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Gabi BucataruPlaying HDV 1080i60 Clips on a PC?
by on Sep 8, 2011 at 3:21:50 pm

Hi gang!

So, another issue with playing FCP 7 (Final Cut Pro) exported clips (mov HDV 1080i60) on a PC based AE 9 (concerning a collab).

After some research I found that there are no known PC based codecs to play FCP exported clips (mov HDV 1080i60) on a PC based AE9.

Supposedly AE is using quicktime to play mov files, but unfortunately the movie clips are blank white (even if viewed in a standalone QuickTime Player Pro 7 on a PC).

Is there a wise workaround for one who needs to edit an FCP exported sequence in a PC based AE9?

thanks!
Gabi


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Dave LaRondeRe: Playing HDV 1080i60 Clips on a PC?
by on Sep 8, 2011 at 4:14:03 pm

You need your FCP person to change the codec of the clips during export; he/she needs to export using quicktime conversion. I recommend either Quicktime's Animation or PNG codecs; both are lossless.

Even if you had the proper codec available, you're on AE 9, which means you CAN NOT use HDV footage. Here's why:

Dave's Stock Answer #1:

If the footage you imported into AE is any kind of the following -- footage in an HDV acquisition codec, MPEG1, MPEG2, AVCHD, mp4, mts, m2t, H.261 or H.264 -- you need to convert it to a different codec.

These kinds of footage use temporal, or interframe compression. They have keyframes at regular intervals, containing complete frame information. However, the frames in between do NOT have complete information. Interframe codecs toss out duplicated information.

In order to maintain peak rendering efficiency, AE needs complete information for each and every frame. But because these kinds of footage contain only partial information, AE freaks out, resulting in a wide variety of problems.

I'm a Mac guy, so I like to convert to Quicktime movies in the Animation or PNG codecs; both are lossless. I'll use Apple's Compressor, Adobe Media Encoder or Quicktime Pro to do it.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Gabi BucataruRe: Playing HDV 1080i60 Clips on a PC?
by on Sep 9, 2011 at 7:45:07 pm

Dave - this is precious info!!

Thanks a TON!!!

Gabi


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