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Jeffrey Stevens
Mixing 180i Video with Standard Defintion Video in FCP 6
on Jun 14, 2011 at 2:57:37 pm

Checking to see if it's possible to mix video shot in 1080i with Standard Definition video in FCP 6. Would this work and allow me to have video look alright? If not, what changes would I need to do in order to make the work. Please advise. Thank you.


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John Pale
Re: Mixing 180i Video with Standard Defintion Video in FCP 6
on Jun 14, 2011 at 5:10:57 pm

Not usually a problem, but you may have to do a lot of rendering in the timeline, depending on your system.
Most will give you the green line (which means it will play at reduced quality until render). If your system is marginal, you might not be able to get any playback without render.

You could convert it all to your SD codec in Compressor first, but it may not be necessary. You should test it out. If after doing a render, you are unhappy with FCP's downscaling, you may want to use Compressor with the Frame Controls on, set at Better or Best for the resize.


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Michael Lynch
Re: Mixing 180i Video with Standard Defintion Video in FCP 6
on Jun 14, 2011 at 5:22:16 pm

I just completed a project like this. Playback was jerky and export produced out of synch video and audio. Ended up converting the 1080 footage to standard DV for editing. Worked fine.

MacPro 3.0GHz 8 Core - 12GB RAM
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