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Brian Fifield
creating MP4 from Pro Res FCP7
on Dec 5, 2018 at 4:32:58 pm

Hi, PLEASE can someone help me - I have a very old version of FCP7 and an equally old iMac. I have lots of full concerts sitting in FCP7 projects which I need to convert to MP4s. I have followed several tutorials on how to do this but they always end up unusable quality? Just a blur basically! I really would appreciate any help that is out there. Many Thanks in hopes and prayers!!!
Brian


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Shane Ross
Re: creating MP4 from Pro Res FCP7
on Dec 5, 2018 at 7:51:44 pm

MPEG STREAMCLIP can do this. Either compress the ProRes export, or, if you have an H.264 MOV file from Compressor, it can save it into an MP4 container.

Shane
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Mark Suszko
Re: creating MP4 from Pro Res FCP7
on Dec 5, 2018 at 8:49:34 pm

Mpeg Streamclip FTW.

Though the free FLV Crunch and VLC might also work.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: creating MP4 from Pro Res FCP7
on Dec 5, 2018 at 9:43:12 pm

Handbrake will do it.


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Mark Suszko
Re: creating MP4 from Pro Res FCP7
on Dec 5, 2018 at 10:05:22 pm

ff mpeg too.

Or the easier ffWorks, if you don't do command-line interfaces


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Brian Fifield
Re: creating MP4 from Pro Res FCP7
on Dec 6, 2018 at 10:43:23 am

Hi, again, I don't think I explained myself clearly enough. My problem is I want to make an MP4 directly from the FCP7 project. I don't want to go down the long tedious route of exporting my project to QuickTime movie file first and then creating an MP4.


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Brian Fifield
Re: creating MP4 from Pro Res FCP7
on Dec 6, 2018 at 2:58:38 pm

Thank you for your help - but how can I do this direct from FCP7 project? I don't have time to export them all first and then drop them into MPEG Streamclip or Handbrake.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: creating MP4 from Pro Res FCP7
on Dec 6, 2018 at 6:27:48 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Dec 6, 2018 at 6:35:59 pm

Sorry, but you'll have to MAKE the time. It's the only workflow available to you. Export the video files from FCP in ProRes 422, and use one of the above-mentioned apps to transcode.

I don't think I have to remind you that you're working with software that was killed off seven years ago. It simply doesn't have the capability to make files in media containers and codecs that were developed after it died. People have moved on to other software, and no developer has tried to breathe new life into this already-dead application.

Dave LaRonde
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KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Brian Fifield
Re: creating MP4 from Pro Res FCP7
on Dec 7, 2018 at 10:00:33 am

Thank you Dave, that is what I thought the answer might be but was hoping it wasn't! Yes I am struggling to keep things running, as the whole system is way past it's sell-by-date. Thank you again for this advice - now I know what I must do ☺
Brian


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Shane Ross
Re: creating MP4 from Pro Res FCP7
on Dec 6, 2018 at 9:09:03 pm

Yeah, sorry, you have to make the time. You can't export MP4 directly from FCP...not even SEND TO COMPRESSOR will make an MP4. This software you are using is very old, 10+ years at this point, and at the time, MP4 wasn't a necessity, so Apple didn't do it. NOW they do, with current software. But yeah, older stuff...you're going to need to make time for this.

Shane
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Jeremy Garchow
Re: creating MP4 from Pro Res FCP7
on Dec 6, 2018 at 9:30:26 pm

If you render everything, then export a reference movie, a Handbrake encode should go very quickly.


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Brian Fifield
Re: creating MP4 from Pro Res FCP7
on Dec 7, 2018 at 10:25:45 am

Okay I got it - thank you Shane for your help. I need to get the school to spend a lot of money....


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Mark Suszko
Re: creating MP4 from Pro Res FCP7
on Dec 7, 2018 at 1:40:53 pm

Or get DaVinci Resolve 15 for free... at least until you come up with funding....


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Brian Fifield
Re: creating MP4 from Pro Res FCP7
on Dec 7, 2018 at 1:44:05 pm

Hi Mark,

yes I've heard about this - I must look into it further.... Thank you


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