13 Replies Latest reply: May 13, 2012 8:59 PM by Alchroma
Kennbu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am editing a wedding and decided to brek up each major portion. I now have four sequences. When copied sequence two into seguence one, the footage from sequence two. The canvas size was the same at 50%, however the image size from sequence two ws very small in the canvas. The same happened with my other sequences.

The purposes of putting joining the sequences was to put the whole project together. What did I do wrong? Am I not supposed to copy and paste from sequence to sequence?

 

Please advise.

 

The easy setup is set to DV/Panasonic DVCPro


Mac Pro
  • 1. Re: Sequences with different attributes
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,250 points)

    Sure… copy/paste is a perfectly OK way to work…within or even across projects.

     

    So what are those sequence settings for your four sequences?

     

    Russ

  • 2. Re: Sequences with different attributes
    Kennbu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The only difference in the sequence setting is that the first sequence shows filmstrip under thumbnail display. I changed the other sequences to match the first and nothing changed. When I changed the canvas to "Fit to Window" the image on goes to 55% of the screen on the pasted footage. The "Load Sequence Preset is the same for all sequences. Yet the footages from Sequence 1 are fine. Is there anything else I should look for?

  • 3. Re: Sequences with different attributes
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,250 points)

    I'd be surprised if all the sequences have the same settings. Control Click in browser (s) of each sequence, choose item properties and note the frame sizes.

     

    Russ

  • 4. Re: Sequences with different attributes
    Kennbu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay, I have checked the frame sizes. Some of them are the same (those shot with the same camera) and some are not. Yet even those shot with the same camera are different when pasted into the 1st sequence. The image appears stretched.

  • 5. Re: Sequences with different attributes
    Kennbu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have done some further analysis.

    There are difference in the vid rate (Sequence 1 -29.97, Sequence 59.94)

    Also differences in the Compressor (Motion JPEG vs Apple Intermediate Codec vs. H.264)

    Is there a way to rectify or is it too late?

  • 6. Re: Sequences with different attributes
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,250 points)

    Lots of moving parts, but never say never. From what you indicate in your last post, at least part of the material is HD.

     

    You want to do at least two things: get everything into a single editing ceodec (AIC), and conform the clips/sequences  to a common frame rate. Same frame size would be nice, but not as important as the codec and rate.

     

    I think your best approach would be to choose the format (size and frame rate) that the majority of your movie was shot in and create a new project and an AIC sequence with those settings. Then you could export your four finished sequences, conform as necessary and reimport them into your project as clips. You would finish and export as QT, current settings (AIC) and you'd have a movie file that could be re-purposed for DVD, the Web, projection, mobile, etc.

     

    If you are able to buy ($49) and learn Compressor, it can do this very well. If you intend to do these sort of projects fairly often, the tool would be worth the investment of $ and time.

     

    The other way would be to export using Quick Time Conversion.

     

    Of course, there's always the option of starting all over and re-importing the footage…

     

    It's been a while since I worked with FCE, amd perhaps someone else will chime in and point out some options that I'm over-looking.

     

    Good luck.

     

    Russ

  • 7. Re: Sequences with different attributes
    Kennbu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have been agonizing over this as you can imagine. I can't count the hours spent cominfg this point in this project.  In the mean time, I have tried to just copy and paste them into a new project but the clips that were not previously setup in AIC show as very wide and the height is diminished.

     

    So when you say "export your four finished sequences, conform as necessary" , what do you mean by conform as necessary. Do I export them as a .mov? How would I conform them so that the clips do not appear disproportionate?

     

    By the way, I was going to purchase Compressor but it seems that it will only work for FC Pro X.

  • 8. Re: Sequences with different attributes
    Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (17,195 points)

    Sounds like you also have some aspect ratio dramas as well.

    Try this to change stuff from 4:3 to 16:9 or 16:9 back to 4:3.

     

    Al

  • 10. Re: Sequences with different attributes
    Kennbu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much for this. I will work on this and see how it turns out. I am a bit concerned that the link above seems to refer to Final Cut Pro and not Final Cut Express so I hope this works.

     

    Thank you

  • 11. Re: Sequences with different attributes
    Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (17,195 points)

    It works exactly the same.

     

    Al

  • 12. Re: Sequences with different attributes
    Kennbu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay, it has been suggested that I download Final Cut Pro X and start over. I have downloaded Final Cut Pro X. If I export each of the sequences from Final Cut Express as .mov will FCP X take those .mov files and transcode them so that they all can be joined together in one project so that the differences that existed in Final Cut Express (because of the different Compressor type), will not exist in FCP X?

     

    Please let me know.

  • 13. Re: Sequences with different attributes
    Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (17,195 points)

    Try the FCP X forum.

    Here's one that should be helpful:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/17528896#17528896

     

    Al