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Hypatia Porter
Converting H.264 to ProRes in FCP after logging...
on May 31, 2011 at 3:40:13 am

Hello there! I see that this is a common issue and have read through many threads on the topic - so many though, that I've gotten confused. If someone could help me with my particular situation, I would really appreciate it.

I am working on FCP 6, and just spent 3 days logging footage originally shot on a Canon 7D (and 5D) and given to me on an external drive. I did not realize that I hadn't gone through the proper steps to import it (found some helpful tutorials for next time), and it is all in H.264. I want to convert my project without losing any of my logging information.

In my research, forum experts are saying to use Compressor - which I've never used before, and I'm on a deadline - so I'm frantically trying to learn how to do this as fast as humanly possible. On Memorial Day.

If anyone can help me out with some simple guidance, a link to a tutorial - or even just assurance that I am doing the right thing, that would be awesome.

Thank you!


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Shane Ross
Re: Converting H.264 to ProRes in FCP after logging...
on May 31, 2011 at 4:14:27 am

Use the Media Manager inside FCP...use the RECOMPRESS option. That will retain all the information already applied to the clips.

Shane

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Hypatia Porter
Re: Converting H.264 to ProRes in FCP after logging...
on May 31, 2011 at 4:33:29 am

Thank you so much for your reply! I was just in the middle of reading your 'Stock Answers' tutorial when I got this message.

A Media Manager question, if you don't mind?

If I want the files that are in my project to magically be replaced with Pro Res files, would these be the settings I use?

Recompress (Apple ProRes)
Delete unused media: unchecked
Base media file names on: existing file names
Duplicate selected items and place in new project: unchecked
Media Destination: None

Thanks! -Hypatia


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Shane Ross
Re: Converting H.264 to ProRes in FCP after logging...
on May 31, 2011 at 6:44:46 am

That seems right....those settings.

Shane

GETTING ORGANIZED WITH FINAL CUT PRO DVD...don't miss it.
Read my blog, Little Frog in High Def


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Harry Bromley-Davenport
Re: Converting H.264 to ProRes in FCP after logging...
on May 31, 2011 at 6:04:11 am

Wow, Shane!

That's a cool trick - I didn't know that. Thanks.

I'm now going to put you in my will.

Best

Harry.


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keith greenfield
Re: Converting H.264 to ProRes in FCP after logging...
on May 31, 2011 at 9:52:13 am

Oh ha ha ha...sweet, I have been using FCP since v1, never thought of using Media Managers re-compress option. Brilliant, must RTFM sometime.

5 sec rant to follow...
But then up until recently I was using I frame video! native, real video, not this long GOP stuff I have been tricked into accepting. XDCAM/h264 et al ! When I first saw h264 at NAB years ago never thought it would ever end up as a edit codec. But then again, it hasn't really has it? we all end up re purposing it into something else, just like we did with raw video.


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