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Gary Boland
FCP 6.6 /Mac Pro - Sequence setting question.
on Nov 19, 2012 at 7:07:12 pm

I shoot most of my videos with a Sony HD HVR Z7U camcorder in HD to a MRC1 recording unit with a compact flash card in the raw setting not AVI. FCP recognizes the raw setting and will automatically import the footage when choosing the log and transfer file choice. The compact flash video files end in .DV. Hm?

. The camcorder is set to record in HD 1080i 30p 99% of the time. Once in a while I set it to HD 25p for a film look.

So here is the set up to my question. I take a section from one of the video clips and drop it into the timeline. The question pops up “do I want the sequence setting to match the video setting”. So I say yes. Everything looks and sounds great, and edits quickly with no initial rendering time.

Yet the sequence shows/chooses

Frame - 720x480 NTSC DV (3:2)
Pixel Aspect ratio – NTSC –CCIR/DV……. Anamorphic
Field dominance - Lower even
Editing time base 29.97
Compressor DV/DVCPRO-NTSC

Am I editing true HD footage? It sure looks HD!
If so or not, what is the best way to export my edited footage for HD cable TV programs? I’m pretty sure about compressing footage for web streaming.

Thanks
Gary

Gary Boland


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Eric Strand
Re: FCP 6.6 /Mac Pro - Sequence setting question.
on Nov 20, 2012 at 2:58:16 am

If the file extension is.dv then it is recording SD to the memory card, which is why you're timeline is SD. So no, you're not looking at HD. You're either recording 1080 60i or 1080 30p, it can't be 1080i 30p. Check the menu settings of the Recording unit, as it is likely it is downconverting your video, which is why you're editing SD. This is from one of Sony's sites:

"In addition, when the built-in down-converter of the connected HDV camcorder is active, SD images can be recorded on a CF card while HD images are recorded to tape.
HD master tape is recorded and SD movie files are created at the same time."


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Rafael Amador
Re: FCP 6.6 /Mac Pro - Sequence setting question.
on Nov 20, 2012 at 6:08:04 am

So, as Eric points out,if you want HD, download the tapes, instead of using the CF cards.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Gary Boland
Re: FCP 6.6 /Mac Pro - Sequence setting question.
on Nov 20, 2012 at 6:49:31 am

Thanks

but not true

Gary Boland


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Rafael Amador
Re: FCP 6.6 /Mac Pro - Sequence setting question.
on Nov 20, 2012 at 8:56:28 am

[Gary Boland] "but not true"
Then your FC went nuts.
I've saw many times misinterpreting field order and pixels aspect, but never misinterpreting size or codec.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Eric Strand
Re: FCP 6.6 /Mac Pro - Sequence setting question.
on Nov 20, 2012 at 3:09:36 pm

Did you check the camera settings and memory card reader to make sure the down-conversion setting isn't turned on?

If the memory recording unit is recording HDV then the file extension will be .m2t


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Gary Boland
Re: FCP 6.6 /Mac Pro - Sequence setting question.
on Nov 20, 2012 at 11:10:44 pm

Thanks

I now have the camcorder and my Sony HVR-MRC1 Recording units set correctly and my files are now being recorded in HDV and an .M2T format.

Wouldn't you know it FCP 6.6 does not recognize these files. I’m I missing something here. Do I need to covert these to files into a format FCP recognizes? (that's a small bummer) Do I need a third party software to communicate with FCP?
I read that I might need to install a Sony recording unit plug in.
I have the Sony recording unit plug-in 1.1 disk icon on my desktop. I don’t know what the next step is to make use of it, if it is needed.

Do have any insight on this? I believe I'm heading in the right direction.
Thanks

Gary Boland


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Eric Strand
Re: FCP 6.6 /Mac Pro - Sequence setting question.
on Nov 21, 2012 at 1:36:42 am

You're definitely heading in the right direction. FCP does not recognize .m2t files, you have you use Log and Transfer to bring them in. Check out the second page of this PDF, from Sony's HDV site.

http://pro.sony.com/bbsccms/assets/files/micro/hdv/downloads/product_info_H...

And here is a video tutorial.

http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/video/collections-workflow/video-hdv_hdv_workflow_...


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Rafael Amador
Re: FCP 6.6 /Mac Pro - Sequence setting question.
on Nov 21, 2012 at 1:52:04 am

Something important is that you keep untouched the card files/folder structure.
Any change will screw the option to Lg&Transfer the clips.
Have a look to this tutorial:
http://library.creativecow.net/ross_shane/tapeless-workflow_fcp-7/1
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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