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Bobby Hall
Mixing frame rates in FCP 7
on May 8, 2016 at 9:58:55 pm
Last Edited By Bobby Hall on May 8, 2016 at 10:00:03 pm

I'm creating my editing reel in FCP 7 and I have some footage that's 29.97 fps and some that's 23.98 fps. I've heard you shouldn't mix frame rates in FCP 7 due to sync issues, but if it's just a short video does it matter? If I don't notice any sync problems then is it okay to mix frame rates? And could there be dropped frames?


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Shane Ross
Re: Mixing frame rates in FCP 7
on May 9, 2016 at 1:16:28 am

FCP doesn't lose sync..what it does is not add or remove pulldown properly. Depends on what the video is for. Demo Reels I don't worry too much about it. Broadcast or web professional delivery, I convert files outside of FCP first, then import.

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Bobby Hall
Re: Mixing frame rates in FCP 7
on May 9, 2016 at 6:38:16 am

I see. Thanks!


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Bobby Hall
Re: Mixing frame rates in FCP 7
on May 17, 2016 at 5:20:43 am
Last Edited By Bobby Hall on May 17, 2016 at 5:23:05 am

Half of my footage is 1920x1080 Prores 422 HQ .mov square pixels and the other half is 720x480 29.97 .mov rectangular pixels (ripped from DVDs). Some of the DVD footage is from a 4:3 DVD and the other is from a 16:9 DVD.

I'd like to create a sequence using the settings of the 1920x1080 footage but change the frame rate to 29.97.

How do I create a sequence that will best fit both types? Thanks.


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Shane Ross
Re: Mixing frame rates in FCP 7
on May 17, 2016 at 5:12:53 pm

1920x1080 29.97 is a standard timeline settings. Should be easily choosable in the EASY SETUPS. Do that, then make a new sequence.

What is the frame rate of your 1920x1080 footage? Is it 23.98? If your deliverable is 29.97 INTERLACED, then you are in luck...there's a good solution for converting. 29.97 Progressive..if this is a web deliverable...there is no good solution. Frames will be added oddly and it'll have an odd cadence...nothing can really be done about that short of a hardware conversion.

Shane
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Bobby Hall
Re: Mixing frame rates in FCP 7
on May 17, 2016 at 10:33:51 pm

Oops, forgot to mention that. My ProRes HQ footage is 23.98. This is a demo reel that'll go on the web.

I already created a new sequence and changed the settings to 1920x1080, 29.97, ProRes HQ. Is there a difference between between creating a new sequence and changing its settings as opposed to doing the easy setup instead?

And does it matter if the sequence settings codec is ProRes 422 HQ or the regular ProRes 422? The 1920x1080 footage is HQ and the 720x480 stuff isn't.


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Shane Ross
Re: Mixing frame rates in FCP 7
on May 18, 2016 at 12:03:17 am

[Bobby Hall] "Is there a difference between between creating a new sequence and changing its settings as opposed to doing the easy setup instead?"

Nope...the other way is just easier.


[Bobby Hall] "And does it matter if the sequence settings codec is ProRes 422 HQ or the regular ProRes 422?"

HQ takes up more space. Since this is a reel for the web, 422 would be fine. HQ is 50% larger.

Shane
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Bobby Hall
Re: Mixing frame rates in FCP 7
on May 18, 2016 at 12:21:27 am

Thanks very much for your help!


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