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raju bhai
converting a 640x480 video so it fits into a 1280x720 timeline sequence on FCP7
on Feb 6, 2015 at 11:17:43 pm

Hi, i started with footage from an iphone 4 which was in 1280x720. So i transcoded the clips in Compressor to prores 422 (LT) with the exact same frame rate and frame size (1280x720). Everything's fine.
But now i want to import footage from a point and shoot camera that is in 640x480 size. I used the same droplet as my iphone footage to convert the point and shoot shots to prores 422 LT as well. However, the new footage didn't convert to 1280x720. Rather, it remained at 640x480, and for this reason when I drop the new clips into the timeline they require rendering since it's a 1280x720 timeline. How can I convert the frame rate of the point and shoot camera footage from 640x480 so it can be used alongside the iphone HD footage in the same timeline?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: converting a 640x480 video so it fits into a 1280x720 timeline sequence on FCP7
on Feb 6, 2015 at 11:55:22 pm

If it's 16x9 -- or if it's 4x3 and you don't care if it looks stretched horizontally -- use Compressor to convert it.

You can also do the frame rate conversion in Compressor... but since you didn't say anything about the frame rates you're dealing with, we can't tell you for ceertain if you need to do that.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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raju bhai
Re: converting a 640x480 video so it fits into a 1280x720 timeline sequence on FCP7
on Feb 7, 2015 at 12:06:29 am

Dave, the frame RATE is totally fine, most of the footage is 29.97 so i am converting everything to conform to that frame rate. No problems there.
The problem is with the frame SIZE of the new footage I have which is in 640x480. (Remember, most of my other footage is from an iphone4 at 1280x720 so this new footage needs to conform to that frame rate). I don't mind if the new video footage gets stretched. However, I don't know how to convert the frame size from 640x480 to 1280x720. If i don't convert it, then I will have to render it every time and that is too much of a pain. So I want to convert it. However, when I transcode to prores422 LT there is nowhere in the edit box where i can see that i am able to change the frame size. Everything else can be converted but for some reason i can't find out what to select in Compressor to change the fame size. Please let me know thanks.


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Shane Ross
Re: converting a 640x480 video so it fits into a 1280x720 timeline sequence on FCP7
on Feb 7, 2015 at 1:03:04 am

IN COMPRESSOR, you need to go to the GEOMETRY TAB in the Inspector and change it to the size you want. Might also need to do it in another section...second tab from the left in the inspector, click on VIDEO SETTINGS...and adjust the size in there too.

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