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DarkNite Level 1 (0 points)

This is really a two part question.

 

I am trying to import MPEG-2 files into Final Cut Pro X. I have the raw files from a Sony Handicam HDR-SR5 as well as raw files from an Sony Handicam MDR-CX560.  These files were recorded as MPEG-2 files and copied from the camera hard drives (entire folders were copied containind the MPEG-2 fies) to a local hard drive on my computer.

 

Final Cut Pro X does not recognize the files and will not import them.

 

I have tried to use Compressor to conver the fies. I am using the very latest version that touts being able to export to Final Cut X format.  I don't see that option anywhere in the settings.

 

Is there a way to get the files into Final Cut Pro X without having to convert them?  It seems a little rediculous that Final Cut Pro can import the files directly from the camera but not from the hard drive.

  • Badunit Level 6 (11,615 points)

    Are you trying to import them as files or as a camera archive? I suspect you are trying to import files. If FCPX can import them directly from the camera, it is also able to import them from your "camera archive" on your HD.  In other words, import them the same way you would from the camera. That is, assuming you copied the entire set of folders and files from your camera to create a real camera archive.

  • andynick Level 5 (4,925 points)

    Use MPEG Streamclip from Squared 5 (free software) to convert the media to something like ProRes 422, then import into FCP X.

     

    MPEG Streamclip can cope with many codecs.

    Andy

  • DarkNite Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, I am trying to import them as files not an archive.  The camera's hard drive has several folders. I only copied the folder that contained the .mpg files and not the others.  Lesson learned. I will have to copy the entire contents of the camera hard drive next time.

  • DarkNite Level 1 (0 points)

    Do you have an idea how long it takes to do the conversion?  A 20 minute video is about 1.7 GB in files size.  When trying to convert to ProRes 422 in Compressor it was goin to be 6 GB or larger when it was done and take abou 30 minutes.

  • andynick Level 5 (4,925 points)

    Don't try to work with (highly compressed) MPEG 2 in FCP X.

    Use MPEG Streamclip to convert to ProRes 422 first.

    Life will be much easier for you if you do.

    Andy

  • DarkNite Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok, great. I will try that. Thanks for you (and thank you Badunit too) for your quick responses.

  • andynick Level 5 (4,925 points)

    DarkNite wrote:

    A 20 minute video is about 1.7 GB in files size.  When trying to convert to ProRes 422 in Compressor it was goin to be 6 GB or larger when it was done and take abou 30 minutes.

    Sounds about right - ProRes 422 is roughly between 5 and 8 times bigger than native camera footage - sometimes as much as 10 times, I believe, but it's well worth it for editing, effects and playback quality.

    The time required depends largely on your processor power but 30 mins sounds realistic.

    Andy

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 (115,505 points)

    These cameras record both SD and HD. The SD media is MPEG-2, and that cannot be imported from the camera. Only the AVCHD media can be imported from the camera. Streamclip can convert the SD media but not the HD media.

  • Arinya Level 1 (20 points)

    This is really annoying. Why won't Final Cut just read MPEG-2? I have a ton of footage and MPEG Streamclip won't convert because I don't have the Apple QuickTime Component installed. Do I have to buy the QuickTime component?

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 (115,505 points)

    If you want to use Streamclip with MPEG-2 you have to buy the playback component.

  • Arinya Level 1 (20 points)

    So Final Cut can export to MPEG format but it can't read MPEG?

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 (115,505 points)

    MPEG can be a lot of things. If you're referring to MPEG-2. FCP can't export MPEG-2. It can burn a muxed DVD disc or build a DVD disk image.

  • srini_hyd Level 1 (0 points)

    However, please note that even if you buy MPEG-2 plugin for Quick time, this plugin is not compatible on Lion.  I raised this concer to Apple and they refunded my $20 when I could not install the mpeg-2 plugin on Lion.

     

    Just get MpegStreamclip beta on Lion, you should be ok.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 (115,505 points)

    The problem is with the installer. You can get it installed in an Apple store.

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