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Steven Cohen
Create an MXF file out of FCP6 or Compressor 3
on Jun 5, 2015 at 5:45:03 pm

As the title says I need to create an MXF file out of FCP6 or Compressor 3 for file delivery to LifeTime.

I tried using XDCam Transfer Tool and the Export MXF option in final cut and the output options were locked. There was no way to customize them from what I saw.

LifeTime have very specific specs and I can't seem to find an option that allows me to set the specs I need and export as an actual MXF extension file.

LifeTimes's specs are...
Type: MXF OP1a (internal/self-contained) Wrapper Format
Resolution: 1920x1080
Video Compression Codec: XDCAM HD for NLE Record Format
Container: .mxf
Frame Rate: 29.97/1080i
Scanning Format: Interlaced
Video Bitrate: 50 Mbps Long GOP
GOP Length: 12
Bit depth: 8bit
Chroma: 4:2:2
Audio: PCM
Audio Sample Rate: 48kHz
Audio Bitrate: 16bit
Audio Configuration: 8 total audio channels, 1 channel per stream – 2 channel stereo on 1 & 2, 3-6 MOS
Closed Captioning/VANC Type: SMPTE 436M Track with 300 bytes per frame

I can change a lot of option in FCP or Compressor, but the file is exported as an MXF in a QT wrapper.

If I try to change the extension to MXF afterwards it doesn't work.

I tried Adobe Media Encoder too and I can not change the audio setting they are set at Uncompressed Stereo 24bit.

Steve.


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Shane Ross
Re: Create an MXF file out of FCP6 or Compressor 3
on Jun 5, 2015 at 7:18:14 pm

Sorry...you can't do it with the software you mentioned. It's too old to meet those specs. Best bet is to export a self contained QT file, and take it to a post facility that does this...like AlphaDogs in Burbank, or Fancy Film in Los Feliz.

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Steven Cohen
Re: Create an MXF file out of FCP6 or Compressor 3
on Jun 5, 2015 at 7:23:13 pm

Thanks Shane.

I did do it before, about 2 years ago when Lifetime was first talking about doing file based delivery and they said I got very close to what they wanted, but I can't for the life of me remember what I did or what program I used.

Suck getting old and losing your memory.

Steve.


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Steven Cohen
Re: Create an MXF file out of FCP6 or Compressor 3
on Jun 5, 2015 at 8:01:13 pm

Thanks Shane.

Can it be done in FCP 7 or the version of Compressor that is in that suite?

I took a look at Adobe Media Encoder in the Creative Cloud suite and the list of options was far greater, but still my only choice of audio output was Uncompressed. I could choose the number of tracks and whether it was 16 or 24 bit, but I can't change it to PCM.

Steve.


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Patrick Fleming
Re: Create an MXF file out of FCP6 or Compressor 3
on Jun 5, 2015 at 9:58:53 pm

The way you do it is FILE -> EXPORT -> Sony XDCAM Browser

If you haven't lo0aded the Sony XDCAM Transfer program and the Sony XDCAM Browser program, you will only see Sony XDCAM... in the Export menu.

These can be found here:
http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/micro-xdcamexsite/resource.downloads

I can now export to XDCAM BUT!!! I get additional black added to the footage - like 2 to 4 times as much as the original footage. I would be interested to see if you get the same.


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Steven Cohen
Re: Create an MXF file out of FCP6 or Compressor 3
on Jun 8, 2015 at 3:18:21 pm

Thanks Patrick, but that didn't work as you described.

I installed XDCam Browser and still don't see it in the File>Export options.
I only have File>Export>Sony XDCAM.



I even rebooted the system after the install.

I know it's installed because I can see it i n Applications and even open it, but I can't bring and MOV of the final show into it to convert and export.

Steve.


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Patrick Fleming
Re: Create an MXF file out of FCP6 or Compressor 3
on Jun 8, 2015 at 5:55:14 pm

Steve,

OK. On my 2 Macs, in my haste, I installed 3 of Sony's programs. I'm not sure which one, or if all of them collectively, give you the "Sony XDCAM Browser" option:

XDCAM Browser 2_1
PDZK-P1 XDCAM Transfer v2_13_0
Log and Transfer Plug-in Version 1.2 For Apple Final Cut Pro 7

These are all on that same Sony Micro Site XDCAM Page.

Hopefully, that should work. If it does, could you tell me if extra black footage is added to your clips? Like 2x to 4x's as much as the original?

Thanks! hope it works!
Patrick


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Steven Cohen
Re: Create an MXF file out of FCP6 or Compressor 3
on Jun 8, 2015 at 6:21:15 pm

I had XDCAM Browser 2_6 and PDZK-P1 XDCAM Transfer v2_13_0 installed.

I just downloaded and installed Log and Transfer Plug-in Version 1.2 it does not specify for FCP 6 or 7.

I'm running 6 and it installed fine.

I rebooted the computer after the install and still no FILE -> EXPORT -> Sony XDCAM Browser.

I promise if I ever get it figured out, I'll let you know if it adds extra black.

Steve.


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Patrick Fleming
Re: Create an MXF file out of FCP6 or Compressor 3
on Jun 8, 2015 at 7:08:04 pm

Steve,

It may be because it's FCP 6. Somewhere along the way, the Sony site says it's for FCP 7 or 10.

Sadly, that may now be a different issue for you.

Though I may be in the same boat as many other 3rd party apps require OSX 10.9 or higher, of which FCP 7 will not work anymore...

Patrick


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