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Martin McGagh
Advice on going from FCP sequence to WMV file using flip4mac?
on Mar 9, 2016 at 11:33:05 pm

Hi, I'm rushing to meet a tight deadline, I wonder can you save me some trial and error? I'm working on exporting a decent WMV file using flip4mac (basic Studio version), beginning with a QT .mov exported from FCP7. All resulting WMV's so far have been of poor quality and perhaps too small for the intended presentation mode (projected using Powerpoint). I've got Compressor 3.5.3 at my disposal also if that helps. Any tips much appreciated.


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John Rofrano
Re: Advice on going from FCP sequence to WMV file using flip4mac?
on Mar 10, 2016 at 1:30:14 am

Try SmartConverter from the Apple App Store. It's free and handles WMV files quite well. There is also a Pro version but I've never used it.

~jr

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http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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Martin McGagh
Re: Advice on going from FCP sequence to WMV file using flip4mac?
on Mar 10, 2016 at 12:53:54 pm

Thanks jr, just did a quick test and it looks like it's gonna work fine. I have one more quick question if you don't mind.. When converting to a WMV like this, what are the advised FCP sequence settings as regards Field Dominance (ie. Upper, Lower, or None) to avoid any field issues in the conversion? Perhaps lowering the frame size to 960x720 is a help in this regard also?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Advice on going from FCP sequence to WMV file using flip4mac?
on Mar 10, 2016 at 4:49:41 pm

You mention Powerpoint -- computer display. Don't use interlacing; computers don't like interlacing.

Now -- do you make 720p at 59.94, or do you make 1080p at 29.97? It depends on the needs of the presenter, I guess. I'd ask.

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


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John Rofrano
Re: Advice on going from FCP sequence to WMV file using flip4mac?
on Mar 10, 2016 at 8:13:19 pm

[Dave LaRonde] "Don't use interlacing; computers don't like interlacing."
+1

Yea, interlacing is only for broadcast or DVD playback on an interlaced TV. All web media and computer playback should be rendered progressive (no fields).
[Martin McGagh] "Perhaps lowering the frame size to 960x720 is a help in this regard also?"
Most Windows computers should be able to handle 720p. I would not use 1080 as this can stutter on some older systems.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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Martin McGagh
Re: Advice on going from FCP sequence to WMV file using flip4mac?
on Mar 10, 2016 at 11:11:10 pm

Thanks jr, much appreciated.


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