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Al Hotchkiss
Just a quick simple question
on Jun 16, 2011 at 6:41:11 pm

Just installed FCP 7 on my new Mac Pro with no fancy video card, like an AJA etc. Up till now, I've always used FCP with such a card and worked mainly in uncompressed 8 bit and had lots realtime editing capability. But now life's simpler and I just need to find a good apple codec that will allow me to edit non-HD material with as little rendering as possible. For my first project, I just want to do a simple 640 X 480 video. Any advice on the best FCP out-of-the-box setups, codecs, etc.? thanks in advance.


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Shane Ross
Re: Just a quick simple question
on Jun 16, 2011 at 7:05:15 pm

[Al Hotchkiss] "For my first project, I just want to do a simple 640 X 480 video. Any advice on the best FCP out-of-the-box setups, codecs, etc.?"

Where is your source coming from? The footage you are editing is...what?

FCP is designed to work with broadcast video formats. 640x480 isn't. 720x480 is...DV/NTSC and DV50 use that frame size. If you want simple SD editing, using a DV sequence is the way to go.

But this all depends on your source footage.

Shane

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Al Hotchkiss
Re: Just a quick simple question
on Jun 16, 2011 at 7:14:00 pm

Hold the laughter Shane, it's actually coming from a recorded web cam and it is 640/480 on top of being WMV. This is what's got me tripped up. I figure I should just convert the files in compressor to whatever Quicktime I desire to edit with. Hows that sound?


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Shane Ross
Re: Just a quick simple question
on Jun 16, 2011 at 7:19:55 pm

[Al Hotchkiss] " figure I should just convert the files in compressor to whatever Quicktime I desire to edit with. Hows that sound?"

Good. Convert to DV/NTSC. But if it records WMV, then you might need to get Flip4Mac to help deal with the conversion.

Shane

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Al Hotchkiss
Re: Just a quick simple question
on Jun 16, 2011 at 7:34:35 pm

Yes Im running a trial of Flip4Mac now. I'll take your advice and toss the files in compressor and target DV/NTSC. Man I feel so dirty working in such a crappy forgotten format coming from the HD world!


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Rob Grauert
Re: Just a quick simple question
on Jun 16, 2011 at 7:07:57 pm

[Al Hotchkiss] "I just want to do a simple 640 X 480 video."

What you should do is edit with Timeline settings that match your footage. That will minimize rendering. THEN export a video to 640X480. Do not set up your sequence as 640X480.

When you're done editing, you can change your Timeline Compressor to a better codec to mastering.

ProRes and DVCProHD are good formats if you're working with HD material.

ProRes and DVCPro 50 are good formats if you're working with SD material.

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