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Stevie Scarlatos
Mpeg-4 footage in f.c.p 6
on Oct 15, 2009 at 1:52:35 pm


I have some mpeg-4 footage i have to work with in fcp 6. What will be the appropriate sequence preset setting and timeline setting for me to work with because i played it in the timeline and it needed rendering. And if in finish my project and export it what will be the right export for mpeg 4?




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Tom Wolsky
Re: Mpeg-4 footage in f.c.p 6
on Oct 15, 2009 at 2:27:23 pm

What MPEG-4? Complete format details are essential, but probably the best thing to do is to convert the media to a format that FCP works with. MPEG-4 is not designed for production but for delivery. Edit in a high quality format and then export to MPEG-4 if that's what you want to delivery.


All the best,

Tom

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Stevie Scarlatos
Re: Mpeg-4 footage in f.c.p 6
on Oct 15, 2009 at 3:18:49 pm


some details..

Frame size: 1280 x 720. Vid Rate: 25 fps. Compressor: H.264. Composite : Normal. Pixel Aspect: Square.

It seems to be working ok in fcp only the audio needs rendering. So is it ok to work with this? this what i have ..

thank you


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Tom Wolsky
Re: Mpeg-4 footage in f.c.p 6
on Oct 15, 2009 at 3:27:04 pm

H.264 is not a good codec for production. You can work with if you have to, but you should be aware that it is a heavily compressed format. I don't know what you need or plan to do. I wouldn't work in it.


All the best,

Tom

Class on Demand DVDs "Complete Training for FCP6," "Basic Training for FCS2" and "Final Cut Express Made Easy"
Author: "Final Cut Pro 5 Editing Essentials" and "Final Cut Express 4 Editing Workshop"


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John Fishback
Re: Mpeg-4 footage in f.c.p 6
on Oct 15, 2009 at 8:33:38 pm

Sounds like output from a Flip camera. I recently had a client show up with Flip files. I used Compressor to convert them to ProRes so I could edit. I was happily surprised by the result. Delivery was H.264.

John

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