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steve hobbs
Editing Security System videos
on Nov 11, 2010 at 7:58:54 pm

I have a client looking to retrieve files from a security system and have us edit in FCP. So far they have sent us .avi's that I can't open on my mac or pc. Anyone have any luck with doing this or similar situations? Or can you suggest another forum I could post to for this type of task?
I'd like to offer them a suggestion for a setup that could export files usable with FCP or at least files that I could easily convert to .mov. Thanks.


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Zak Ray
Re: Editing Security System videos
on Nov 11, 2010 at 8:03:10 pm

AVI is just a wrapper, it says nothing about what kind of file it actually is. Ask them if they know anything more about the format, or what they could possible export to.


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Kylee Peña
Re: Editing Security System videos
on Nov 11, 2010 at 8:05:07 pm

Do you have Perian installed?


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Rafael Amador
Re: Editing Security System videos
on Nov 11, 2010 at 8:32:28 pm

Yes, try Perian and MPGStreamclip.
Hopefully the codec is supported by QT.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Zane Barker
Re: Editing Security System videos
on Nov 11, 2010 at 9:00:32 pm

[Rafael Amador] "Yes, try Perian and MPGStreamclip.
Hopefully the codec is supported by QT."


Just to make it clear. Install Parian to be able to play the avi, then use MPEG Streamclip to convert it to a FCP friendly editing format.

**Hindsight is always 1080p**


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steve hobbs
Re: Editing Security System videos
on Nov 11, 2010 at 10:34:58 pm

Tried Perian and Streamclip. Just get a white playback screen.
Must be an unusual codec.



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Martin Curtis
Re: Editing Security System videos
on Nov 12, 2010 at 3:41:24 am

Security systems are known to use odd codecs. Ask if theirs came with a disc. It will probably have a player on it. If it does, it will almost certainly be PC only.


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Rafael Amador
Re: Editing Security System videos
on Nov 12, 2010 at 1:07:29 pm

[Martin Curtis] "Security systems are known to use odd codecs. Ask if theirs came with a disc. It will probably have a player on it. If it does, it will almost certainly be PC only."
So right.
Isvery possible that that codec don't even exist for Mac.
I wouldn't waist time and try it in a PC.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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David Fortin
Re: Editing Security System videos
on Nov 12, 2010 at 8:39:58 pm

Steve,

Did you find a solution?

A few years ago I had a similar situation. The file only played in proprietary software on the PC. I couldn't convert it. I ended up using the SVHS out of a graphic card on my PC and recorded that onto my MAC, then edited that. Lost some quality, but the quality of the original wasn't very good to begin with, and the client had no other options.

David


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