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Devin Mclaughlin
FCP to Apple Color workflow
on Nov 10, 2011 at 4:32:41 am

I am using FCP 6 to Apple Color 1.0.4
I find that when I have a lot of "fast cuts" in my sequence, Color tends to interpret some of these "cuts" as much longer clips.
This creates the problem of unruly long RENDER times in Color.
The sequence is very short, and the majority of sections with effects are baked .mov.
Everything is on the first video track.
Some of the in and out DURATION TIMES for the shots in COLOR are
way different than what they are in my FCP timeline.
In COLOR : I will have some shots that are like one second, (TRUE), and then some shots that are like five minutes (FALSE) - thus creating the unusually long RENDER times for such a short sequence.
I am trying to figure out a workflow in FCP that allows for easier RENDER times in COLOR when dealing with "fast cuts" compiled from just a few different .mov clips.
I know my software is out of date.

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Shane Ross
Re: FCP to Apple Color workflow
on Nov 10, 2011 at 8:08:00 am

What is the codec you are dealing with? Do you have any speed changes in there? Does your footage have reel numbers?


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Devin Mclaughlin
Re: FCP to Apple Color workflow
on Nov 10, 2011 at 4:58:02 pm

using apple pro ress 422, no speed changes, no reel numbers

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Neil Patience
Re: FCP to Apple Color workflow
on Nov 10, 2011 at 8:47:13 pm

It sounds like you have followed most of the "rules" by baking and having no speed changes.
However no reel numbers/names on your clips may be upsetting things.

I would suggest that you add a reel number to your clips before sending to Color.

Add a number to each reel as appropriate - see if that helps.

I have seen issues with sequences with large numbers of cuts but not easy to say how "large" is too large.

You say its short so this probably does not apply but if it is more than about 20 mins long might want to break it up. If you really have a huge number of cuts in a shorter sequence it may also be worth trying to send it it two halves.

Many of these problems are fixed in v7.03 but I guess thats not an option for you.

best wishes

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Rafael Amador
Re: FCP to Apple Color workflow
on Nov 11, 2011 at 1:08:25 am

[Devin Mclaughlin] "I am using FCP 6 "
FC6, which version?
6.0 existed just for few days, was full of bugs.
6.1 the same.
6.3 the same.
I remember on of them (don't remember which one) sent to Color with all the cuts wrong.

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