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Graham Frassinelli
Any way to salvage FCP 7 project using MPEG-2?
on Sep 23, 2014 at 10:30:26 pm

I have been using Final Cut Pro 7 for projects for quite a few years now, and, even after using it for this long I was not aware that it couldn't handle MPEG-2 files and derivatives (I guess it just never came up...). Recently I started working on a project and foolishly transported it by converting the clips into .m2v files through Compressor. Now I can open the project, fully edited, for about a second before it crashes. I ran it through Pro Maintenance and it said that the crashes were due to the aforementioned .m2v files.

I guess my question is: Is there any way to salvage my project? The only thing I can think of at this point is to use MPEG Streamclip to convert all of the .m2v files and then start again from scratch. I would really like to not have to do that.


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Shane Ross
Re: Any way to salvage FCP 7 project using MPEG-2?
on Sep 23, 2014 at 11:22:09 pm

Well, you can convert the files and then try to relink to the converted ones. But unless the timecode is exactly the same, that'll be spotty. But it's worth a shot.

FCP only works with MOV files...and only those with a codec you see listed in the EASY SETUPS. You need to convert the files to ProRes 422, or ProRes LT.

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