Hi folks, I'm working on my first AVCHD project (in FCP 7). I've read most of the How To's and have some specific questions for the veterans out there:
1) What's your recommendation for naming clips? I noticed there are separate fields for "Scene" and "Take" but will these show up on the actual Pro-Res clip name in the Finder? Or should I just include these in the Clip Name (like: PROJECT NAME_SCENE_TAKE).
2) When I'm in Log & Transfer, is there a way to save the naming that I've done? It'll take a while to name all the clips before I start transferring. What if FCP freezes in the middle of this…will the clip names be saved?
3) My footage is 1920x1080 24p (GH2 camera). I plan on editing in a 23.98 timeline. When it's time to output will I need to fool with pulldown for a Blu-Ray disc? What about a regular dvd? Is there a way to do this within FCP?
4) I plan on archiving my SD cards as read-only .dmg files. Say, 5 yrs from now I want to revisit the project (after the Pro-Res files are long gone). If I open my .dmg files on the desktop (to appear as the SD card "reels") will FCP recognize these and re-transcode according to the timeline?
[Ray Stark]"3) My footage is 1920x1080 24p (GH2 camera). I plan on editing in a 23.98 timeline. When it's time to output will I need to fool with pulldown for a Blu-Ray disc? What about a regular dvd? Is there a way to do this within FCP?"
Those p24 are not really "p24" but "p23,98".
Real "p24" is only found in cinematographic cameras. Is not a video standard and the GH2 works with video time bases: "23,98", "29,97" and "59,94". Those time bases are commonly identified as "24fps", "30fps" and "60fps" for commercial purposes.
So L&T and edit on a "p23,98" sequence.