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Re: Lots of trouble working with Avid DNxHD in FCP7

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Shane Ross
Re: Lots of trouble working with Avid DNxHD in FCP7
on Dec 10, 2014 at 5:45:28 pm

That OS is part of the issue. FCP 7 isn't supported on that OS...meaning Apple didn't take the working needs of FCP 7 into account when they made that OS. QUicktime is the core of FCP, and Apple is moving away from QT, and towards AV Foundation. They do have QTX, but it's severely hampered...not as good as QT 7. QTX barely supports DNxHD. In fact, it really doesn't. If you try to open it, it'll convert it first.

Second...DNxHD is an AVID codec, not an Apple one. You'll get no real time effects with that format. Even if you make a matching sequence, any effect you add will require a render. FCP likes ProRes, barely works with DNxHD.

This project was started on the wrong foot. And is on two left feet due to the OS you are running. Ideally you should be editing with Avid if you are using DNxHD files. Or the media should be ProRes if you are cutting with FCP 7. And you should be running OS 10.6, 10.7 or 10.8. 10.9 and 10.10 aren't supported. So you'll have to muddle your way through this...or go back and set things up properly...Convert all the footage to ProRes.

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