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Michael Harvey
MTS files to FCP
on Jan 18, 2014 at 10:23:34 pm

Hi,
I'm a newbie and have been struggling with this for a few days, so I would really appreciate some advice.

My question is this:
I have shot footage in 24p with a prosumer camcorder and it gave me MTS files.
I am converting to ProresLT and for some reason, it's showing up at 29.97. Will I lose the "film" look I have gone after since I shot in 24p? How about when I do slow motion in FCP? Will that look worse in 29.97?

Here is the full story:

The MTS files are on my PC. The directory from the camera no longer directory exists, so I cant bring them into FCP directly.

I edit in FCP6 on an IMAC (MAC OSX 10.5.8), so MTS files have to be converted to something that will work in FCP and moved over to MAC from the PC.

Please note I have no budget so need to do this without buying additional software. i need to do it using free software only. I am also limited in not having an external harddrive to transfer from PC to MAC, but I have workarounds for all those issues.

The best way I have found to do this is using FREE MTS CONVERTER to convert to proresLT which I thought would be a good format to work from. ( I can change it if necessary).

The files end up being huge in ProresLT, over 5gb each.

So now I use FREE VIDEO CUTTER to cut the files small enough (under 5 gb) that I can move them to the MAC with a USB drive or DVDs.

So again, My question is this:
I have shot footage in 24p with a prosumer camcorder and it gave me MTS files.
I am converting to ProresLT and for some reason, it's showing up at 29.97. Will I lose the "film" look I have gone after since I shot in 24p? How about when I do slow motion in FCP? Will that look worse in 29.97?

Any better ideas given my limitations...?

thanks so much,
Michael


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John Fishback
Re: MTS files to FCP
on Jan 19, 2014 at 10:16:28 pm

It's possible your converter added pulldown so you have 24 within 29.97 which would retain the film look. This is always done on a DVD which only accepts 29.97 video. Have you tried networking the 2 computers so you can exchange files that way?

John

MacPro 8-core 2.8GHz, 16 GB RAM, OS 10.8.4, QT10.1, Kona 3, Dual Cinema 23, ATI Radeon HD 5870, 24" TV-Logic Monitor, ATTO ExpressSAS R380 RAID Adapter, PDE enclosure with 8-drive 6TB RAID 5
FCS 3 (FCP 7.0.3, Motion 4.0.3, Comp 3.5.3, DVDSP 4.2.2, Color 1.5.3)
FCP-X 10.0.9, Motion 5.0.7, Compressor 4.0.7

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Michael Harvey
Re: MTS files to FCP
on Jan 19, 2014 at 10:23:01 pm

yes John I can network the PC and MAC together, but I'm concerned about the main question.

It appears that every 4th and 5th frame are duplicates. In other words,
frames 1,2,3,4 are fine, 5 is a duplicate of 4.
Frames 6,7,8,9 are fine, 10 is a dupe of 9
frames 11,12,13,14 fine, 15 is a dupe of 14
etc.

what does that tell you?
thanks


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John Fishback
Re: MTS files to FCP
on Jan 20, 2014 at 5:51:23 pm

That sounds like the added pulldown, so editing the clips at 29.97 will retain the look you shot.

John

MacPro 8-core 2.8GHz, 16 GB RAM, OS 10.8.4, QT10.1, Kona 3, Dual Cinema 23, ATI Radeon HD 5870, 24" TV-Logic Monitor, ATTO ExpressSAS R380 RAID Adapter, PDE enclosure with 8-drive 6TB RAID 5
FCS 3 (FCP 7.0.3, Motion 4.0.3, Comp 3.5.3, DVDSP 4.2.2, Color 1.5.3)
FCP-X 10.0.9, Motion 5.0.7, Compressor 4.0.7

Pro Tools HD 10 w SYNC IO & 192 Digital I/O, Yamaha DM1000, Millennia Media HV-3C, Neumann U87, Schoeps Mk41 mics, Genelec DSP Monitors, Prima CDQ120 ISDN


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