Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2012 2:07 AM (in response to Russ H)
They left off PDF.
Importing PDFs is kind of cool actually -- every "page" in a PDF comes in as a kind of video clip with 1 second per page regardless of preference settings for still images (upon importing, I elected to transcode for optimized and proxy, but this is not necessary.)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2012 9:07 AM (in response to serenity99)
Here is the updated page for 10.0.6.
FCP page is always up to date.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2012 9:41 AM (in response to BenB)
God I hate this list. It's complete BS. Sure you import some of these frameworks and codecs and formats but they will completely bugger your projects and your system. It is a complete misrepresentation of reality and what the application is actually capable of.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2012 10:48 AM (in response to serenity99)
… What is the difference between mp4 and mov and why is one better than the other?
for a start ....
to confuse you even more:
.mp4 is a wrapper
mpeg-4 is a codec ...
mpeg4 could be inside a .mov or a .mp4
and the famous h.264-codec could be inside a .mov or .mp4
on AppleOS, I would suggest .mov as wrapper, and for usage in FCPX an intermediate codec such as proRes ...
for delivery, h.264 inside .mp4 is 'more universal'.-
final confusion: .mts (such in AVCHD) is another container … for h.264.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2012 3:33 PM (in response to Russ H)
These shouldn't be here. You can get away with the compressed audio formats in some circumstances, but will causes problems in other. They also cause major problems when imbedded in video. The video formats work if the media is optimized, which is like saying it's converted. The problem with 3GP and MP4 is that even if they're optimized they don't work well as the usually have compressed audio, which optimizing won't fix.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 11, 2012 3:46 PM (in response to serenity99)
If you have to convert the WMV file *anyway* -- you might as well go straight to ProRes 4444, 422(HQ), 422, or LT. Blow off any intermediary formats.
ALL MPEG formats are compressed (lossy). ProRes IS a compression, but "virtually" lossless. FCPX is a "native speaker" of ProRes... It just stands to reason not to step on the original more than is necessary.
MP4 (mpeg-4) is "old and lousy." H.264 IS an mpeg-4, BUT it is a newer ("new and improved!") and better delivery format (none better, IMO, so far -- it's also the codec that gets Apple's and Google's/YouTube's "seal of approval".)
.mov is a quicktime file. A Quicktime file can be any compatible codec that it can read (ProRes, Animation, MP4, H.264, DV, DVCPro, Photo JPEG, PNG, etc., etc... as long as the codecs are installed) "MOV" doesn't necessarily have any specific meaningfulness other than it will play in the Quicktime and compatible applications (including FCPX). A MOV can also be an audio only file, by way of an example of being just a container. A MOV can also contain text tracks, masks, and sprites.