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Fabio Basone
Sequence settings for iPhone 4
on Nov 27, 2011 at 5:34:19 pm

Hello

I haven't used FCP in a long time and i'm looking for some advice / tips.

Using FCP 6.06 on a MacBook Pro (4gb RAM / 2.6Ghz Dual Core Processor)

1. I was wondering what sequence settings people would recommend when editing a short 5 min film for web based platforms using mixed media, most of which is shot on iPhone 4 (720p @ 24fps / H.264).

2. If the final output is likely to be less than 1280x720 (iPhone) is it possible to use a smaller frame size in the sequence settings (i.e. 720x480) so that i can PAN / SCAN footage without loss of quality?

3. If the timeline is likely to contain mixed media formats - what baring does this have on Sequence settings? Would it be better to conform everything to ProRes, example?

Any other advice would be much appreciated..

Thank you

Fabio


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Sequence settings for iPhone 4
on Nov 27, 2011 at 6:31:31 pm

You cannot simply edit the MP4 material. First, you will need to transcode it to ProRes, as MP4 is not an editing codec in FCP.

Yes, you could edit in a ProRes seq set to SD pixel dimensions if you really think that repositioning trumps resolution.

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Fabio Basone
Re: Sequence settings for iPhone 4
on Nov 27, 2011 at 6:49:48 pm

Well, FCP happily accepts MP4 format without transcoding it's just what might work better.


I don't think i ever mentioned that i thought "repositioning trumps resolution". From what i understand, if the output resolution is going to be smaller than 1280x720 then I wouldn't lose quality by using a smaller frame size in the seq. settings and up scaling etc.
But does FCP just 'shrink' the image if i chose a smaller frame size with the same aspect ratio or is there something else happening?


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Sequence settings for iPhone 4
on Nov 27, 2011 at 7:59:00 pm

Fabio,

I'm one of nine FCP forum leaders on the Creative Cow, and I would not waste my time or yours telling you to transcode from MP4 to another format just for kicks. All you have to do is search the forum and you'll find hundreds of posts all on the same subject and all in complete agreement.

I'm sorry I took the time out of my weekend to try to help you, do you're on your own now. Go ahead and edit the MP4 video on any timeline you please and just wait to see what happens a few minutes into your edit or when you add effects or color correction. I only wish I could be there to see your face when you hit the wall.

I wish you the best of luck.

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
http://www.drwfilms.com

Don't miss my new Creative Cow Podcast: Bringing "The Whale" to the Big Screen:
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Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Business & Marketing and Apple Final Cut Pro forums.


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Fabio Basone
Re: Sequence settings for iPhone 4
on Nov 28, 2011 at 1:13:18 pm

Wow David...you have an interesting attitude. Hope that's working well for you.

Thanks anyway

Fabio


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