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Tim Wetzel
Webm to FInal Cut 7
on Jun 8, 2014 at 3:22:15 pm

I have a client who is supplying me with raw files in .webm format. I've played around with a few conversion programs and settings and getting huge, really huge, files, and long, long conversion times. Ideally, I'd like to import to Final Cut 7, edit, then export as H.264, but I'm open to suggestions.
Does anybody have some work flow ideas?


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Edwin Street
Re: Webm to FInal Cut 7
on Jun 8, 2014 at 3:56:26 pm

Convert all the .webm files to ProRes422(HQ), or, if the files are still too large convert them to ProRes422.

Final Cut Pro 7 loves to edit in these formats.


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Tim Wetzel
Re: Webm to FInal Cut 7
on Jun 8, 2014 at 5:12:13 pm

Thanks for the response, Edwin.

The raw footage is over twenty minutes long, .webm. It's 1920x1080. I have been converting a 30 second piece to ProRes422, 1280x720 to figure out a sensible workflow. I just did a 30 second conversion as described. It took 18 minutes and the file size is almost 10 GB for 30 seconds!



.webm is not a format I've used before. The entire source .webm file is only 51.1 MB. I can find plenty of stuff to create it, but very little to un-create it! :)

I know I'm just missing something here...


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Edwin Street
Re: Webm to FInal Cut 7
on Jun 10, 2014 at 12:19:29 am

Hi Tim,

A 1920x1080 30 second ProRes422 clip should only be 400-500MB. And it should take under a minute to convert. What program are you using to convert the Webm files? Can I suggest MPEG Streamclip.


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Tim Wetzel
Re: Webm to FInal Cut 7
on Jun 10, 2014 at 12:52:28 am

Right? It's weird.

I'm using MPEG Streamclip, 422ProRes, 100%, unscaled, everything else is default (though it doesn't matter if I change it to 720).
I have also tried through iDealshare VideoGo. Same result.
The only thing I can figure is, since .webm is for HTML, the pixel count doesn't line up to movie formats. Then, when it converts, it's trying to keep the original resolution which is not actually equivalent to .mov, but much, much denser as perceived through conversion.


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Edwin Street
Re: Webm to FInal Cut 7
on Jun 10, 2014 at 4:51:41 pm

That's got me. I don't understand how the raw footage is over 20 minutes long and only 51.1MB

Something strange is happening here. Does the webm file open in Quicktime? Can you check it's specs here?

Otherwise download a small program called MediaInfo and see what it's specs are. http://mediaarea.net/en/MediaInfo


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Tim Wetzel
Re: Webm to FInal Cut 7
on Jun 10, 2014 at 6:01:12 pm

Thanks, Edwin. I think I've cracked it.

I'm not a tech guy, but here goes: Since .webm is so highly compressed, as I unfolded it, it just grew bigger and bigger, like one of those pellets you drop in water and grows into a dinosaur. The key was changing settings on MPEG StreamClip.

Here's the steps I took:
Converted .WEBM to .H264 mp4 in iDealshare VideoGo
Converted .mp4 to .mov in MPEG-Streamclip

Settings: ProRes 422, 100%, Sound unscaled, and here's the key, video unscaled (it was 1920x1080), but set the frame rate (I used 29.97), deselected everything under 'deselect for progressive movies,' then made the movie.

It's still big, but not outrageous, and very good quality.


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