I am using fcp 5 on an old mac (Power Mac G5 Quad, PowerPC G5 (1.1) processor, 2.5 GHz, 4 CPUs, 8GB of memory). Operating system is Mac OS X Version 10.5.8. The camera person told me I should use the settings for HDV1080 60i. His camera creates .mts files which had to be converted to .mov files (I couldn't even get a converter file to work on my mac since I don't have an Intel processor; the camera person got a converter program and gave me the .mov files which I imported into Final Cut.) The problem is that the files play more slowly than real time, skipping frames and the audio is out of sync. Is there something I can do to address this problem so that I can edit, or is my oomputer just too old for HD video files?
I learned editing on Avid several years ago and am getting back into editing now. I haven't used fcp very much in the past.
What format of .MOV files did he convert them to? .MOV is a can...a container. It contains one of dozens of codecs...DV, HDV, ProRes, Animation, DVCPRO HD...the list goes on and on and on. What did he convert the .mts files too?
.MTS, by the way, indicates that his camera shoots AVCHD...a format that your version of FCP cannot deal with, as that format came out years AFTER FCP 5 was introduced. And yes, you need an Intel Mac to convert AVCHD to anything really. And FCP 5 doesn't work with ProRes, the default codec to convert it too.
Is your machine too old for HD video? no. Just current HD formats. It works fine with HDV and DVCPRO HD. But not AVCHD, RED, AVCIntra, H.264 from DSLR cameras, XDCAM... It's pretty old.