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Donna Quante
Apple Compressor
on Dec 22, 2011 at 6:10:57 pm

OK, I am new here. I've looked through the subjects, but don't see my answer--or I'm not sure what I'm looking for. I got my mov. out of FCP Studio and dragged it into compressor as per your instructions. That worked and it's been "cooking" all night. But since I looked earlier when it said 1:11 remaining, it now says 1:19 remaining. That's been a couple hours. So, what's going on and what am I doing wrong? Thanks!


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Apple Compressor
on Dec 22, 2011 at 6:27:26 pm

[Donna Quante] "I got my mov. out of FCP Studio"

Can you be more precise? "Got it out" tells us nothing Donna. Always tell us exactly what you've done so we can help you without firing questions back at you. That's frustrating for all concerned...

What video codec is your original file?

What type of video are you encoding in Compressor?

How long is the video?

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Donna Quante
Re: Apple Compressor
on Dec 22, 2011 at 7:09:35 pm

OK--so sorry, I'll try to do better. I exported out of FCP. It is an 87 minute .mov that is saved on my external hard drive. It is an HD movie.
It is saved as a QT movie. I followed your instructions for HD SHow to SD dvd and put that QT movie into compressor. I picked dvd 90 minutes best quality and the audio that goes with it. So, it has been rendering all night and now says 1:25 remaining under the loading bar in history.
Thank you.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Apple Compressor
on Dec 22, 2011 at 7:35:40 pm

[Donna Quante] " I exported out of FCP."

You're being way to cryptic Donna.

How? Exactly how? There are many, many ways to export from FCP, and you need to be very precise on the details telling us exactly how you did it. Keep in mind, we're not there with you, so you can't assume we have any idea how you're doing things.

[Donna Quante] "It is an HD movie."

Precisely what type of HD movie? Open it with QT 7 player, go to Window>>Show Movie Inspector and tell me what the Format says.

I'm not being mean, just trying to help you as efficiently as possible. You have to go the extra mile to give us this type of help so we can help you.

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Chris Tompkins
Re: Apple Compressor
on Dec 22, 2011 at 7:42:22 pm

Rendering a 90 min. HD clip to SD DVD could take a LONG time depending on the machine used.
Just wait it out.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Donna Quante
Re: Apple Compressor
on Dec 22, 2011 at 7:56:53 pm

I don't think you're being mean and I'm sorry for my ignorance. I am trying to learn.
here is the info:Source:/Volumes/Iomega HDD-CB300/RCB.mov
Format: Apple HDV 1080i60, 1440 x 1080 (1888 x 1062), Millions
16-bit Integer (Little Endian), Stereo, 48.000 kHz
FPS: 29.97
Data size: 17.4 GB
Data rate: 26.61 Mbit/s
Current size: 1387 x 782 pixels

Thanks


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Apple Compressor
on Dec 22, 2011 at 8:11:33 pm

Okay, now we're cookin Donna.

HDV is a very processor intensive codec, as frames do not really exist, they are instead made up, more or less on the fly, digitally via software.

Go to Sequence>>Settings and change the compressor to ProRes 422.

Next, re-render the entire sequence. (Make sure "full" is check in the Sequence>>Render All drop-down menu).

Then, Export>>Quicktime Movie (check self contained, but not recompress all frames).

Now, use that file as your master in Compressor to create any Web video or DVD encode you need. You'll find that this methodology is vastly superior and mush faster that what you were doing before. Do keep in mind that h.264 web videos take along time when transcoding a 47-min QT file, but not nearly as long as when using native HDV files to do the same thing.

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Donna Quante
Re: Apple Compressor
on Dec 22, 2011 at 8:17:55 pm

Thank you so much. I can do this. I'll let you know in a couple days how it turns out.
Many thanks.


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Donna Quante
Re: Apple Compressor
on Dec 23, 2011 at 2:05:49 am

OK--I did just what you said and now I have a movie that is 4:3 instead of 16:9. I'd like to keep the 16:9.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Apple Compressor
on Dec 23, 2011 at 3:45:23 am

[Donna Quante] "OK--I did just what you said and now I have a movie that is 4:3 instead of 16:9. I'd like to keep the 16:9."

Donna,

There's nothing I told you to do that would in any way impact 16x9 video to make it 4x3. There's has got to be something else that you may have done to do that. I have no way of knowing if you have something wrong with your sequence settings, or if the problem is with your Compressor settings. So, we need to start at the beginning and trace down the issue.

Go to Sequence>>Settings and please write back with all of the things you see there.

David Roth Weiss
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David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
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Don't miss my new Creative Cow Podcast: Bringing "The Whale" to the Big Screen:
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Donna Quante
Re: Apple Compressor
on Dec 23, 2011 at 3:59:02 am

The 4:3 came out of FC when I changed the settings as you instructed. I didn't change anything else. I haven't put anything in compressor yet. I made the changes in FC--was that wrong?


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Donna Quante
Re: Apple Compressor
on Dec 23, 2011 at 4:10:59 am

The 4:3 came out of FC when I changed the settings as you instructed. I didn't change anything else. I haven't put anything in compressor yet. This is what exported:


Format:Apple ProRes 422, 1440 x 1080, Millions
16-bit Integer (Little Endian), Stereo, 48.000 kHz

FPS: 29.97

Data Size: 81.6 GB

Data Rate: 124.77 Mbit/s

Current size:1172 x 878 pixels


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Apple Compressor
on Dec 23, 2011 at 4:47:51 am

Donna,

HDV is not a "full raster" format, meaning it is squeezed on tape and in file format, then unsqueezed upon playback. The file you made should be interpreted properly in Compressor or in FCP.

There one thing you left out however, that Sequence>>Settings should have revealed. Please go back and find out what FCP says is the Pixel Aspect Ratio. That should not be set to "Square," but should in fact be HD(1440x1080). If that's wrong that might be affecting things, but if it's right, then just bring the exported file into Compressor and make whatever files you require.

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
http://www.drwfilms.com

Don't miss my new Creative Cow Podcast: Bringing "The Whale" to the Big Screen:
http://library.creativecow.net/weiss_roth_david/Podcast-Series-2-MikeParfit...

POST-PRODUCTION WITHOUT THE USUAL INSANITY ™


Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Business & Marketing and Apple Final Cut Pro forums.


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Donna Quante
Re: Apple Compressor
on Dec 23, 2011 at 4:56:18 am

I does say the pixel aspect ratio is HD 1440x1080, field dominance is upper. I'll put it in compressor now and see what happens. Sorry for my panic.


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