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William QuibellWorkflow converting MKV to usable editing format
by on Aug 17, 2016 at 3:30:28 pm
Last Edited By William Quibell on Aug 17, 2016 at 3:33:17 pm

I have a client using and NVR to record video footage. The NVR only output a H.264 MKV 1920x1080 format of video. It is exports 30min files I need to speed them up over 3500% to make quick and cool looking time lapse shots. I tried a few different programs to convert the MKV to MP4, like handbrake, quicktime player, etc. But I always had a problem with quality after importing the MP4. Video only importing at 10fps, or really poor quality video.

After reading several different post here I put together a working workflow. I had to resurrect QT 7 pro and reinstall Perian on the Mac to work. I would love some assistance in tweaking it with better setting?

Open MKV with Quicktime 7 Pro
File > Export > Movie to Quicktime Movie > Options > Setting > Compression Type: Animation
file saved to MOV.

It works and I am able to edit speed up the video nicely, but it take my 30min 48MB 1920x1080 MKV file and makes a 16gb MOV. kinda crazy?

any help would be great. Thanks.

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Alex UdellRe: Workflow converting MKV to usable editing format
by on Aug 17, 2016 at 3:58:26 pm


you are going from a GOP structure that records data as only the changes to a frame based encoding that's pretty lightly compressed....

so quality is high, but data rate is high as well.

are you on the Mac?

Do you have Pro Codecs installed?

if so....try ProRes422, you'll get a good looking more compact file

this video can help with the ProRes install if you need it:


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