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Dan McGuire
Compressor or log and transfer for various footage?
on Jun 11, 2014 at 8:11:43 pm

I still work in FCP7, and I understand that it does not handle .MTS files that are native to my canon xa10. So I run the footage through the program CLIPWRAP that turns them in to Prores Files, which FCP7 handles well.

The problem is that I am using footage from a Canon 5dMii. I use FCP7's Log and Transfer program to convert them to Prores, but the files are still quite different.

The MTS files, once converted via clipwrap to ProRes, now have these specs:

Apple ProRes 422, 1440 x 1080 (1888 x 1062), Millions
24-bit Integer (Little Endian), Stereo (L R), 48.000 kHz
FPS 29.97
Normal Size: 1440 X 1080 pixels
Current Size:853 X 638 pixels

The 5d Clips, once converted to Prores by Log and Transfer in FCP7, have these specs:

Apple ProRes 422, 1920 x 1080, Millions
16-bit Integer (Little Endian), Left, 48.000 kHz
16-bit Integer (Little Endian), Right, 48.000 kHz
FPS 29.97
Normal Size: 1920 X 1080 pixels
Current Size:1134 X 638 pixels

The MTS origin files are HD (1440 x 1080)
The Canon 5D origin files are "Square Pixel" and are 1920 X 1080

SO I REALLY NEED HELP!
How can I get the Canon 5d files transcoded to match the specs of the files from my XA10 - the formerly .MTS files?
Can Compressor do this? There doesn't seem to be a setting to change "Square pixel" in Compressor.
The .MTS files are squashed, but seem to output at the proper aspect ratio.

I want the audio to be the same format as well.

The files will all drop in a timeline, but I want to avoid all the rendering.

Can anyone walk me through this before I step out on a ledge?

Many many thanks, and I'd be happy to tip someone via paypal if they can explain it to me.

Yours
DAN MCGUIRE


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Michael Cheung
Re: Compressor or log and transfer for various footage?
on Jun 12, 2014 at 8:32:44 am

So, looking here..

http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Camcorders/professional/XA10...

It appears that you have the choice to record at full HD or at 1440 (HDV native). But that won't help you now as it's in the can.

What may help you is a step by step guide on converting in compressor. Compressor has its faults for sure but usually does the job pretty well.

http://slugfilm.ucsc.edu/production_support/?page_id=4523

Hope this helps and take a look at your cameras settings to ensure you shoot at 1920x1080.


Michael


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Dan McGuire
Re: Compressor or log and transfer for various footage?
on Jun 12, 2014 at 1:58:32 pm

Thank you so much, Micheal. I did not realize that the quality settings in the xa10 actually sets dimensions of the frames. I have to shoot everything in highest quality mode if I want to cut the canon 5d footage into it.
So right now I have a ton of xa10 footage which is 1440 x 1080 and 5D footage which is 1920 x 1080

Does it make sense to upscale the xa10 footage to 1920x1080? Is that even possible in Compressor?

Thanks again.
DAN


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Shane Ross
Re: Compressor or log and transfer for various footage?
on Jun 13, 2014 at 7:10:18 pm

NO need for this at all. Just use a 1920x1080 ProRes 422 sequence...drop a converted 5D clip into an empty sequence and let it conform it. Then add the AVCHD footage. it's anamorphic, so FCP will unsqueeze it and make it fill the full 1920x1080 frame. No need to reconvert anything.

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Michael Cheung
Re: Compressor or log and transfer for various footage?
on Jun 12, 2014 at 2:03:13 pm

Sure, just follow the instructions in the link that I sent. Force the geometric settings to be 1920x1080.

According to Canon the following camera settings are available:

AVCHD (all modes variable bit rate, 4:2:0 colour sampling)
MXP: 1920x1080, 24Mbps;
FXP: 1920x1080, 17Mbps;
XP+: 1440x1080, 12Mbps;
SP: 1440x1080, 7Mbps;
LP: 1440x1080, 5Mbps

I don't know what MXP and FXP stand for, but looking at the data rate I'd say that is the one you want.

Michael


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