12 Replies Latest reply: Sep 10, 2011 9:18 AM by LXjordanXL
LXjordanXL Level 1 Level 1

I'm having an issue with Final Cut Pro 7: I'm trying to put a solid matte color over a video. This work succesfully but when I try to adjust the opacity or crop it top to bottom, my preview screen begins freaking out! I took a screen shot of this and it would be amazing if someone could help me out with this problem:

 

http://i.imgur.com/WEdIq.png

 

 

Thank you guys!!


Final Cut Pro 7, Mac OS X (10.7)
Solved by Meg The Dog on Sep 9, 2011 8:04 PM Solved

Click on one of your source clips  that this is happening to in the FCP browser, and when it is selected, type Command + 9 to see the item properties for the clip. Either take a screen shot and post it here or report what the item properties are for the souirce clip.

 

Next, click anywhere on the timeline and type Command + 0 {zero} to see your Sequence Settings. Either take a screen shot and post it here or report what the Sequence settings are.

 

Are you using any still images in your sequence? If so, are they all RGB / 8 bits channel?

 

Thanks

 

MtD

Reply by Meg The Dog on Sep 9, 2011 11:16 PM Helpful

It means you have to find the right method to transcode your footage. Once it transcoded properly, you should be OK. See if this helps:

 

http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/eos_movie_pulgin_article. shtml

 

MtD

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  • LXjordanXL Level 1 Level 1

    I also just realized that it does this if I try to do this with an kind of text...please help!

  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.video
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    Some basic trouble shooting:

     

    Completely shut down and restart your computer. Launch FCP, if the problem persists, make a new sequence and see it also occurs in a new sequence. If the new sequence works correctly, then you have a corrupt sequence.

     

    If the problem occurs in the new sequence after the restart, quit FCP and trash your preferences by downloading Preference Manager (free) from Digital Rebellion:

    http://www.digitalrebellion.com/prefman/

     

    trash your preferences, restart the computer, re-launch FCP and see if the problem persists.

     

    What computer are you using?

     

    MtD

  • LXjordanXL Level 1 Level 1

    Hi thank you for your reply!! I am using the  iMac 27-inch 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 processor 4GB ram. I will immediately try this and get back to you! Again thank you!!!

  • LXjordanXL Level 1 Level 1

    Hey Meg,

    I tried it again and unfortunately it is still doing this...so frustrating. I will put the solid color over the video but as soon as I start messing with the motion tab and adjusting it by cropping and the opacity, it begins to flicker with that pattern. Here is my latest screen shot after I trashed my preferences: http://i.imgur.com/Xb4Bj.jpg

     

    p.s. it also does this with text no just solid colors.

  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.video
    Video

    Click on one of your source clips  that this is happening to in the FCP browser, and when it is selected, type Command + 9 to see the item properties for the clip. Either take a screen shot and post it here or report what the item properties are for the souirce clip.

     

    Next, click anywhere on the timeline and type Command + 0 {zero} to see your Sequence Settings. Either take a screen shot and post it here or report what the Sequence settings are.

     

    Are you using any still images in your sequence? If so, are they all RGB / 8 bits channel?

     

    Thanks

     

    MtD

  • LXjordanXL Level 1 Level 1

    Hey Meg,

    I just noticed something interesting. I just purchased a Canon 7D and all of the source files that I have been using (MVI_1387) have been the ones causing the issue:   http://i.imgur.com/49LMZ.jpg

     

    When I realized this I exported a video sample file from my other camera, Sony HD Handycam and did the same type of cropping with solid colors..it worked! :http://i.imgur.com/UqvzY.jpg

     

    Here are my Sequence Settings: http://i.imgur.com/aeqj2.jpg

     

    I am not using any still images in my sequence by the way. Again thank you so much for your help!

     

    -Jordan

  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.video
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    How did your source clips get transcoded to ProRes 4444? That is way overkill, and that codec is designed to carry a matte channel for very high end production purposes. It does not add any quality to your source files, it just makes the file sizes very, very large and cumbersome - really taxing your computer and drives.

     

    Do you have the original camera files? If so, try converting the clips to Pro Res 422 or Pro Res LT and see if you have the same problems. If you don't have the original files, take one of your Pro Res 4444 clips and use Compressor to convert it to standard Pro Res or Pro Res LT and see if the problem persists.

     

    MtD

  • LXjordanXL Level 1 Level 1

    Meg,

    I have no idea how they got transcoded to ProRes4444. I might sound like a complete noob by saying this but I actually log and transfered that last file (MVI_1387) from my Canon 7D straight into FCP and Im not sure how to change them back to 422.  Does this mean that when I log and transfer my files from my Canon 7D to FCP that I will have to convert them every time? Sorry for the amateur questions lol. Thank you!

     

    -Jordan

  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.video
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    You must be using some kind of plug in as FCP does not ingest H.264 directly (which is what you camera records in, I believe). Are you using Log and Transfer?

     

    Check for preferences in your ingestion process that lets you set some more reasonable codec such as Pro Res 422 or Pro Res LT.

     

    I know there is a Canon plug -in available, are you using that? I use Magic Bullet Grinder to ingest DSLR footage, so am not familiar with the Canon plug in.

     

    Maybe someone will read your post and be able to help you in more detail.

     

    MtD

  • LXjordanXL Level 1 Level 1

    Yes I use a card reader and do log and transfer? So does this mean I wont be able to edit my footage anymore with the Canon 7D footage?

  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.video
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    It means you have to find the right method to transcode your footage. Once it transcoded properly, you should be OK. See if this helps:

     

    http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/eos_movie_pulgin_article. shtml

     

    MtD

  • LXjordanXL Level 1 Level 1

    Meg,

    I got everything to work! Thank you so much, the world needs more people like you!!