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john whiteway
Converting MP4 HD files from a Blackberry Playbook to edit in Final Cut?
on May 13, 2012 at 8:40:41 pm

Hello,

I've been reading as much as I can here and elsewhere on line about the problem of converting HD MP4 files for use in Final Cut. I see several conversion sofware packages for sale. No doubt they'll produce something that will "work". But by the sound of it even more resolution will be lost in this conversion. I've also read elswhere about conversion into ProRes codec, presumably within Final Cut, though I'd have no idea how to do that.

So my question is: What is the best way to convert Blackberry Playbook HD MP4 files? Is there a way less lossy than these conversion software programs?

Thanks.

John


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Steve Eisen
Re: Converting MP4 HD files from a Blackberry Playbook to edit in Final Cut?
on May 13, 2012 at 9:09:47 pm

Assuming you have FCP 6 or 7, you would use Compressor (free) to convert your footage.

ProRes is an excellent codec. As far as quality, the saying garbage in/garbage out still applies.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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john whiteway
Re: Converting MP4 HD files from a Blackberry Playbook to edit in Final Cut?
on May 13, 2012 at 9:55:49 pm

Thanks very much Steve.

Now I finally have reason to learn Compressor. Hope it's not too hard.

John


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