I used FCP 7's Log and Transfer tool to ingest my Sony XDCAM EX footage which created .mov files. As I go from one computer with FCP to another in our office I can open these files with no issues, however, when I go to a computer without FCP, QuickTime cannot recognize the files. Any ideas why this is happening, and/or what I can do about it. Should I use Sony's Transfer plug-in instead of FCP's Log and Transfer in the future? Any help is greatly appreciated!
8-Core 3.0 Intel Mac Pro, Dual 2 gig G5, AJA Kona SD, AJA Kona 2, Huge Systems Array UL3D, AJA Io HD, 17" MBP, Matrox MXO2 with MAX - Cinema Displays I have a 22" that I paid 4k for still working. G4 with Kona SD card, and SCSI card.
[Elisa Sweet]"when I go to a computer without FCP, QuickTime cannot recognize the files. "
Log and Transfer rewraps the SxS card contents into Quicktime movies using the native XDCAM EX codec. This codec is not available on computers that do not have FCP installed, nor is it freely available.
Log and Transfer does not have the ability to create ProRes files from XDCAM EX source material on ingest. It can only create Quicktime movies with the XDCAM EX codec.
If you want to create Quicktime movie files that may be viewed on other computers that do not have FCP installed, you will need to transcode your XDCAM EX Quicktime movies to another codec. You can do this using Compressor or MPEG Streamclip.
If the files are only for review and will not be edited on other systems, you could transcode to h.264 for smaller file sizes. If you need full-resolution full-quality files, then you could transcode to ProRes Quicktime files. ProRes 422 or ProRes 422 (LT) would be sufficient. ProRes 422 (HQ) is unnecessary, and will only create larger files with no visual benefit. ProRes files may be played back on any computer with Quicktime Player installed.