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Jenny Mettee
AVI File Conversion 853x480 and 640x480 for Native FCP7 editing
on Sep 20, 2011 at 11:24:34 pm

I"m using FCS7 I have the whole FCS Suite. I was given a bunch of AVI's, some in 853x480 and some in 640x480. They were imported from DV tapes into Premiere... These are going to the web so I guess that's why.

How do I make them all something I can work with in FCP7 natively without having to render and change aspect ratios?

Thanks


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Eric Strand
Re: AVI File Conversion 853x480 and 640x480 for Native FCP7 editing
on Sep 21, 2011 at 1:05:07 am

Drop them into compressor and transcode them to ProRes 422. The ProRes 422 will keep frame size and thus aspect ratio.


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Jenny Mettee
Re: AVI File Conversion 853x480 and 640x480 for Native FCP7 editing
on Sep 21, 2011 at 1:19:56 am

I need all the clips to be one frame size, right now there are two: 853x480 and 640x 480.

What additional settings do I need use in compressor to make everything one size without making the one set of clips look squished?


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Jenny Mettee
Re: AVI File Conversion 853x480 and 640x480 for Native FCP7 editing
on Sep 21, 2011 at 2:52:23 am

Or am I forced to chop off the left and right of the full wide shot?


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Jenny Mettee
Re: AVI File Conversion 853x480 and 640x480 for Native FCP7 editing
on Sep 21, 2011 at 2:55:56 am

I am combining the two sets of clips into one sequence. No idea why they were injested into premiere this way, because both cameras are the same as well.


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Jenny Mettee
Re: AVI File Conversion 853x480 and 640x480 for Native FCP7 editing
on Sep 21, 2011 at 5:23:14 pm

Some more information, all the files from both cameras came from Panasonic DVX100B's filmed on DV Tapes in 24p 720 Squeeze mode.

Would there be any codec that Premiere CS4 on a PC may have added to the AVI's to make them appear strange in Quicktime and FCP? I.E. some files show as 853x480, others 640x480?

Thanks


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Matt Campbell
Re: AVI File Conversion 853x480 and 640x480 for Native FCP7 editing
on Sep 21, 2011 at 8:30:06 pm

You could transcode to ProRes and make them NTSC 720x480 and NTSC 720x480 Anamorphic (16:9, just like the 853x480 file). Best bet would be to re-capture if you have the tapes. Transcoding will loose a generation in quality.

Do the 640x480 files look squeezed or do they look ok? If squeezed, then there 16:9 and you can have all your footage match NTSC anamorphic. In FCP browser, import the new ProRes files, select them all, navigate to the Anamorphic column and check it.

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