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FlyinCameraGuy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
So, I have final cut pro on my home computer, and FCE on my laptop. I need to edit my footage from the JVC on my laptop, but FCE doesn't recognize the files.

Is it possible to copy the Apple Intermediate Codec from Final Cut Pro, to FCE and have it work? If so, in which folder do I place it in FCE?

Thanks so much!
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (112,705 points)
    First, it's not legal. Second, you don't need to as the Apple Intermediate Codec is available in FCE. FCP however does not capture HDV using the Apple Intermediate Codec. It uses a proprietary codec that supports HDV natively. It will not work with FCE. If you captured the material in FCP using the Apple Intermediate Codec you can work with it without problem in FCE.
  • FlyinCameraGuy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That's the thing. It's not captured. I import directly from the SDHC card. I need a codec that recognizes the file type. From a different post on here I learned that because one user had the pro app Logic Pro, he was able to edit in FCE.

    "After learning a great deal on this form, The JVC HM100U camcorder I believe is intended for specific Pro editing software to be used. I was lucky to have it work in FCE because I also use Logic Pro 8. I tried to edit or just review the files in a Windows base PC with no success. I have not tried all the add-on or patches, but now I feel this would require a lot of work for the average consumer. If you intend to use the JVC HM100U, I would advice to inquire first if your editing software can work with the MPEG-2 Long GOP format if you are not using FCP. I do not work much with Windows video software, so maybe I wrong on this."
  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (17,825 points)
    I would advice to inquire first if your editing software can work with the >MPEG-2 Long GOP format if you are not using FCP.


    Not with FCE.
    Even with FCPro you will have a tedious *conforming process* to go through.
    IMO, transcode to AIC and edit in FCE if that's what you have to use.

    Al
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (112,705 points)
    This the camera that shoots HDV in QuickTime on a card. It doesn't work with FCE. It's designed for and works specifically with FCP. You could convert the media to the Apple Intermediate Codec using Compressor on your FCP machine.
  • FlyinCameraGuy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well, I was hoping to take my laptop on location, and not worry about my desktop. So using only the laptop would be ideal.
  • FlyinCameraGuy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    what is it in the other poster's Logic app, that allows him to edit on FCE? I know it's an HDV codec, but, specifically?
  • FlyinCameraGuy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks guys. I just wrote my own little codec, and it works great.
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (112,705 points)
    If you moved the codec from the other machine you violated your Final Cut Studio license. It's still going to have to render or be converted to work in FCE.
  • FlyinCameraGuy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That's not what I did actually. I know that would be a violation.
  • DHumphrey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a similar situation. I have film clips in .mp4 format from a friend's JVC HM-100 that I can't import in FCE. I bought a license for QuicktimPro, think it would be able to convert the files, but QTPro can't even open the files - it just gives me an error message ("the movie contains some invalid data") then quits. The files play fine in VLC.

    I tried a video converter software (iSkySoft) and was able to convert to .mov, but I don't feel like shelling out $50 to buy a license after I just wasted $30 on QTPro.

    Any ideas here? I appreciate your help!

    Best regards, David
  • DHumphrey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Update to my post from yesterday. I found a plug-in on the JVC site that converts mp4 to mov during log and transfer in Final Cut Pro. I installed it, but it doesn't appear to work with my Final Cut Express, so I'm still out of luck. Frustrating!
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (112,705 points)
    That's correct. The camera shoots HDV in QuickTime. FCE does not support native HDV in this format only FCP does.
  • DHumphrey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    OK, let me ask me question another way. It looks like the only way to convert the mp4 files from the JVC HM-100 is to buy a video converter software for $50 because QuicktimePro, which cost me $30, doesn't do this, even though it claims to support mp4.

    So now my question: are video converters like iSkySoft reliable enough to use? Do I risk losing any quality? Is there anything in the settings I should watch out for?

    Thanks... David
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (112,705 points)
    MPEG-4 is a format. The codec is a specific native HDV codec that is only available with Final Cut Pro.

    I don't know whether iSkySoft can do this. I doubt it, if the codec is unreadable on your computer, but you should contact them.
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