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From DLSR to FCP

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James Nix Oct. 25, 2011, 7:46 p.m. permalink

My newspaper just picked up a D7000 to shoot video with and after pouring over various forums, I'm learning that it shoots in H.264, a compressed video format that doesn't play nicely with Final Cut Pro... especially if you are mixing with other uncompressed files shot from other cameras.

Many of the suggestions I have seen out there say to use Compressor to convert the video to Apple ProRes 422 ... which takes forever, and is in no way feasible for newspaper work.

Any thoughts on work flow when working with various video formats?


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James Gregg Oct. 27, 2011, 8:17 p.m. permalink

Hey James,


I don't know if it's any faster for you but you could try Mpeg Streamclip for your transcoding.  Any chance of upgrading to FCP X, you should be able to work natively there.  I use Adobe Premiere Pro and work in native file formats, it's pretty nice to go straight to work compared to when I had to transcode everying in FCP 6.

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Peter Huoppi Oct. 28, 2011, 9:19 a.m. permalink

I have a D7000 and you're right, transcoding is a must if you plan to use Final Cut 6 or 7. Your only choices are transcode, or use a different editing program.
I've only done one project with the D7000, I set up a batch convert with MPEG Streamclip and let it work.

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James Nix Oct. 28, 2011, 12:24 p.m. permalink

Thanks James and Peter,

I am using FCP 6 and just transcoded everything via MPEG Streamclip. I did set my ins and outs in Streamclip and only transcoded what I would use which helped speed things up. 

I may possibly be getting a new lap top from my paper with Adobe Premier Pro on it, but in the mean time I'm limited to my own computers with FCP 6.

Any suggestions on the best (or quickest) codec to transcode to for short form web videos?

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Pat Shannahan Oct. 28, 2011, 12:29 p.m. permalink

I turn my 5DMK2 files in to Apple Prores 422 (LT). It's a pain to have to wait for it to transcode but that's just part of the process. If you shot tape you would have to wait for it to ingest.

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