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3004 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 12, 2010 7:40 PM by AppleMan1958
Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2010 11:15 AM (in response to jen57)I had excellent service and results converting 8mm and super8 films using Brice Mayfield at Film-to-video. They are in New Mexico. I have used the DVDs and miniDV tapes he produced in iMovie and FCE with very good results, considering the originals date back to the 1970s. Maybe you would like to look at his website and contact him with your specific requirements. KeithiMac desktop, Mac OS X (10.6.4), still learning FCE
Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2010 11:51 AM (in response to Keith Worsley-Brown)Thanks, Keith - I appreciate the contact, and may need to use another service, depending... What I am really looking for is information about the technical jargon I need to use wrt the format in which the files must be saved so that I can successfully import them into FCE, without losing quality. I am a total newbie with this... I think I understand that .avi is a wrapper, but there are supposedly various codecs, etc. that can be contained within that wrapper? I do not even know what to ask about such matters and am hoping someone out there can tell me specifically what to ask for from a provider (or to avoid).MacBook Pro, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 17" hi res, 4GB DDR2, 320 GB drive
Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2010 12:11 PM (in response to jen57)Sorry, I can't help. It may be worth contacting Bruce Mayfield as he's very knowledgeable. I hope others on the forum will be able to assist you. Good luck. KeithiMac desktop, Mac OS X (10.6.4), still learning FCE
Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2010 12:32 PM (in response to jen57)Hi(Bonjour)!
As FCE doesn't support HD in another format but Apple Intermediate Codec,it should be better to ask for this specific format from the conversion service. Ask for converted media on hard drive, they are very inexpensive.
The other issue could be the image aspect ratio as 8mm movies are 4:3 and HD is 16:9. So think about pillar box on your final edit or enlarged (understand pixelated) clip or squashed image (worst scenario) to fit the screen.
Michel BoissonneaultPowerMac G5 dual 2.3, 4.5 Go, Apple Cinema display HD 23", FX1, FCS 2, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Ati Radeon X1900GT G5 edition, and iMac G4, FCE 4.0.1, macuser since 1988
Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2010 4:25 AM (in response to jen57)If you plan to use Blackmagic, you will need Final Cut Pro. The Blackmagic codec cannot be used in FCE; and if you have AVI files you will need to purchase Flip4Mac PlayerPro or higher in order to convert them to QuickTime.
For Final Cut Express, have the transfer house create +QuickTime .mov+ files using either +Apple DV/DVCPRO NTSC+ or +Apple Intermediate Codec+ compression.24" iMac 3.06GHz/4GB/1TB, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 15" MBP 2.66GHz, 20" iMacG5 2GHz, 6TB offline storage
Currently Being ModeratedNov 12, 2010 5:20 PM (in response to jen57)Here is a thread on my conversion of 8MM to 1080P using mymovietransfer.com (Debenham Media Group)
It was captured into the Motion JPEG codec.
The thread contains links to the finished product on YouTube.
I edited in iMovie (not FCE)
[Here is the thread|http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=11358866�]iMac 24 2.8Ghz, iPhone, TV, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Panasonic HDC-SD5 iMovie 11
Currently Being ModeratedNov 12, 2010 7:40 PM (in response to Tom Wolsky)They can also offer Apple Animation and Uncompressed. I'm guessing these are not supported either.
They can do DV but it requires a pulldown to get from 18fps to 25 or 30fps.iMac 24 2.8Ghz, iPhone, TV, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Panasonic HDC-SD5 iMovie 11