2 Replies Latest reply: Mar 5, 2013 9:55 AM by Russ H
sunblock90 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have some large avi files (12gb) off of an older Sony DCR-TRV38 camera that I got off of the mini DV cassettes. They are about one hour long. I have not had time to edit them yet. I am thinking of converting them to mp4 format to bring the size down for storage purposes. Is this a bad idea? I have handbrake but cannot seem to get the settings right.

MacBook Pro 15, Mac OS X (10.7.2), 1TB external drive
  • 1. Re: using FCP to convert avi files to mp4?
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,220 points)

    Don't do that. FCP does not work with either of these frameworks well. Handbrake is not suitable for this.


    I've not tested it with DV AVIs, but the simplest thing may be to optimize the media. Not sure if FCP will do that. The other option is to convert to QuickTime. You can use MPEG Streamclip to do this.

  • 2. Re: using FCP to convert avi files to mp4?
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,255 points)

    Depends on what kind of quality you need after you get around to editing them. The more digital information you retain beofre you finish and compress, the better the result. You can always delete the larger files after you complete your project. And I would suggest MPEG STreamclip…much more control.