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George Snow
Good Idea or Already Possible?
on Feb 16, 2012 at 7:39:52 pm

I'm trying to save space. I have a PowerPc and I'm working with DSLR footage. So it's a pain, but it does work.

Is the following already possible?

I have a file which is 2 gigs/2 minutes long. I only use ten seconds of that file.

Is there anyway I can create a new file of just that ten seconds?

Then I can store away the original on an Ext HD.

This will free up a ton of space.

My idea which would be time consuming is, create a QT movie for each cut and then reassemble the scene.

If I did this using the EXPORT QT MOVIE (not QT conversion) would I lose a lot of quality?


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Steve Eisen
Re: Good Idea or Already Possible?
on Feb 16, 2012 at 8:07:08 pm

Set in set out export self contained movie. No quality loss if you keep current settings.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
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Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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George Snow
Re: Good Idea or Already Possible?
on Feb 16, 2012 at 8:15:07 pm

Thank You!


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Tony Brittan
Re: Good Idea or Already Possible?
on Feb 16, 2012 at 9:02:34 pm

Or even one it in QuickTime and select in/out points to delete unwanted sections and delete them. Save remaining file as new file name and viola!

Posted from iPad, please excuse typos!


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Alex Elkins
Re: Good Idea or Already Possible?
on Feb 17, 2012 at 2:42:22 pm

Hi George,

FCP's Media Manager would be the best tool for the job here. My only question would be to ask why you actually need to reduce the file size - a 2GB file is tiny!! Having a smaller file is not going to make your playback any better, if that's what your computer is struggling with. You need faster harddrives and a file format that FCP and PowerPCs are comfortable with (such as DVCProHD).

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George Snow
Re: Good Idea or Already Possible?
on Feb 17, 2012 at 3:54:31 pm

At the moment I'm unemployed and broke. I'm also in the middle of shooting a movie. So, space is at a premium. I have a firewire drive I'm using to store the footage I'm using and a USB drive I'm storing everything on.

There's no problems playing the footage on the firewire drive, but it's old and only holds 250gigs. But, if I try to play the footage from the USB drive (new 1 tb) it stops every two seconds with dropped frames.

So,I need the space, and it's working like a charm. I've freed up over 100 gigs so far. And I still have about another 100 once I complete the sound from the original files.

It makes sense from a poor man's perspective.


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