Thank you very much Russ H for answering me. Yes I do need all the clips to be the same Format 1920x1080 / Pixel Square. Because when I mix 1440x1080 with 1920x1080, the former looks squooshed down. I tried a form of Compressor by using Export as Quick Time through Quick Time Conversion. Everything was fine EXCEPT I had horizontal lines (whether I de-interlaced or not). Do you know about Streamclip Movie Converter? What could be causing the clips to revert to 1440x1080 after I import them in the Project, even though they had been converted to 1920x1080 in the Destination Folder on my external drive? Thank you in advance for reading this.
Couple of questions: What format is the original 1440 footage…is it one of the XDCAM flavors, or HDV? Were all four cameras shooting PAL interlaced?
Compressor is very good at some things, including re-sizing and de-interlacing. Although I use Streamclip all the time, I'd go with Compressor to conform your clip.
Thank you very much for your help Russ : yes all 4 cameras are PAL interlaced. Three of them are 1920x1080, same time code. The 4th is different: 1440x1080, Compressor XDCAM HD 1080i50 (35Mb/s VBR), Pixel Aspect: HD (1440x1080).
We shot in Lisbon and a local editor gave me all the footage as .MOV files on my drive. He showed me how he used Streamclip to convert the 1440x1080 files into 1920x1080 and I wrote it all down. But when I do it the converted files (1920x1080) in my Destination folder on my drive, revert back to format 1440x1080 when I import them into my Project! Do you understand why?
I looked at Compressor but I wouldn't know what Settings to choose. My knowledge is limited to preparing files to make DVDs. I would rather stay in Streamcip which looked so simple! Thank you Russ for any solution you can think of. Gratefully.
Nick Holmes is the Streamclip guru on these boards and I bet if you started a thread about changing frame sizes in MPEG Streamclip so they are read correctly in FCP, he'll weigh in with the solution. Although I do use the software for a lot of things, the jobs that require changing pixel aspect ratios are done in Compressor.
Thank you Russ for suggesting the "Streamclip guru" Nick Holmes. Actually I learned about the existence of Streamclip from him. It was about bringing a DVD into FC. I would love to try Compressor to convert Frame Size and Pixel Aspect ratio but I don't know what Settings would give me the Options of Size? Would it be abusing your generosity to ask you that too? Thank you very much.
> But when I do it the converted files (1920x1080) in my Destination folder on my drive, revert back to format 1440x1080 when I import them into my Project! Do you understand why?<
That's probably just a pixel aspect ratio setting. The files are probably sourcing the same original media. One has the square pixel flag on, one has it off.
The main thing with multiclip in Ye Olde Finale Cut Pro was that they all had to be exactly the same format. Exactly. FCPX changed that a bit but it's still much easier to do multiclip with congruent media. And not long GOP codecs or highly compressed codecs like H.264. Use real codecs like ProRes.
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