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Kevin Muse
AVCHD FCP 7 Woes
on Feb 18, 2010 at 7:01:57 pm

Thru log and transfer I can take the video off the camera easily. Problem is that it shows up as square pixels and upper field in the properties. Dropping the video in a Circ 601, lower field video changes nothing. The video does not look very good. My project is 720x480 Anamorphic SD. Will FCP 7 capture this video cleanly or not? Is there a way to adjust properties to capture it in Lower field? ...and downconvert (since it is actually sampling the video realtime)? Why isn't there an AVCHD preset? Thanks


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: AVCHD FCP 7 Woes
on Feb 18, 2010 at 7:17:03 pm

FCP will not down convert your footage during log and transfer. You will have to transcode the video in COmpressor.

Jeremy


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Kevin Muse
Re: AVCHD FCP 7 Woes
on Feb 18, 2010 at 7:48:32 pm

OK. To keep from compressing the compression, what format should I use in compressor, keeping in mind that I will put this back on a timeline and then use compressor to compress it for DVD... Thanks for the response that is no where in any help file.


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Kevin Muse
Re: AVCHD FCP 7 Woes
on Feb 18, 2010 at 8:08:19 pm

Oh, and it not take days to render.... :-)


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Michael Gissing
Re: AVCHD FCP 7 Woes
on Feb 18, 2010 at 9:13:46 pm


Is this your main footage or is it to go into an existing SD timeline. Why not edit in HD otherwise and then downconvert the final to SD.

There are lots of good ways to do this and a search of the forum will give you all the options. So rather than convert all footage, just consider converting the final so there aren't "days of render".


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Kevin Muse
Re: AVCHD FCP 7 Woes
on Feb 18, 2010 at 9:29:01 pm

Its the 3rd safety shot in a sequence of 2 sets of 16x9 SD.


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Chris Borjis
Re: AVCHD FCP 7 Woes
on Feb 19, 2010 at 12:48:26 am

I would log & transfer in HD to ProRes.

edit the segments, then downconvert with compressor to the .m2v for
dvd making sure you have the resize quality set for highest.

your dvd will look great. I've done many short projects this way.

Just did one on the new NXcam from sony.



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Kevin Muse
Re: AVCHD FCP 7 Woes
on Feb 19, 2010 at 2:35:37 am

I will try this. Thanks!


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Kevin Muse
Re: AVCHD FCP 7 Woes
on Feb 19, 2010 at 2:43:46 am

Wait... I may have responded too quick.
Log & Transfer in Prores (not HQ or LT)
Drop in the SD Anamorphic timeline
Edit
Export as .m2v.with the resizing quality set for the highest.

Is this correct?


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Chris Borjis
Re: AVCHD FCP 7 Woes
on Feb 19, 2010 at 5:26:37 pm



[Kevin Muse] "Drop in the SD Anamorphic timeline"


no, HD timeline.

make it SD anamorphic when compressing.

final cut cannot resize with bicubic quality, the resizing in final cut is awful
and should never be used if quality matters.




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