A new client has been emailing me MP4's to work with, about 14 per project. When I bring them into FCP7 and place in a timeline it takes an ungodly amount of time to render. After render, any change at all requirs another long render. I'm thinking I should be converting, or compressing them to another format before importing them and I've tried a couple but what do you think would be the best, and fastest, without sacrificing to much in the way of quality?
on Aug 3, 2017 at 3:20:21 pm Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Aug 4, 2017 at 1:38:46 pm
ProRes 422. It is FCP's go-to codec. FCP MUST use ProRes if it is to function well. If you insist on editing in software that has been essentially dead for almost seven years -- count 'em, almost 7, a virtual lifetime in software -- you must use ProRes 422 as well.
Also -- if you run FCP 7 on an OS newer than 10.8.6, you can expect odd software malfunctions. The oddities build as the OS gets newer, too.
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