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Marion Abrams
on Mar 21, 2008 at 12:18:22 am

I just finished an 844x project and I've promised the client to archive the media for easy access in the future. I had to pull from many sources that I will not have easy access to again.

I expect to move to an FCP based system some time in the next 6 months. Will I be able to access 844x media on an FCP system? Is there a plug in that will allow that?

If not I plan to batch convert the files, probably using compressor (since that's what I have). What file format would you suggest? I'd like to maintain quality, have a standard compatible format, and not be as huge as animation full quality would be. Yes, I want it all.

Any suggestions?



Marion Abrams
Madmotion, LLC.
Pittsfield, VT.

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Ben Heusner
Re: Archive
on Mar 31, 2008 at 6:42:03 am

Hi Marion,

By far the easiest way to do this is to record your files back to tape. Then batch that back into FCP. There's no easy way to translate an 844/X timeline to an FCP one. Even EDL will be problematic if you don't have access to the original sources.

Intel Macs will not be able to work with the 844/X codec, so if you plan to do a batch convert do it on a Windows box or PPC Mac.

With regards to codec, PhotoJPEG works nicely with FCP. It's lossy, so just be aware of that, but it'll keep a good quality.

It will be painful now, though I suspect even more painful if you don't do it carefully now and come back to it in six months :o)


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