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EpicSummerMovie Calculating status...
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Oct 26, 2011 3:34 PM

While working on a scene in the middle of my project, I decided to crop the video with the wireframe tool, but when I told FC to render a message popped up saying, "Codec not found.  You may be using a compression type without the coresponding hardware card." 


I tried turning everything off and then on, and that didn't work.  I then tried rendering other parts of the sequence, and it worked but the message popped off after I was done, then after awhile the message popped up when I trid to render on everything in the sequence.  I was able after a few tries to get my audio to render after importing an audio clip, but that's it.


When I open other sequences (I have one for each scene) I could work on and render the footage fine.  I'd rather not have to re-input all the footage in that sequence, as I was almost finished with that scene.


I have my footage in ProRess 422 in Final Cut Pro.  I'm working on a MacBook Pro with 4gb of RAM and the footage is on an external device with 1TB of space, connected to my computer with a FireWire 800 cable.  I have had the external drive for a few weeks and have edited most of my footage with it, so I don't think that's the problem. 


Thanks in advance for your help!

Final Cut Pro 7, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,800 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 7:12 AM (in response to EpicSummerMovie)

    Well, first troubleshooting step is always


    If that doesn't work


    Try this.  Make your sequence active, go to sequence settings (command-zero) change the compressor to something different and hit OK.  Then repeat and change it back to ProRes.


    If that doesn't work, try copying the contents of the sequence to a new sequence with the same settings.  Sometimes a sequence can get corrupted.


    I also seem to remember other people having this problem so you might do a search here for "codec not found."

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,800 points)
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    Nov 3, 2011 7:17 AM (in response to EpicSummerMovie)

    Did one of my suggestions work?  If so, please let us know which one.  Not only for my ego... but to help others with the same problem.





  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,800 points)
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    Nov 3, 2011 6:15 PM (in response to EpicSummerMovie)

    I'm glad you managed to get it to work, but there's something wrong if your system can't handle prores.  And problems tend to spread.  Post back if you want to try and work thru this.

  • BenfromDavis Calculating status...
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    Nov 5, 2011 10:59 PM (in response to EpicSummerMovie)

    Thank you for asking the question... and giving the solutions.  It happened to me today for the first time "codec not found... "

    This was after getting rid of my FCP preferences files due to another error message..


    For me, copying everything into a new sequence solved it. 

    Thanks again! Ben


    I'm on a 3 year old mac pro running Leopard 10.5.8 and Final Cut Pro 6.0.6

    and it's the first time I have encountered this.

    When setting up the easy setup after tossing the preferences.. I believe i chose the wrong settings then...

    by mistake.


    Model Name:          Mac Pro

      Model Identifier:          MacPro3,1

      Processor Name:          Quad-Core Intel Xeon

      Processor Speed:          3.2 GHz

      Number Of Processors:          2

      Total Number Of Cores:          8

      L2 Cache (per processor):          12 MB

      Memory:          6 GB

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,800 points)
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    Nov 6, 2011 9:19 AM (in response to EpicSummerMovie)

    Well it looks like we've got the same OS running, which helps troubleshoot.  Are you running fcp7.03?


    Try creating a new user (system preferences:  accounts) and log in as that user and load the same fcp project.  Same problem?


    Take a look in your startup drive: library:  quicktime and make sure you have the following files:




    Do you have any 3rd party video things installed like Perian?

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,800 points)
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    Nov 9, 2011 11:10 AM (in response to EpicSummerMovie)

    I have no idea.  I just went and saw what I had.  Send me an email directly and I'll see if I can send you the missing file.  My email is in my profile.

  • CaptainS Calculating status...
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    Nov 11, 2011 10:22 AM (in response to EpicSummerMovie)

    The same thing happened to me a few years back just after I had upgraded my OS and Quicktime. All of my ProRes 422 codecs had "disappeared" from the "Library/QT" folder. I found the following solution:

    Insert the original FCP install disk

    Go to the "Extras" folder on the disk

    Install "QmasterNode" (it evidently contains all of the codecs). 


    After doing that I checked the Library/QT Folder again and found that all of the ProRes 422 codecs were now there. I then reopened my original FCP video project and guess what...problem solved--no more message!!


    Hope this helps.

  • salute11 Calculating status...
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    Nov 16, 2011 2:13 PM (in response to CaptainS)

    Hi -


    I have much the same problem. The message has popped up on random projects and won't let me render. I trashed the preferences, copied the clips to new sequences and tried resetting the compressor. I checked my Library/Quicktime folder and am indeed missing the AppleProRes422.component, so I tried reinstalling QmasterNode like CaptainS just said. But somehow I still don't have the AppleProRes422.component. Could someone send it to me, or give me another suggesetion?


    Thank you!

  • Michael Grenadier Level 6 Level 6 (19,800 points)
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    Nov 16, 2011 9:44 PM (in response to salute11)

    Email me directly.  My email is in my profile

  • salute11 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 17, 2011 7:39 AM (in response to Michael Grenadier)

    Will do, because I still need the component, but I thought I'd post that I found something that worked.


    I found in another thread a suggestion to check Sequence Settings and switch "Render 10 bit material" to "Render in 8-bit YUV". I did, and it worked.


    Does anyone know why that works? I'm not super technical, so I don't know the advantages of having it in 8-bit rather than 10-bit. How did it get switched before and stop working?

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