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raju bhai
importing footage from 2 separate sources with diff settings into same project in FCP7
on Sep 10, 2013 at 10:10:37 pm

Hi, i have footage shot on canon 5d that is h.264, 1920x1080 and 23.98 fps that i am transcoding to apple prores 422 so i can edit in FCP7.
But i also have a clip from a different source that is AAC, h.264, 320x240 and 25 fps. The primary footage is the canon 5d. But i plan to use both in the same project. Should i transcode the 320x240, 25 fps into the same settings as the footage from canon 5d? that is, apple prores 422 1920x1080 and 23.98 or should i transcode to prores with the original 320x240 and 25fps even though the other footage has been transcoded in 1920x1080, 23.98?
Please let me know.
thank you very much!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: importing footage from 2 separate sources with diff settings into same project in FCP7
on Sep 10, 2013 at 10:36:49 pm

How do you plan to use the 320x240 footage? If you make it the same size as the HD footage, the image quality will be very bad. It is also 4x3, and the rest of your footage is 16x9.

The frame rate seems to be the least of your worries.

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


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John Fishback
Re: importing footage from 2 separate sources with diff settings into same project in FCP7
on Sep 11, 2013 at 1:58:16 pm

What Dave said, plus editing with different timebases in the same sequence is just asking for trouble.

John

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raju bhai
Re: importing footage from 2 separate sources with diff settings into same project in FCP7
on Sep 13, 2013 at 5:38:01 am

Hi! I am using the 4x3 footage in the timeline along with the canon 5d footage which is in 1920x1080.

i started editing this music video in h.264 without transcoding first and the 4x3 footage looks great alongside the 16x9 footage. However, after getting 80% through the edit i was having all kinds of problems with messed up exports to quicktime. So now i want to transcode everything and then substitute the PRORES versions of the clips for the originals in the timeline.
Should i transcode the 4x3 clips to apple prores but keep it at 4x3 even thought the other footage is at 16x9? They don't have a 320x240 option on MPEG media streamclip, instead it's 1440x1080. Also, MPEG streamclip is the only converter i can use, i have an older mac which is OS 10.5.8

Please lemme know what to do, thanks! It seems my problem is that I have footage from 2 different sources, but i don't see why it should be a problem. Don't editors deal with this all the time? This should be easy, lemme know thanks


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Dave LaRonde
Re: importing footage from 2 separate sources with diff settings into same project in FCP7
on Sep 13, 2013 at 6:49:16 pm

[raju bhai] " MPEG streamclip is the only converter i can use, i have an older mac which is OS 10.5.8"

Not really. You have Quicktime Pro. You can use it to transcode, and you can scale it up in FCP.

If that scaled-up footage works for you, that's great. If you scale it up enough, it can fill the same 16x9 space of the other footage. You then have a choice: how much of the top or bottom of that 4x3 footage do you want to see? You solve it by positioning the footage vertically. That's the price you pay for using 4x3 footage in a 16x9 timeline.

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


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