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Thomas Lewis
How do I sort out my settigns for the best export? Timeline Footage looks terrible! FCP
on Aug 27, 2012 at 4:39:38 pm

Hello!
Im having difficulty in final cut pro, My captured footage looks absolutely terrible on the timeline and when its exported it’s in 4:3 and looks squished, What is the BEST outcome I can setup with this footage, Im a tad naive when it comes to codec’s etc, I literally have two days to get this project completely done and im really struggling on what settings I need as my two source materials are different size’s codecs etc.
I have two sources of captured footage that Im editing between. the first is in:
DV - PAL, 720 × 576, 4:3, 25 fps, 28.80 Mbps - Audio: DV stereo, 32 kHz, 28.80 Mbps

The second camera’s footage is in:
.mov Apple Intermediate Codec, 960 × 540, 25 fps, 29.43 Mbps - Audio: 16-bit Big Endian stereo, 48 kHz, 1.54 Mbps

The sequence settings are set to:
720x576, CCIR 601 / DVPAL (5:4)
Pixel aspect ratio: PAL - CCIR 601 (720 x 576)
Field Dominance: Lower
Anamorphic 16:9: off (Tried exporting with this on and off)
Compressor: Apple ProRes 422 (Was defaulted to DV PAL)

I use Final Cut Pro 6.06 on an Old Macbook running OSX 10.5.8
I have my mac plugged into an external TV as a monitor at 1920 x 1080

The footage is being used on a projector for an audience, Either as a DVD or File, It may be used on the web later.

Here is a screen grab of the DV footage in the timeline in final cut pro and opened up the source footage in quicktime side by side.
http://i.imgur.com/fs6D7.jpg


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