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allsystemsgo Calculating status...
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Mar 29, 2013 5:13 AM




I have 7d footage which I'm trying to export from Final cut express and when I do it loses quality and comes out a little pixelated.



The video is 1920 x 1080, 25 fps, in 'Get Info' it tells me Codecs: H.264, Linear PCM. The total bit rate is 46,000- 47,000.



In Final Cut the easy set up for the project is HDV-Apple Intermediate Codec 1080i50.



Then I export it at Compression Type: H.264. Keyframes every 25 fr. Encoding: Best Quality.



And export Dimensions: 1280x720 HD



What am I doing wrong?



Please Help I need to sort this ASAP.

  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,560 points)
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    Mar 29, 2013 10:00 AM (in response to allsystemsgo)

    The first problem is that FCE cannot directly edit H.264 video.  FCE has never been able to work directly with H.264 files.  Plus the Easy Setup you chose is expecting HDV video at a 1440x1080 frame size.  So nothing matches in a way that would enable FCE to work properly.


    You need to transcode the 7D video to QuickTime/Apple Intermediate Codec before importing it into FCE.  Also, because the 7D video frame size is 1920x1080 you need to use the AVCHD Apple Intermediate Codec 1080i50 Easy Setup in FCE.


    Try using MPEG Streamclip to convert your 7D video to QT/AIC, 1920x1080i50.  If that doesn't work, try Clipwrap for the conversion.  Then in FCE select the Easy Setup I mentioned above and create a new sequence.  Import the converted 7D video to the new sequence.

  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,560 points)

    No.  It doesn't matter that it's a QuickTime .mov file.  There's no misunderstanding.  QuickTime is just a type of container.  What the 7D puts in its QT .mov files is H.264 video, which can't be edited properly in FCE.   GetInfo is not suggesting a codec to use, it is telling you what the video codec in the .mov file actually is ... it's H.264.  What the 7D produces is QuickTime/H.264.


    You need to convert this stuff to QuickTime/Apple Intermediate Codec for use in FCE, as I detailed earlier.

  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,835 points)

    PPro is designed to edit highly compressed formats (eg H.264) in their native form. FCE was not.


    While I find it takes a very capable computer with a high end card to support the Mercury Engine for smooth playback while editing, PPro will work on most consumer macs as well - just with a more erratic playback.


    H.264 is a specific version of the MPEG 4 specification.



  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,835 points)

    Even though Premiere Pro will edit h.264 without converting, it does a better job with uncompressed formats - ProRes, DVCProHD, Uncompressed 8 bit, etc.


    For a longer discussion and more help, best ask this question on the Adobe forums.


    Good luck,



  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,835 points)

    Hope it works for you.






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