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Ben Lithman
Convert h264 to ??
on Oct 24, 2013 at 4:15:51 pm

Hi, I'm relatively experienced editor. However all my work has been editing HDV footage. I'm just about to take on a really big new project editing footage shot on a canon 5D, which I'm unfamiliar with. I want go get the right workflow sorted from the begging so I don't have any problems later into the project. I'm edging on a Mac Pro and in FCPX. What if any, codec should I transcode the footage into to edit it in FCPX? Storage isn't really an issue, but by the same token I don't have unlimited storage capacity.

If I do need to convert my transcode the footage, what program/settings should I use?

Many thanks for your help.


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Warren Eig
Re: Convert h264 to ??
on Oct 24, 2013 at 4:53:37 pm

ProRes422 using "RGBto5D Batch" or the free RGBto5D is my recommendation. They are available in the App store. The Batch version is a paid version but it lets you batch the files instead of doing one a time.

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Convert h264 to ??
on Oct 24, 2013 at 5:54:26 pm

Yup. ProRes 422 is the way to go. If you need more storage to use it, get more storage. Or cheap out on storage and regret it later on.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Ben Lithman
Re: Convert h264 to ??
on Oct 25, 2013 at 7:06:32 am

Ok can I ask why pro res 422 is the way to go? Of I was willing to compromise a LITTLE on the quality side, is there any other format that won't be so storage hungry?


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Nick Meyers
Re: Convert h264 to ??
on Oct 25, 2013 at 11:24:42 am

yeah, ProResLT looks ok.

you cant get quite as much out of it in a grade,
and on a big screen you could see compression,
but it is used for some forms of broadcast: news etc.

depending on your delivery specs, you can also drop the frame size down, too.
but that might come back to bite you if anyone decides ini the future they want a full HD version.


nick


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Convert h264 to ??
on Oct 27, 2013 at 5:47:09 pm

422 is the best compromise between image quality and file size. But if you're not too worried, ProRes LT is great.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Ben Lithman
Re: Convert h264 to ??
on Oct 24, 2013 at 6:08:29 pm

Ok thanks can anyone hazard a guess at how long it will take to transcode say, 1 hour of footage. On a Mac Pro 4,1 quad core.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Convert h264 to ??
on Oct 24, 2013 at 8:09:52 pm

Nope. But there's always that magic phrase, "overnight".

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Nick Meyers
Re: Convert h264 to ??
on Oct 25, 2013 at 1:57:36 am

if you are cutting in FCPX, you can set it to transcode the footage for you in the background,

so you can start working straight away.

when the transcode is done, it replaces the H64 you are working with automatically.


nick


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