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Jo Fishburn
Converting MP4 to MOV - lost sound track?
on Dec 10, 2011 at 7:52:14 am

I am a new Final Cut Xpress User and very new to editing. I shot material on an EX1 and converted the MP4's to .mov. Finally have them imported into FC Xpress and looks like I now only have one audio track. I definitely need them separated. Any suggestions?


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: Converting MP4 to MOV - lost sound track?
on Dec 10, 2011 at 3:26:49 pm

How did you "convert" the files? Try using MPEG Streamclip, and and a codec that FCP Xpress can support. HDV, or the AIC codec probably.

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Brad Wright
Re: Converting MP4 to MOV - lost sound track?
on Dec 10, 2011 at 5:40:24 pm

Any particular reason you went from the EX1 to MP4 to Final Cut X when Final Cut X will support the EX1 files natively? That's a lot of loss and through re-compression.

Brad Wright is software engineer, so it may be difficult to understand what he is saying. He is always happy to explain his greater detail.


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Steve Eisen
Re: Converting MP4 to MOV - lost sound track?
on Dec 10, 2011 at 5:55:34 pm

[Brad Wright] "Any particular reason you went from the EX1 to MP4 to Final Cut X when Final Cut X will support the EX1"

They are using Final Cut Express. The "X" in Xpress can be confusing.

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Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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Brad Wright
Re: Converting MP4 to MOV - lost sound track?
on Dec 10, 2011 at 6:27:47 pm

Yes, you are correct. In that case, I believe the best way to handle the EX1 files should be converted directly to ProRes instead of MP4. I would recommend using Compressor 4 to do this.

Brad Wright is software engineer, so it may be difficult to understand what he is saying. He is always happy to explain his greater detail.


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Jo Fishburn
Re: Converting MP4 to MOV - lost sound track?
on Dec 10, 2011 at 8:13:16 pm

Thanks fellas. I am a wee bit confused. Perhaps we need to go back to basics. I didn't convert it to MP4, I thought that was the native file. Let me explain. When I copied the files over it gave me a file called BPAV, in that was one named CLPR, then HHTV0023_07, within which there were files with the file name with the following extenssions
.BIN
.XML
.SMI
.MP4
.PPN

the only thing I recognised was the .mp4 so that is what I tried to import, which Final Cut Express didn't take, hence I converted it to .MOV

Hope that explains. Does this provide a clearer route as to what I need to do to import the file and maintain two audio tracks?

thanks for the input.


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