Quicktime is a file container that supports a whole host of codecs.
Your camera records in a very highly compressed format that is not intended to edited. For work in FCE, you need to convert your video material to AIC. This process converts the long GOP of the compressed format to an all "I" frame format. Because each frame now has complete information, the overall file will be much larger. No way around it.
You need to convert the D90 video clips to QuickTime. Assuming you shot an HD format you would select Apple Intermediate Codec as the compression scheme. You should be able to leave all the other MPEG Streamclip settings at their default, just raise the Quality slider and also check the Frame Size in the export dialog to make sure it matches what you shot (eg 1920x1080). And yes, the resulting files are going to be big. Expect something like 45GB/hour of video.
MPEG Streamclip has a batch convert mode, so you don't have to do this one file at a time. But do try converting 1 or 2 files at first, just to make sure the results are good before you batch convert a whole bunch of clips.
In FCE you will need to use one of the AVCHD Easy Setups that matches the frame size & frame rate of your video files (probably 1920x1080i60 if you are in the US). Don't worry about selecting an AVCHD easy setup; in your case it just sets FCE to expect QuickTime/Apple Intermediate Codec video files. Select the easy setup first, then create a new Sequence, then import your converted files and build/edit your video in the new Sequence.
(FYI, Motion JPEG is a video codec that uses the JPEG compression algorithm. MJPEG is used in many digital point & shoot cameras for video.)
Thanks Martin R. Yes I am in the US and will run a test and then the whole pile. thanks for the precise direction.
I will keep you posted as to how it turns out and the next steps.... like what format i should request my voice over file.
p.s. just used the batch mode to do 90+ clips. so far so good.
ok writing (muddling through) the script ...and a coupl eof things occurred to me:
1) What is best way to create music bed
a) Garage band or just have someone record some instrumental. (thinking mandolin at this point)
2) How to convert into FCE friendly file?
3) is there a converter which creates AIFF files?
Ok new Question. My videos which i have imported to FCE are 1920 x 1080. when i look at them in the VEIWER, i have to reduce the percentage in prder to see the whole video.
How do i make the videos so i will be able to use them (edit them) at full screen reduces into the FCE svcreen and end product?
I just re-read Martins input above response.
1920 x etc.
Time to back track a little bit.
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i have to reduce the percentage in prder to see the whole video.
The Viewer is display only, meaning changing the Viewers size changes nothing else, it simply dispalys at a different size.
At the top of the Viewer about the middle you will see a button (000%) select Fit to Window and it will display to suit.
Same deal for the Canvas.
Make sure you start a New Project with the correct Easy Setup selected to match the clips.