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Evan clark
Final cut pro export different then what is in timeline
on Dec 20, 2011 at 8:56:17 pm

Okay so I just got final cut pro 7 and I wanted to make a video today. When I finished all the video work I exported it and when I played it at certain points the video is completely different then what I was seeing in the preview window in FCP. So I go into final cut and adjust the clips so that they are completely different lengths and look different when I go to play the sequence. I exported again and now it looks more like what I want, but I am pretty much flying blind now.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Final cut pro export different then what is in timeline
on Dec 20, 2011 at 9:18:53 pm

It certainly sounds as if you're editing h.264 or MP4 files. Right?

If so, now you know why there are thousands of posts here and all over the Internet advising users that they must transcode those video file types to ProRes 422 before editing.

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Evan clark
Re: Final cut pro export different then what is in timeline
on Dec 20, 2011 at 9:29:52 pm

Okay, I have been using DVCpro. I had Express 4 so I used that since it did not support proress


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Final cut pro export different then what is in timeline
on Dec 20, 2011 at 11:28:12 pm

Sequence settings?
Clip Settings?

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Evan clark
Re: Final cut pro export different then what is in timeline
on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:10:14 am

I used to use dvcpro as the sequence and clip settings, I have it set to that in Final cut pro so I do not know why I am getting this proble.


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Bret Williams
Re: Final cut pro export different then what is in timeline
on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:22:33 am

FCP Express supports h264?


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Evan clark
Re: Final cut pro export different then what is in timeline
on Dec 21, 2011 at 12:28:26 am

yes it does, but I have not been using H.264.


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jenny calhoun
Re: Final cut pro export different then what is in timeline
on Dec 21, 2011 at 1:34:15 am

I have been having the exact same problem!
the video file is h.264 at 5.1 MB/sec

when i export it for quicktime movie or use quicktime conversion, the video footage gets completely out of order.

i see David Weiss's post about "transcode those video file types to ProRes 422", but is that "all"? and can i do this to an entire batch of footage at once? i've got 50 gigs that will all need to be transcoded.

i have experience with editing, but all of the CO/DEC stuff really baffles me.
David could you please provide a link that you think has the best solution for transcoding?


thank you so much,
from a film student who was not taught about codecs :(


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Final cut pro export different then what is in timeline
on Dec 21, 2011 at 1:20:17 pm

Just to make clear....


You dropped a DV-NTSC clip into a blank sequence and FCP made a match?

Have you tried exporting using "Current Settings"
Making self-contained clip?

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Evan clark
Re: Final cut pro export different then what is in timeline
on Dec 21, 2011 at 2:39:48 pm

The sequence settings are set a dvc/dvpro ntsc. I have never had this problem before.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Final cut pro export different then what is in timeline
on Dec 21, 2011 at 4:00:34 pm

[jenny calhoun] "i've got 50 gigs that will all need to be transcoded... could you please provide a link that you think has the best solution for transcoding?"

The reason to transcode: H.264 is a long-cop codec, meaning that it contains complete picture information only once every few frames, and tosses away duplicated picture information in-between. Playing a clip back, making cuts on it, etc. is very processor intensive. After a while, FCP bogs down. Thus, it's not an acceptable codec for editing.

There is no one best solution for transcoding. It depends on how the footage was acquired. If the clips were supplied to you, you can use Compressor (bundled with FCP), MPEG Streamclip (free download) or Handbrake to convert.

If you shot the footage yourself -- AND YOU STILL HAVE IT ON THE ORIGINAL CARDS -- here's the way to do it: http://library.creativecow.net/ross_shane/tapeless-workflow_fcp-7/1

No original cards? Use the first transcoding technique mentioned.

This editing stuff certainly isn't as straightforward as you may have been lead to believe.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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jenny calhoun
Re: Final cut pro export different then what is in timeline
on Dec 21, 2011 at 7:38:07 pm

ok, so i drop the files onto compressor and apply a quicktime setting it looks like.

thanks so much for the info about h.264... wasnt my camera, i just thought the files would be good to go.


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