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Niklas Wikman
Mixed footage in FCP timeline
on Jan 19, 2015 at 12:09:24 pm

Hi guys,

I have mixed footage (DVCPro50 PAL SD and 720P50 PAL, DVCProHD) that needs to look good on the timeline.

What's the best way to go to get a result that will work, primarily on the web?

My thinking is that it's better to downscale the HD to SD. But there's still the issue with progressive versus interlaced...

Most of the footage is SD.

Somewhere in the back of my head I have this feeling that FCP is rather bad in scaling video, and that the best practice is to transcode either SD or HD, prior to put them on the timeline.

My idea is to transcode the footage to a separate folder, and then use "Reconnect media) and point to the folder with the transcoded footage.

Any help/thoughts/tips/workflows are greatly appreciated!

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Shane Ross
Re: Mixed footage in FCP timeline
on Jan 19, 2015 at 9:33:43 pm

SD is really old hat lately. Even if most of what you shot is SD, exporting it SD for the web isn't the best...IMHO. I've done more than a couple docs where I upscaled DV footage to HD, even though the films were 90% SD.

Here's what I suggest. Separate the SD footage from the HD in the timeline. Duplicate the timeline first..then bring all the SD footage to an upper level. Once you do that, duplicate it again, and in that duplicate, delete all the other clips from the sequence...have only SD in that timeline. Use the Media manager to COPY the clips...but trim them...and have 30-45 frame handles.

Take the resulting files into Compressor. Upscale them to 720p ProRes. Turn on the Frame controls and set them all to BEST, and DEINTERLACE. Set it up so the converted files go to another location. YOu'll have to make a custom setting for this on one clip, and apply to all. And make sure that the clip names are left added "ProRes 720p HQ" on the tail of every clip.

Now...take the SD files offline. Then relink the last sequence you made...the media managed the new HD footage. They will be bigger and fill the screen, as the sequence is SD. Make a new sequence that matches the settings of these clips, then copy and paste the clips in the sequence to this new sequence. REMOVE attributes on the clips. Add the other HD footage to this by copy and pasting...keeping the same edit order. Done.

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Niklas Wikman
Re: Mixed footage in FCP timeline
on Jan 21, 2015 at 11:16:32 am


Thank you masses for the instructions. However, I really want this to work out and some of the instructions are still a bit unclear to me...

Can you perhaps clarify a bit, being a little more detailed in what to do?

What puzzles me is that you suggest ProRes422, but the HD is DVCProHD? But perhaps mixing ProRes422 and DVCProHD is no worries? (Not sure that Compressor can transcode to DVCProHD).

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