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Brian Globus
Converting from H.264 in Final Cut Express 2. Don't have AIC.
on Mar 27, 2012 at 4:22:26 am

Does anyone know a codec I could use in Final Cut Express that wouldn't require rendering every clip in the timeline to edit? I don't have the AIC in my list for some reason, nor any ProRes. I am using MPEG streamclip to do the conversion from Canon 5D footage.

Thanks for your help.


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Paul Esteves
Re: Converting from H.264 in Final Cut Express 2. Don't have AIC.
on Mar 27, 2012 at 9:34:43 am

You can download the AIC codec as well as the ProRes codec online. There are quite a few video tutorials online of how to go about doing that. The best way to get your footage in an edit friendly format is to convert it to AIC (if using an older version of express) or ProRes (if a newer version). This topic has been covered several times on this forum, I know because I joined several weeks ago to find this answer and found it quite quickly by browsing through some of the posts.


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Brian Globus
Re: Converting from H.264 in Final Cut Express 2. Don't have AIC.
on Mar 28, 2012 at 12:17:01 am

Thanks. I couldn't find the AIC download online, only the update. I read posts from others with the same problem. My version of FCE appears to be missing AIC for some reason. Were you able to download the full AIC codec?


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: Converting from H.264 in Final Cut Express 2. Don't have AIC.
on Mar 27, 2012 at 1:06:05 pm

The only codecs that work with express are DV, HDV, and the AIC codec... choose one of those. AIC should be there... Got Compressor? That would have the codecs.

Jerry

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Brian Globus
Re: Converting from H.264 in Final Cut Express 2. Don't have AIC.
on Mar 28, 2012 at 1:40:26 am

Thanks Jerry,

Looks like I have a DV/DVCPro option on my list. I might try that.

I don't have compressor and can't seem to find a version old enough for my system (OSX 10.4.11 PPC). I am in the process of upgrading to a new iMac but in the meantime i'm struggling to edit on the system as is.

Thanks for your suggestions.


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: Converting from H.264 in Final Cut Express 2. Don't have AIC.
on Mar 28, 2012 at 3:57:42 am

Shoot...

If you were to reinstall it all, it would work I'll wager.

If it were me, and it's been a long time since a clean install from the OS up I'd consider that.

Run in the same versions you're at on that older machine...

Jerry

Apple Certified Trainer, Producer, Writer, Director Editor, Gun for Hire and other things. I ski. My Blog: http://blogs.creativecow.net/Jerry-Hofmann

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Brian Globus
Re: Converting from H.264 in Final Cut Express 2. Don't have AIC.
on Apr 2, 2012 at 4:08:07 am

Thanks again Jerry,

Not sure I'm up to the task. I don't even have a copy of the OS I'm currently working with. The repair shop loaded it on my last visit when I discovered my PPC G5 is considered a relic. I couldn't get parts to make the repair needed.

Thanks though. I'll find a way to hobble along until the new iMacs are released. Any day now I hope!

Brian


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: Converting from H.264 in Final Cut Express 2. Don't have AIC.
on Apr 2, 2012 at 3:41:17 pm

Really? you can't get parts?

Well...

If your delivery is SD or a web stream, then I think you might just transcode it all DV in your situation. The AIC codec isn't a great codec BTW. I do believe you can do that with MPEG Streamclip.

Jerry

Apple Certified Trainer, Producer, Writer, Director Editor, Gun for Hire and other things. I ski. My Blog: http://blogs.creativecow.net/Jerry-Hofmann

Current DVD:
http://store.creativecow.net/p/81/jerry_hofmanns_final_cut_system_setup

8-Core 3.0 Intel Mac Pro, Dual 2 gig G5, AJA Kona SD, AJA Kona 2, Huge Systems Array UL3D, AJA Io HD, 17" MBP, Matrox MXO2 with MAX - Cinema Displays I have a 22" that I paid 4k for still working. G4 with Kona SD card, and SCSI card.


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Brian Globus
Re: Converting from H.264 in Final Cut Express 2. Don't have AIC.
on Apr 3, 2012 at 2:05:01 am

Yes, my RAM became unseated and no parts available to resecure it. It is operational for the time being however. (knock on wood!)

Thanks again for the advice.

Brian


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Converting from H.264 in Final Cut Express 2. Don't have AIC.
on Mar 27, 2012 at 3:23:40 pm

If there is no overpowering reason to cut in FCE, you may be much better off cutting in FCP and following the instructions found here:

http://library.creativecow.net/ross_shane/tapeless-workflow_fcp-7/1

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


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Brian Globus
Re: Converting from H.264 in Final Cut Express 2. Don't have AIC.
on Mar 28, 2012 at 1:43:26 am

Thanks Dave, I'm starting to think the same thing. I'm in the process of updating my system but hoped to get some editing done in the meantime.

I appreciate the workflow instructions.

Brian


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Rafael Amador
Re: Converting from H.264 in Final Cut Express 2. Don't have AIC.
on Mar 27, 2012 at 4:15:33 pm

[Brian Globus] "I don't have the AIC in my list for some reason, nor any ProRes. I"
You should have the AIC.
Prores is from FC.6 up.
The cheapest way to get it is buying Motion.5 from the Appstore (40$).
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Brian Globus
Re: Converting from H.264 in Final Cut Express 2. Don't have AIC.
on Mar 28, 2012 at 1:41:05 am

Thanks for the tip!


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