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Re: Settings for Feature Film Edit? (Switching from Premiere to FCP 7)

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Nick Meyers
Re: Settings for Feature Film Edit? (Switching from Premiere to FCP 7)
on Jan 14, 2017 at 10:19:21 pm

ProRes422 is probably fine considering you source martial.
i'm not sure if ProresHQ would give you any more benefits. Shane would know better than me.
Prores4444 is complete overkill, and would just be a waste of resources.

within FCP, make sure you're working with the correct sequence settings,
one that matches your media.
yes, FCP can set a sequence to a clip thats being added,
but you can't rely on that, you have to have the correct sequence preset selected.

most audio is recorded at 24bit these days.
if that's what your audio is, then you should duplicate your sequence preset,
and change the bit rate to 24, and save it as a new preset.

while you're at it, you could also set the Motion Filtering quality (in the Video Processing pane of the sequence presets) to Best

Sequence presets need to be checked to be selected.


1) In terms of the computer itself - what settings and preferences would you recommend for a feature film edit?

2 monitors!
if you;ve got some way to play out a video signal to a TV of sort then that;d be nice, but not essential
USB3 ot Thunderbolt would be needed for efficient playback, and for faster exports


as for the work ahead, i'd suggest you don't try to edit the whole film in one project,
FCP can't handle really large projects.
personally i break the film into (generally) 4 dramatic acts, and have an FCP project for each act.

i dont tend to keep older versions of edits having around in the project, either.
rather after each "mile-post" version, which we generaly have a screening of,
we archive those sequences in their own dated project.

hope that helps,

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