's an issue. Also, set the size of your canvas to exactly 100%.

Now, the bigger question is why are you have any issues playing DVCProHD? It's a compressed codec that's very easy to play on most, even older, systems. So, how do you have that G-Raid drive connected?

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Brad Williams
Re: DVC ProHD in Final Cut
on May 23, 2011 at 6:06:04 pm

G-raid connected E-SATA


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John Pale
Re: DVC ProHD in Final Cut
on May 23, 2011 at 6:08:11 pm

Is it formatted for MacOSX extended or for PC (FAT32)?


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Brad Williams
Re: DVC ProHD in Final Cut
on May 23, 2011 at 6:20:36 pm

Mac OSX Extended.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: DVC ProHD in Final Cut
on May 23, 2011 at 6:19:32 pm

[Brad Williams] "G-raid connected E-SATA"

You should be able to play DVCProHD smoothly with ease. You should definitely run the AJA System Test Disk Read/Write test on that drive to see if it has issues. It should be getting somewhere around 65Mb/s or higher.

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Brad Williams
Re: DVC ProHD in Final Cut
on May 23, 2011 at 8:14:52 pm

The Read was 57mb, the write is still processing.


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Brad Williams
Re: DVC ProHD in Final Cut
on May 23, 2011 at 8:26:15 pm

write was 97.9


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Brad Williams
Re: DVC ProHD in Final Cut
on May 23, 2011 at 8:29:47 pm

On my lacie e-sata it was 109 read and 98.9 write. Wow, what a difference. Wonder what the issue with the G-Raid is?


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David Roth Weiss
Re: DVC ProHD in Final Cut
on May 23, 2011 at 8:36:04 pm

Both should still be good enough for DVCProHD. Is the G-Raid full or close to full?

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Brad Williams
Re: DVC ProHD in Final Cut
on May 23, 2011 at 9:10:49 pm

Both my G-Raid and Lacie are half full. Here is the crazy thing. If I pull one section of video to the G-Raid or Lacie, the playback artifacts, but straight out of the FS-100 when I open a Quicktime file, no artificating. really puzzling.


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John Pale
Re: DVC ProHD in Final Cut
on May 23, 2011 at 11:33:13 pm

So this happens with any drive connected via eSATA?

Can you try a different eSATA cable? If the problem persists...

Can you try Firewire or FW800?

If the problem goes away with Firewire, then your eSATA card (or its driver) is the problem.


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Brad Williams
Re: DVC ProHD in Final Cut
on May 23, 2011 at 11:39:23 pm

Yes, with all E-Sata drives. I will try FireWire in the morning to see if it changes.


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Brad Williams
Re: DVC ProHD in Final Cut
on May 29, 2011 at 8:20:57 pm

Update on this. With rendered video to my Mac Pro, the QuickTime playback is fantastic with no issues. When it mistaken to another video venue campus, they are saying it looks like it is skipping frames at times. They said they a half-second issue, not stopping but jerky or hesitant in playback. The video is played out of a 3.06 iMac running DVI out to a DVI extender. Cat 5 . Could it be a video card issue on this?


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