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Re: EX3 files not working in final cut

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Craig Seeman
Re: EX3 files not working in final cut
on Apr 19, 2011 at 10:22:40 pm

First the finger wagging but it's a general statement so please don't take it personally since you seem to have been under a time crunch.

The time to ask about workflow, if it's not clear, is at the start of use. One might have posted here a question about the workflow just before leaving the house to go rent the camera or, if one had a chance, after rental but before going off to shoot. Of course maybe you anticipated more time when you got home after the shoot, which is why I say don't take it personally. The problem is sometimes getting the car to start can be a bit more difficult after it's totaled.

Ideally you should copy the card with ClipBrowser with CRC ON (or Off if you must due to a major time crunch which is about the only time you should have CRC Off).

The next asking point would be asking about what's needed for Final Cut Pro import. XDCAM Transfer or FCP Log & Transfer (with Sony plugin) works with the entire BPAV folder intact.

Failing all that, the orphaned .mp4 can be imported into ClipBrowser or XDCAM Transfer. Also the appropriate plugin would play the .mp4 in FCP which, it seems, your daughter did . . . and that should be "all's well that ends well."

Apparently she can play the clips so that's certainly a happy thing.

With that major prologue the question I have is, how is your daughter determining that the clips don't look HD?

If she right clicks on the clip and selects Item Properties and selects Format what does it say next to Frame Size as well as Compressor?
Frame Size will give you that info for the clip
Compressor will tell you the codec (XDCAM EX) for the clip.

If she creates a new sequence does she get a popup box offering to change the sequence setting to match the clip?
That will match the sequence to the aforementioned Frames Size, Compressor, etc.
If there's no pop it means the sequence already matches the clip.
She should be using FCP 6.0.2 and up. Ideally FCP 6.0.6 or FCP 7.0.3 (Current version for each series).

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