I shot footage on a Canon T1i. From what I found on Creative Cow and other sites, Canon this footage uses the H.264 codec, and I need to convert it to Apple ProRes 422.
I followed the instructions from this video to convert one of the original clips to Apple ProRes 422 LT (to save space, since this is destined for the internet).
Yet, when I try to add this clip to my Final Cut timeline, it makes me render the video. I have the User Preferences set to ask for auto-conforming. But it doesn't ask; I just get the render bar.
This discussion seems to imply the video shouldn't be interlaced. Following the advice of the video above, I selected the de-interlace option in MPEG Streamclip, but the "field dominance" pulldown menu doesn't go away; it is always either "upper field first" or "lower field first."
I feel like there's a setting in MPEG Streamclip that I'm missing, but I can't figure out what.
Well, it's probably not MPEG streamclip. What are your sequence settings in FCP? They should be set to match the settings of your footage...generally, when you attempt to add a clip to a sequence it will ask if you wish to set the sequence settings to match the footage...if not, just highlight the sequence, hit apple-0, and change the sequence settings to match (correct frame size, frame rate, and codec).