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David Urbina
Converting Mezzanine files to Pro Res
on Nov 3, 2014 at 11:27:06 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm working for a client who needs a movie promo reel done, however the material I need to pull from only exists in the form of MP4 "mezzanine" files, which I believe is a sort of delivery file. Each mezzanine file contains one 90 minute movie and is about 30 gigs.

I know I can't edit with these in FCP, they'll barely play back at speed in the viewer, and I know I need to convert them to prores. My question is: what is the best conversion workflow for editing with mezzanine files?

Anyone out there that can help?

Thanks
David


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Shane Ross
Re: Converting Mezzanine files to Pro Res
on Nov 4, 2014 at 12:09:11 am

Compressor has presets. Use those. Choose the one that matches the frame type of the original...interlaced or ProGressive. Guessing progressive as web files like MP4 are only progressive.

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David Urbina
Re: Converting Mezzanine files to Pro Res
on Nov 4, 2014 at 1:15:32 am

Thanks Shane. Do you know if there is any difference between a regular MP4 and a Mezzanine MP4? Or are they basically the same? Is it fine to just convert to prores via compressor? So far it looks like it's going to be a total of 8 hours to convert.

Thank you


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Shane Ross
Re: Converting Mezzanine files to Pro Res
on Nov 4, 2014 at 1:32:14 am

[David Urbina] "Do you know if there is any difference between a regular MP4 and a Mezzanine MP4? "

Mezzanine tends to have a higher data rate...be cleaner. Higher quality.

[David Urbina] "Is it fine to just convert to prores via compressor?"

Yes.

[David Urbina] "So far it looks like it's going to be a total of 8 hours to convert."

for 90 min? The estimates aren't always accurate...but that could be right. Might want to do a test of a small section...you can set IN and OUT points. See if it looks good.

Shane
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David Urbina
Re: Converting Mezzanine files to Pro Res
on Nov 4, 2014 at 1:33:56 am

Good man. Thanks for the help.


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