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Rosie Walunas
FCP/Motion Clips Into Media100 At 525i ?
on Jul 5, 2010 at 2:37:28 am

(Sorry if this isn't the right place of this post)

I'm working on motion graphics for someone who wants to import the graphics into Media100.

I'm using Motion (and Final Cut) and exporting the graphics for him to import into his Media100 system.

I've tried various codecs and compressions, but he says when he imports the QuickTime clips (which look great in QT) they appear distorted in his sequence.

All the variables as far as aspect ratio, NTSC, frame rate, using the highest compression, etc. seems to be in order.

Except, he says the Media100 has a default resolution of 525i, which he is working in.

Honestly, I don't understand what 525i means.

I see in Final Cut, I have the option of changing my sequence settings to MPEG 525... However, when I do that, a message appears saying I don't have the correct hardware.

If someone could explain to me what 525i means and how to change the resolution of my Motion project and/or export to fit this criteria, or ay other advice, that would be extremely helpful.

Thank you!



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Floh Peters
Re: FCP/Motion Clips Into Media100 At 525i ?
on Jul 5, 2010 at 6:34:37 am

525i is another description for Standard Def NTSC (720*486), since it uses 525 active video lines. If you want to give him files, either use 720*486 in 4:3 aspect ratio, or 720*486 in 16:9 AR, depending on his project aspect ratio. You could render the files into Prores codec, or "lossless" (Apple Animation at highest quality settings) if you want to include an Alpha channel.



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Eric Pelletier
Re: FCP/Motion Clips Into Media100 At 525i ?
on Jul 5, 2010 at 1:11:35 pm

You may wanna check Pixel Aspect Ratio for Standard Definition (SD) NTSC D1 (0,91) or Widescreen (1,21). BUT if you're working Square Pixels, work in 4:3 720x540 (534) or 16:9 Square Pixels Widescreen 864(872)x486.

While your there, Animation CODEC high quality is the way to go, lowerfield first for Media 100 SD NTSC.

(Very old Media 100 had NTSC resolution of 640x480 and required to render upperfield first - I don't know if it still exists somewhere)



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Rosie Walunas
Re: FCP/Motion Clips Into Media100 At 525i ?
on Jul 5, 2010 at 3:43:56 pm

We've checked the Media100 settings. It is set to source which says 525i NTSC 601. This is really the only option. We've put the 720x486 clips into the Media100 and it looks awful. Any further ideas?

Thank you


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Eric Pelletier
Re: FCP/Motion Clips Into Media100 At 525i ?
on Jul 5, 2010 at 4:20:41 pm

If you want, you can open this movie-animation in QuickTime Player and Get info and post back the information you have there. Also, post infos of M100 Import window when you import the file. Maybe there's something «wrong» we could read...


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Eric Pelletier
Re: FCP/Motion Clips Into Media100 At 525i ?
on Jul 5, 2010 at 4:22:31 pm

or even post a pict here so we can see how distorted it is?


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