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Jeremy Donaldson
HELP PLEASE!! FCP .mov will not play on PC
on May 25, 2009 at 3:46:54 am

I need to be able to play my .mov(Final Cut Pro 2) files on my PC.

What do I need to do?

(I am editing on FCP and will be using AEcs3 on my PC for effects)


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David Roth Weiss
Re: HELP PLEASE!! FCP .mov will not play on PC
on May 25, 2009 at 4:01:35 am

[Jeremy Donaldson] "What do I need to do?"

You first need to tell us what video format you're trying to play on the PC. There are many flavors of .mov files (Quicktime files) so what flavor is the one you've got?



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Zane Barker
Re: HELP PLEASE!! FCP .mov will not play on PC
on May 25, 2009 at 4:02:25 am

What format are you using to edit in FCP?

Depending on the format, some of those codecs only come with FCP.

However if you use ProRes then you can download that codec for windows.

Do a search on the cow and you will find a link for the ProRes codec for windows.




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Jeremy Donaldson
Re: HELP PLEASE!! FCP .mov will not play on PC
on May 25, 2009 at 5:36:37 am

Thank you David and Zane for replying.

Hope this helps...

I am editing in 1080/24p

Exporting to Quicktime file. (H.264)

What it/How does ProRes work? This something I set in FCP before importing my Canon XH-A1(HDV) footage?

Thanks guys.


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Rafael Amador
Re: HELP PLEASE!! FCP .mov will not play on PC
on May 25, 2009 at 5:45:32 am

Hi Jeremy,
Forget about H264. That's a delivery format.
Transcode your HDV to Proress. You can do it with the Media Manager, Batch Export, Compressor or MPGStreamclip.
To open the files in a PC you only need the free Proress reader for Window.
rafael

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Jeremy Donaldson
Re: HELP PLEASE!! FCP .mov will not play on PC
on May 25, 2009 at 5:55:47 am

So there is no other way without going the ProRes route?

I couldn't export my footage differently without using FCP's .mov(I just don't want to lose quality)

I guess now I should just ask, what is the best way of exporting my HDV footage with FCP so that I can play/edit with my pc(AEcs3)?

...my brain hurts.

Thanks for the reply Rafael.


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Shane Ross
Re: HELP PLEASE!! FCP .mov will not play on PC
on May 25, 2009 at 7:06:18 am

The Apple HDV codec only comes with FCP. Any machine without FCP, even Macs, cannot view HDV captured footage. It shows up as white and they get a CODEC error. PCs cannot see this format either.

[Jeremy Donaldson] "So there is no other way without going the ProRes route?"

GIve them the master tapes and have them capture them. Into the format they can work with.

[Jeremy Donaldson] "I guess now I should just ask, what is the best way of exporting my HDV footage with FCP so that I can play/edit with my pc(AEcs3)?"

ProRes...as mentioned. And they will need the decoder. Otherwise give them the tapes. Capturing on one edit system for another is unwise, especially if you are going across computing platforms.


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Jeremy Donaldson
Re: HELP PLEASE!! FCP .mov will not play on PC
on May 25, 2009 at 6:27:08 am

Ok, I will go the ProRes route after all. What is a step by step process? I use Compressor.

For footage that I have already captured/edited in HDV I need to..

Use compressor and select..?

For future use, I need to capture my hdv footage in FCP by...

Audio/video settings

Sequence Presest: ?????

Capture Preset: HDV - Apple ProRes 422 (HQ or No HQ?)

Device control Preset: HDV FireWire Basic NDF ?

...Then edit my footage, and EXPORT to???

Hope you guys can help me! I sure need it.


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Andy Mees
Re: HELP PLEASE!! FCP .mov will not play on PC
on May 25, 2009 at 8:23:48 am

Or just buy the XD Decode component from Calibrated Software ... will let your PC read and use your mac captured HDV files.

http://www.calibratedsoftware.com/downloads/Calibrated{Q}XD.zip

It's available for Mac OS X system's that don't have FCP, and/or for Windows XP or Vista systems ... and it works a treat.


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Jeremy Donaldson
Re: HELP PLEASE!! FCP .mov will not play on PC
on May 25, 2009 at 9:23:27 am

Thanks Andy. That seemed to work. BUT is it because it's the demo that I am getting a big grey rectangle over my footage? How much is the full version?


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Andy Mees
Re: HELP PLEASE!! FCP .mov will not play on PC
on May 25, 2009 at 9:47:50 am

Yep.. thats the demo watermark ... IIRC only half the image is displayed with a grid over the other half.
The demo is fine for checking that your system will recognise and work correctly with the plugin but you'll need the full version to use it properly. It costs $80 (USD).


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