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Jason Presser
Editing for Iphone - Sequence Settings (FCP 7)? And other?
on Dec 16, 2012 at 10:44:15 pm

Hey all, Thanks in advance for any help.

I'm editing a video for use on the traditional iphone on Final Cut Pro 7. It's basically a series of stills animated Ken Burns style with pans and zooms.

It's my first time editing for iphone (and for that matter editing stills). Can anyone tell me what sequence settings I should be using to I. keep render times down to a minimum and also II. to get the best quality export when I'm ready to export and compress?

I know the frame size (640x960) but that's about it. The source media are pgn files ranging in size and also resolution from 1283x1650 to 2408x3508.

So basically ... what sequence settings should I use? and should I think about converting the files in some way before bringing them into final cut 7?

Thanks,

Jason


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Steve Eisen
Re: Editing for Iphone - Sequence Settings (FCP 7)? And other?
on Dec 17, 2012 at 3:42:41 am

Use a native sequence setting that FCP likes. If I were you, I would use a ProRes 720p (1280x720) setting. When you are finished, export a self contained movie and drop that into Compressor and use the preset for iPhone.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Creative Pro Users Group


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Jason Presser
Re: Editing for Iphone - Sequence Settings (FCP 7)? And other?
on Dec 17, 2012 at 6:22:08 am

Thank you, Steve. Appreciated!


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David Eaks
Re: Editing for Iphone - Sequence Settings (FCP 7)? And other?
on Dec 17, 2012 at 1:40:46 pm

I agree with Steve, use an HD Sequence to edit, then export and bring into compressor.

Some older threads on the subject, that helped me in the past, if you're interested in some reading. :)

http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/20/864452

http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/8/1093939


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Editing for Iphone - Sequence Settings (FCP 7)? And other?
on Dec 17, 2012 at 3:58:13 pm

Here's an alternate method: use Motion or After Effects for the job.

You can create the precise dimensions your want. Either one treats motion on stills much better than FCP. When done, you can render/export in the codec of your choice.

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


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Jason Presser
Re: Editing for Iphone - Sequence Settings (FCP 7)? And other?
on Dec 18, 2012 at 12:17:05 am

Thanks so much again everyone. Extremely helpful! :)

David Eaks, Thanks for the threads.

Dave, I've been working in FCP so far. Movement on stills look quite good so far. What exactly makes Motion (which I've never used, I'm more of a Nuke guy) better? I'm also worried how long getting acquainted with Motion will take as I am on a one week deadline?

Thanks again,

Jason


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Editing for Iphone - Sequence Settings (FCP 7)? And other?
on Dec 18, 2012 at 12:27:52 am

You've got Nuke? You didn't say that! If you're happy with FCP that's fine, but you could use Nuke....

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


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