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Rob Randall
FCP 7 importing DV at wrong frame rate
on Apr 6, 2016 at 7:24:30 pm

I'm using FCP 7 to import some old DV tapes into my 2011 MBP. The first 40 tapes imported fine, but the last 15 or so, some of the the frame rates are not 29.97. They are random ranging from 14 something to 29.6. The tapes themselves are fine and in sync. They import fine into FCP X, Quicktime 7 and Quicktime X. I really want to use FCP 7 because it's the only way that I can to find to import the entire tape without it getting cut into clips (FCP X), or aborting at dropped frames (Quicktime). If I run a test of a minute or so, it captures properly at 29.97. When I capture the entire tape, it's out. My hard drive has plenty of space. I even tried making a new user on my MBP to eliminate a User issue.

Any ideas,
Thanks,

Rob


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Dave LaRonde
Re: FCP 7 importing DV at wrong frame rate
on Apr 6, 2016 at 8:41:35 pm

It sounds like big time code breaks. That's a guess -- we know nothing about they way time code was recorded on these tapes. Depending on the time code, you may have to resort to capturing a clip at a time.

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


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Nick Meyers
Re: FCP 7 importing DV at wrong frame rate
on Apr 7, 2016 at 1:58:07 am

I've had some clips with similarly weird frame rates.
they've been things sourced from youtube or similar, and run thought compressor,
and our fix was to simply run them through Cinema Tool and "conform" them back to their real frame rate.
worked fine for us,
but then, your situation is slightly different (capture from tape)

you should make a copy of one of your files and test it.


nick


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Rob Randall
Re: FCP 7 importing DV at wrong frame rate
on Apr 7, 2016 at 2:06:28 pm

Thanks. How would I go about using Cinema Tools to change the frame rate?


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Nick Meyers
Re: FCP 7 importing DV at wrong frame rate
on Apr 7, 2016 at 10:41:07 pm

for individual files open the file in CT,
click the "conform" button lower right of window,
chose a frame rate

for groups for files,
open CT,
under "File" menu ( i think) find Batch Conform.

the conform process is instantaneous.
it nearly re-writes a line of code to give the file a new frame rate.

as i say do a test on a COPY of one file first



cheers,
nick


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