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Jerry Jones
Clip format problem
on Mar 6, 2015 at 6:10:42 pm

Am doing a a video for a friend's funeral TOMORROW! (Am a long-time user of FCP - but this has me stumped.)

Am working with FCP 7.0.3

PROBLEM
1) Have dropped in my clips on timeline
2) Clips are not all same format
3) Is there a quick way to make all clips same format?

- Everything was shot on Panasonic AG90
- I captured clips using Log & Transfer
- 3/4 of clips are ok, but the remainder are either too large or too small - and sometimes distorted.
- I made no changes in clip or sequence settings during any phase of this process.
- I have been reading this forum (plus other things online) but have still not found a way to fix this.
- I have looked at both clip & sequence settings and can find no noticeable differences in settings.

If you have any suggestions on this, I would be very grateful to hear from you ASAP. Funeral is tomorrow.

Thank you.

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Clip format problem
on Mar 6, 2015 at 6:40:01 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Mar 6, 2015 at 6:42:12 pm

"Format" is a very nebulous term.

What does it mean: codec?
Media container (e.g. avi, qt, mp4)
Horizontal/vertical dimensions?
Pixel aspect ratio? (e.g. wide vs skinny pixels)
Screen aspect ratio (e.g. 16x9 vs. 4x3)
Frame rate?

What are your specs for final delivery? Let's work backwards from there.

Dave LaRonde
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Jerry Jones
Re: Clip format problem
on Mar 6, 2015 at 9:33:20 pm

Thanks, Dave. Kind of you.
- Final out put will be DVD
- Trying to get everything compatible with the following:
- HDV 1080 p24
- Frame: 1440 x 1080
- Pixel aspect: HD Anamorphic 1080

But for some reason, a couple of the clips ended up on the timeline larger and slightly distorted. (Again, I brought them in all from same camera and made no changes in settings. So a bit of a mystery.)

I had already started editing before I realized the problem. If there is anyway to fix this (either via sequence and/or clips).

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Clip format problem
on Mar 6, 2015 at 10:48:11 pm

If they were all brought in at the same time and under the same circumstances -- and you don't futz with basic camera settings -- you can try this:
In the timeline, highlight a good clip. Go Edit>Copy. Then Highlight a bad clip. Go Edit>Paste Attributes.

If the clips are indeed the same dimensions, the bad clip should become a good clip.

When the time comes to make the DVD, DO NOT make a 24P DVD. Make it 29.97.

I'll bet your footage is at 29.97, meaning that you didn't remove the pulldown, and I'll also bet you didn't cut in a 23.976 (aka 23.98) timeline. It's too late in the game to mess with that stuff. Go with 29.97 and you should be okay.

Dave LaRonde
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Nick Meyers
Re: Clip format problem
on Mar 8, 2015 at 6:14:06 pm

or more simple:

select all the odd looking clips, right click, and REMOVE attributes.

they should have a green or grey render line above them... do they?



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