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XDCAM EX Quicktime Movies Not Viewable on PCs??

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Chris Parkhurst
XDCAM EX Quicktime Movies Not Viewable on PCs??
on Nov 12, 2008 at 2:53:38 am

I have been working with XDCAM EX footage in FCP 6.0.4. Everything looks great... until I go to output. Actually, it still looks great for me, but when any of my clients are viewing any of these Quicktime files, they see nothing. Only an error message that wants them to locate a codec. All kinds of codecs have been loaded on to their PC machines, but nothing seems to work.

I'm a bit concerned (after having done some research) that because the files were imported via a Mac and FCP that now the XDCAM footage cannot be viewed by any PC users, regardless of how new the Quicktime version they have. Something to do with the codec and how the files are bundled..?

I want full resolution so have been exporting using the Quicktime Conversion and the XDCAM EX 1080p30 codec. When I export an h.264 compression, everyone is able to see the results. However, this will not suffice as I'll need a higher resolution than what that codec offers.

Any suggestions? Does SONY have some sort of codec download that anyone using a Quicktime needs to have in order to view these files? Why can't I simply export using the XDCAM EX 1080p30 codec and have these movies be viewable by all Quicktime users?

In advance, thank you for any insight into this issue!!

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