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Import MPEG-2 files into Final Cut Pro X

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  • ubernaut Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 2:16 PM (in response to Jowie)

    yes and generally speaking it's a good setting to have checked off (i often check off the proxy media option as well to speed up editing until im ready for export but if you leave that option your final output will be degraded).

  • Jowie Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 2:19 PM (in response to ubernaut)

    Is there no way of transcoding them in FCPX after the fact?

  • ubernaut Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 2:22 PM (in response to Jowie)

    yes by checking off that box can be done at any point.

  • Jowie Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 2:23 PM (in response to ubernaut)

    how?

  • ubernaut Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 2:26 PM (in response to Jowie)

    by checking off that box can be done at any point.

    maybe i'm having trouble with your question but i just told you how.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,615 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 2:56 PM (in response to Jowie)

    Select the clips, right-click and use Transcode Media.

  • Jowie Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 3:01 PM (in response to Tom Wolsky)

    Tom Wolsky wrote:

     

    Select the clips, right-click and use Transcode Media.

     

    That was the answer I was looking for Ubernaut thanks!

  • valemash Calculating status...
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    Feb 1, 2013 5:09 AM (in response to Jowie)

    Wow! It's work!

  • Magnum27 Calculating status...
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    Feb 18, 2013 12:39 PM (in response to DarkNite)

    Hi I have been trying to sort the same problem, I have a Canon XA10, if I only import the raw (.MTS) files from the camera to my HD, then try to import to FCPX it won't have a bar of it, but if I use FCPX to do the import from the camera straight into the programme it will accept them even with a preview prior to importing so you only choose the files you want, it also imports as .mov files so can use or view in QuickTime where the .MTS I could only open with VLC.

    There is a mention of the "camera achieve" in this discussion as apposed to just "the file" not sure where this achieve is but doing it this way does the trick anyway for me with no additional conversion software and the time to do a conversion, so may work for other camera makes. The trouble will be if you are supplied or have files already on HD and no longer on camera!

  • ubernaut Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Feb 18, 2013 12:48 PM (in response to Magnum27)

    it's archive not ahceive but the camera and the archive are the same thing essentially. FCP (all versions) does not recognize raw transport streams (which is what mts files are) if you want to offload to disk you must do by using the archive feature or creating an image of the camera volume. i belive FCP X may help you to copy those files over to an "archive" but is is essentially not very different from creating the image.

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    Mar 4, 2013 12:46 AM (in response to DarkNite)

    ok... after all the discussion.  What is the best quality settings for mpeg streamclip?  I am using similar footage from the archive site.. i know, not the best, but it is what it is.  One movie I tried, it worked great, the other... not so much.  I used the mpeg4 and transcoded in fcp x, and then used mpegstreamclip to output a 422 prores file (1080i).  Was I stretching it too much going from SD to 1080i?

     

    I figure I will have to download the mpeg 2 files (which are over 2 gb), but they should have less artifacts.

     

    Sorry for such a newb question?

  • ubernaut Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 7:32 AM (in response to one2dive_1999)

    personally i wouldn't upscale those clips i would just convert them leave any upscaling to FCP. be aware these clip will already be about 20 times as big in prores as they would be in mpeg2 if you are also upscaling that factor would be closer to 80 times as large.

  • one2dive_1999 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 2:35 PM (in response to ubernaut)

    ok...what settings in mpeg should i use? Mpeg gives me the options of  320x240 (4:3), 426x240 (16:9), 320x240 (unscaled), 720x576 (DV_PAL), 720x 480 (DV_NTSC), 1280x720 (HDTV 720p), 1920x1080 (HDTV 1080i).

     

    The project is 1080i, filmed in 16:9, 1440, 29.97 fps.

     

    If i have to use letterboxes, I'm ok, i just want to get a good quality.  I'm actually using several old films in this project so I'll have to do this multiple times.

     

    I did it yesterday and upsaceled with mpeg...went from 500 mb to 40GB...

     

    I'm new at most of this.  Thanks!!!!

  • ubernaut Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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    Mar 4, 2013 3:32 PM (in response to one2dive_1999)

    well you're not going to get good quality with those kind of clips regardless if it were me i'd just use the imovie import trick the unscaled option is probably what i'd use for mpeg streamclip.

  • 3arrows Calculating status...
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    Apr 9, 2013 3:44 PM (in response to Jowie)

    Hi, Jowie. Thanks so much for your tip on adding MOD. I've been battling for weeks with Apple's arrogance of ignoring mpeg 2. 

    Mpeg 2, good or not,  is very used by many  TV Broadcasters which do have a much larger audience than any specific video shown on vimeo or youtube.

    I was using mpeg streamclip but, after installing mountain lion, I can see mpeg 2 videos but can't convert them using mpeg streamclip. I tried the beta version for mountain lion but it just doesn't work with mpeg 2.

    Compressor, after mountain lion, also stopped accepting mpeg 2. I was managing to use the mpeg 2 files in final cut X and 7 but I had to go through a few time consuming steps and time is one thing I didn't have.

     

    Today I just came across your post and decided to give it a try. I just couldn't believe the simplicity of the thing!

    I will optmize the media but now my workflow will be much quicker. Thanks again, Jowie. 

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