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Laura Seltzer
using MP4 clips in an edit
on Apr 1, 2013 at 7:17:11 pm

I'm editing on FCP7 and have several hours of a workshop that needs to be edited. Our primary camera was shot on MP4 format and a second camera recorded the power point presentation on a miniDV. When footage is on the timeline rendering is taking a VERY long time. So we're converting the files to Pro Res 422 to quicken the render and edit time.
Question - We tried to import the MP4 files into MPeg Streamclip, but the clips maxing at 16 minutes (files are approx 30 mins long.) Any ideas as to why this is happening and how we can import the entire file?
Any advice is much appreciates!
Laura


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Steve Eisen
Re: using MP4 clips in an edit
on Apr 1, 2013 at 8:43:34 pm

[Laura Seltzer] "how we can import the entire file?"

My recommendation would have been to Log and Transfer the mp4 footage. That is IF, you have the COMPLETE card structure from the original camera.

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


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Dave LaRonde
Re: using MP4 clips in an edit
on Apr 1, 2013 at 8:46:59 pm

Listen to Steve: you CAN NOT use mp4 in FCP, even if it works initially. You will hurt yourself much later down the road if you do so. It is your roll of the dice.

Do you wish to be safe, professional and able to re-address the project later? Or do you simply want to get the project done as soon as possible with absolutely no eye to the future?

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


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