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Tom Matthies
Google Pixel Mp4 files to ProRes?
on Apr 12, 2017 at 2:56:51 pm

I have a client who has given me a folder of Mp4 files shot with a Google Pixel camera that I an having trouble converting to ProRes for editing. Anyone have a method to convert these files?

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Shane Ross
Re: Google Pixel Mp4 files to ProRes?
on Apr 13, 2017 at 12:08:59 am

What have you tried thus far? Compressor? How about EditReady?

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Tom Matthies
Re: Google Pixel Mp4 files to ProRes?
on Apr 13, 2017 at 2:35:27 am

So far I've tried Compressor (won't generally accept the files. It actually did once but crashed during the conversion) MPeg Streamclip-plays the files but won't export them-gives error message. I tried to export directly from Quicktime Pro 7. It seemed to work but when when I dragged the clips to the timeline (FCP7) the audio was fine but the clips played at 1/3 speed-Properties showed the clips as 10 FPS.
iSkysoft Video Converter-goes through the motions but doesn't actually create any files. Voltiac and Movavi Video Converter-No go.
I'm going to try FCPX, Premiere and Resolve tomorrow. I have those loaded on my Macbook Pro. I'll copy one of the clips from here and try it there.
Haven't tried Edit Ready, but I'd buy it instantly if I knew it could re-wrap and open these demon files.
Finally got the word late today they were shot on a Google Pixel camera at 30fps 1080p. Not sure if the progressive part is an issue...
Both versions of my Quicktime (QT7, QTX) will play the files more or less OK. QT7 stutters on playback, QTX is fairly smooth. Files are playing back from a eSATA raid so the disk performance shouldn't be the issue.
My trusty MacPro is pretty old (3,1 Quad core) still running Snow Leopard to preserve the functionality of my legacy FCP7.
My MacbookPro is a quad i7 running sierra. Maybe it will handle the files better.

Remember the old days when a client would just hand you a pile of Beta or Digibeta tapes and you were off and running? Sigh...

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Tom Matthies
Re: Google Pixel Mp4 files to ProRes?
on Apr 13, 2017 at 3:27:26 am

Got it!
Premiere Pro (v5.5 no less) can open the files and play them without issue-so far.
Since this is a very simple project, I'm just going to edit in Premiere and export to ProRes at the end. Took a little tinkering to get the sequence settings and the Export settings dialed in, but the exported ProRes files work fine.
Might be time to put FCP7 out to pasture? I'll try them in FCPX and Resolve tomorrow as well.
Calling it a day...

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