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Colin Scharf
Converting 640x480 H.264 in FCP 7
on Oct 20, 2015 at 4:15:51 pm

Hi there!

I made a series of blunders filming on my Canon T3i, and I'm so deep in the project that I'm really hoping to salvage the footage and create the film! I'm running into issues on FCP 7 because the footage is 640x480 & compressed at h.264. I understand that FCP 7 works beset with ProRes 422. I've used my PavTube converter to try & convert the footage, but it gets all screwed up in the conversion. My settings in PavTube are:

Codec: Apple ProRes 422
Size: 640x480
Bitrate: Medium Quality
FPS: 23.976

The problems arise once I add filters to the footage. They look choppy and awful.

So, my biggest question is, how do I convert the footage from h.264 / 640x480 into a usable format for FCP 7? Thank you!

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Shane Ross
Re: Converting 640x480 H.264 in FCP 7
on Oct 20, 2015 at 5:32:42 pm

Don't use that's spotty. And you don't need to, Compressor does this.

First off, ProRes NTSC is 720x480...the other dimensions are Quicktime web dimensions, 720 is proper TV dimensions. So you need to convert to ProRes 422, 720x480. MPEG STREAMCLIP does this, and it's free.

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Colin Scharf
Re: Converting 640x480 H.264 in FCP 7
on Oct 20, 2015 at 10:34:55 pm

Thanks, Shane! That worked like a charm. I'd forgotten about MPEG Streamclip. :D

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