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Lucy Mal
FCP7 Clip settings don't match easy setup
on Feb 18, 2015 at 11:27:23 am

Hi - apologies if this is a basic Final Cut questions. I am cutting a short film. It was shot on Canon XF305, i've ingested these rushes using XF utility and the plugin to get it into FCP7.0.

I've had to copy the whole project and all its files onto a new, bigger drive. I did this through media manager (thanks to the help on this and other forums) but I've just noticed that the easy set up settings for the whole project are different from the clip settings. I set the easy set up as apple pro res but it seems to be Apple pro res 422 1440x1080 24p 48kHz, Device preset: Sony HDV Firewire, Edit to tape/PTV Output video HDV (1440 x 1080) 24p/60i. My rushes are 1980x1080 50i and I don't think there was any other setting in easy setting that matched them apart from pro res 422.

What can I do about this? I don't want to have problems when I'm importing the finished project out of Final Cut pro.

Any help greatly appreciated


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Jorn Bergmans
Re: FCP7 Clip settings don't match easy setup
on Feb 18, 2015 at 4:11:24 pm

Hello Lucy,

Not all the settings all video can have are covered in the Easy Setup for fcp 7. You can, however, adjust your timeline to match the settings of your video. The Easy Setup is only a preset that will grab a default setting for any sequence you create within that project.
The Easy Setup preset you selected was based off HDV material, which is Anamorphic, and thus comes out as 1440*1080, which stretches to be 1920 when the Anamorphic flag is ticked. (turning 4:3 footage into 16:9 footage, essentially)

The easy way to adjust the timeline settings is by dragging a clip from your rushes into your timeline. FCP will ask if you want to adjust your settings to whatever your footage is exported as. This usually works fine, but it never hurts to know which setting is what, and where to adjust them.

So to set things up manually, we can create a new sequence, and set it up by going into the "Sequence - Settings..." menu (default cmd-0), which will pop up a menu allowing you to adjust your timeline.

In your case, where your rushes were made ProRes 422 1080i50 the settings from top to bottom would be

Frame Size: HDTV 1080i (16:9)
Pixel Aspect Ratio: in the case of 1920*1080 video almost always Square Pixels
Field Dominance: You'd have to check, usually Upper Field First (the 'i' in 50i means interlaced, which means the frames a split up into two fields with interlacing image lines. One of these fields is drawn first - either the odd or the even numbers, followed by the second field in the other 1/50th of a second. You can check this by right clicking a clip in your bins and reading it's Item Properties)
Editing Timebase: 25fps - your footage is 50i meaning 50 fields per second, which makes for 25 full frames per second.

After setting this up, your footage and timeline settings should match, which will help with rendertimes and exports. If set up properly, your timeline should show no colored bars at the top (meaning the footage does not need to be rendered as the timeline is already in the right setting to play the footage dragged onto it)
Hope this helps!

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Lucy Mal
Re: FCP7 Clip settings don't match easy setup
on Feb 18, 2015 at 7:56:15 pm

Thanks so much Jorn - that seems to have done the trick. It's weird though because when I click command 0 on the sequence that doesn't match the clip settings, it is set to those settings. But I've got a feeling I set this up after I'd put clips into the sequence.

On another forum someone wrote this as the fix, which seems long-winded. Is it necessary?

'Well, you have a lot of work ahead of you. Sorry about this.

Step 1: Make a new sequence.

Step 2: Add one of the clips of your footage to that empty sequence. When FCP asks "Do you want the sequence settings to match the clip settings?" Click YES. Remove that clip.

Step 3: Now, open the other sequence, select all...and COPY. Go to the new sequence and select PASTE.

You'll now notice that there are a lot of gaps between many of the cuts. This is because of the frame rate difference. Also, pretty much every clip will have a numerical value in the DISTORT field in the MOTION tab...between 12% to 25%.

Step 4: You'll have to remove the distort by highlighting all your clips, and right-clicking choosing the REMOVE ATTRIBUTES option, and choose DISTORT. That's the easy part.

Step 5: Manually fix every gap...and make sure your audio is all in sync, that nothing slipped. How long this takes depends on how long your sequence is.

Good luck'

Thanks again for your help.

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