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Best HD Video Format for FCPX Import?

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Nov 21, 2011 8:45 PM

When I import HD video from my iPhone 4, it imports quickly and easily to FCPX, and is ready to use in seconds.


I want to buy a video camera that can do the same--i.e., simply download the video files and start using them, without having to wait a looong time for re-encoding or other technical stuff to make it ready to use.


For that, which format is best--iFrame, H.264, AVCHD, etc.?



Final Cut Pro X, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,490 points)
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    Nov 22, 2011 12:26 AM (in response to Ponta)

    Probably AVCHD.


    They are by far the most popular  high quality cameras and FCP X can deal with the files natively.


    However, for the ultimate in quality it is probably better to convert to ProRes for editing.

  • BenB Level 5 Level 5 (7,535 points)
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    Nov 22, 2011 5:57 AM (in response to Ian R. Brown)

    DSLR H.264 is really good.  But yes, you want to "Optimize" to ProRez as those highly compressed formats fall apart quickly when transcoded over generations, don't color grade well, take forever to export when done, etc.


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