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Devin Kolovich
Best way to compress time in FCP?
on Feb 1, 2012 at 7:27:46 pm

I have an hour and a half of raw footage Im trying to compress into about 6 seconds in FCP. playing around with the clip speed it said the clip had to be at about %100,000 the normal speed of the clip. That didnt seem right to me. Any recomendations?


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Sascha Engel
Re: Best way to compress time in FCP?
on Feb 1, 2012 at 7:34:03 pm

What do you mean by compress? Speed Up - to show all 90min in 6 sec?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Best way to compress time in FCP?
on Feb 1, 2012 at 7:39:59 pm

Well, let's do the arithmetic. 90 minutes, right?

90 x 60 = 5400 seconds.

5400 / 6 = 900.

You have to speed up the clip by a factor of 900.

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


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Devin Kolovich
Re: Best way to compress time in FCP?
on Feb 1, 2012 at 9:17:27 pm

I thought as much. So if its at %100, %90,000 would be correct. My only other problem is the render time itll take. Do you know of a plug-in or third party program that would take less time. I was considering twixtor


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Best way to compress time in FCP?
on Feb 1, 2012 at 10:04:45 pm

Speed up to 90,000%? Twixtor's good, but it ain't THAT good!

To preserve image quality -- if it's a big issue -- you might want to consider just doing it by hand. Export a still frame, advance 180 frames, export another still frame, and repeat until you're done. Then import the resulting image sequence.

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


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Devin Kolovich
Re: Best way to compress time in FCP?
on Feb 2, 2012 at 12:00:58 am

Thanks Dave. Considering just doing it manually like that. At 900x the normal rate it looks good still so I might just export it to make sure.


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