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Jan 16, 2011 4:25 PM
Goo day professionals, my company is switching to final cut pro from premier so I am a brand new user. I have watched a lot of training DVDs but one thing baffles me. let me explain, I imported an mpeg file (720X480) and it imported fine, dragged it on the time line, hot the space bar and cold not see or hear anything but a beeping noise. I googled and realize that it had to be rendered. Can you guide me on how to go about this so that it plays without having to render all the time? Remember I am new to final cut pro go easy on me. Thanks in advance.
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  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,840 points)
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    Jan 16, 2011 4:39 PM (in response to Sincejan)
    FCP does not edit mpeg codecs.

    It needs to be converted to a FCP native editable codec. DV, DV50, ProRes. Look in the Easy setup to see what is available.

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  • Patrick Sheffield Level 7 Level 7 (29,175 points)
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    Jan 16, 2011 10:57 PM (in response to Sincejan)
    If you want to edit MPEG clips, first convert them using MPEG Streamclip...

    Patrick

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  • Andy Mees Level 6 Level 6 (12,595 points)
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    Jan 17, 2011 5:47 AM (in response to Studio X)
    There are a few notable exceptions of course, but thats not what X is referring to ... for what its worth though, I'll note that HDV, XDCAM HD, EX and HD422 are all MPEG HD based codecs that are natively supported editing formats in FCP, but thats because they are professional production formats. What X is referring to, and what it seems you are trying to use, is MPEG 2 delivery files (and worse still, it sounds like they are clips with muxed audio, audio data embedded within the video data) ... FCP balks at editing these kind of delivery formats.

    Anyway, good luck with the migration. There will be plenty of times you'll feel the pain of switching, but hopefully you'll also come appreciate and enjoy some of the advantages of the switch too.

    Cheers
    Andy
    17" + 15" MBP + FCP 6.0.6 / FCP 7.0.2 + MXO/MXO2MAX, Mac OS X (10.6), bits and bobs, this and that ... and the other
  • Michael JS Cox Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Dec 29, 2011 12:16 PM (in response to Sincejan)

    Not directly related to your question but since I too am learning FCPX after a year of Premiere CS5.5, both of which have their pluses and minuses, I thought I'd give you a heads up to a great user manual available as an inexpensive download at

     

    http://fcp.co/final-cut-pro/news/515-the-unofficial-graphic-enhanced-manual-for- fcpx

     

    This guy has created a 65 page graphic manual which gives you a very good overview of the product from importing to basic organization and editing on the timeline. He's writing a more advanced version now. It's dirt cheap, even the printed version is not at all expensive, and well worth downloading.

     

    You'll find some frustrating features with FCPX, particularly when you're used to working on the timeline as we are in Premiere, but with this graphic manual's help, I'm getting the hang of it now.

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,675 points)
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    Dec 29, 2011 12:52 PM (in response to Sincejan)

    Switching TO FCP from Premiere?  FCP 7 or FCX?  Because FCP 7 is an End of Life app.  Further development is dead.  FCX is the new app Apple is developing.  Are you going to FCX or FCP 7? 

     

    And unlike Premiere, you cannot just work with any format natively...FCP requires that you convert it to an editing codec that FCP uses. 

     

    Odd...a lot of people are migrating from FCP 7 to PPro CS 5.5

  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,840 points)
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    Dec 29, 2011 5:12 PM (in response to Andy Mees)

    Thanks Andy for the clarification/elaboration.

     

    Happy Holidays.

     

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  • Nick Holmes Level 7 Level 7 (29,805 points)
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    Dec 29, 2011 5:34 PM (in response to Shane Ross)

    OP is from January, Shane. It was a valid question back then.

  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,675 points)
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    Dec 29, 2011 5:50 PM (in response to Nick Holmes)

    WOW...why did Michael resurrect this?

  • Nick Holmes Level 7 Level 7 (29,805 points)
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    Dec 29, 2011 6:30 PM (in response to Shane Ross)

    Dunno. I also post on a professional lion tamer forum.

  • Patrick Sheffield Level 7 Level 7 (29,175 points)
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    Jan 8, 2012 1:15 PM (in response to Nick Holmes)

    Are there amateur lion tamers?

  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,840 points)
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    Jan 8, 2012 4:12 PM (in response to Shane Ross)

    I plead wonky forum software. Lke this "new look"....

     

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