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Shane Ross
Re: Frame rate difficulites
on Mar 2, 2017 at 7:10:00 pm

OK, is the footage REALLY 10fps? Or is FCP only seeing it as 10fps? By this, I mean that when I did screen captures of my computer screen with certain software, I would tell it to do it at 29.97fps, and QT would report it as 29.97, but FCP would import it at 10. So I needed to basically smack it like you had to do with older TVs. By that, I mean I had to use CINEMA TOOLS to CONFORM the frame rate to 29.97. It kept the same speed, but basically added information that FCP could recognize and then it came in at 29.97fps.

Or is the footage really 10fps? If it is, then it will just look stuttery, as you mentioned, because instead of 30 pictures in a second, you have 10. It won't look an less detail is lost. You have the same image, just less of them per second, so it will stutter. FCP won't play back that 10fps at 30fps...a frame for frame playback...meaning REALLY SPED UP...unless you conform it as such. SO...if the footage really is 10fps, DO NOT use Cinema Tools to conform it, as it will do just that. If it is 10fps, leave it 10fps.

But FCP really doesn't work well with MP4...and will have serious issues with AVI. Anything that is NOT an FCP editing codec, meaning ProRes, DVCPRO HD, HDV, DV...anything you see listed in the Easy Setup...needs to be converted to an editing codec. At least with FCP 7 and earlier. FCPX and Adobe Premiere can handle this footage much better.

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