Currently Being ModeratedJul 4, 2012 6:09 AM (in response to Studio X)
Thanks for the advice Studio X but...
... the story above is actually a simplified version a real problem at my company. We are trying to bring all kind of video assets to our FCP workstations in an automated manner. The idea is to store all incoming audio & video content "as is" (without conversion) on our servers. Then upon request from an editing room serve the content in the appropriate format for the project at hand (we don't have a standard setting for all our projects). Ideally the conversion should be done in the server room because this will free up the CPU in the edting room and the valuable time of our editors and directors.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2012 10:44 AM (in response to SvenVRT)
Why don't you try FLIP FACTORY? That aside, you can easily find your sequence and clip settings from within FCP and manually convert media in MPEG STREAMCLIP. Dealing with formats and transcoding is part of the editing I'm afraid. FCP will cope with many formats and you can mix frame sizes on the timeline. if you drop unknown media into a sequence and it doesn't provke a red render line you're good to go. If you do get a red line, back off and convert.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2012 11:21 AM (in response to SvenVRT)
easy enuf to customize a compressor preset and/or droplet to match specific sequence settings and then just apply this preset to the source files. Automating the process, no.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 7, 2012 3:42 PM (in response to Michael Grenadier)
Teach the editors to be more tech savvy...as FCP is great because it is open, but requires that editors pay attention to what the settings are, and what they are doing. They can't just be creative only...unless:
Hire assistant editors to do all of the proper conversions and project management. This is done all over on many large shows, because the editors there are creative only and are not technical.
So either teach the editors to do this, and HOW to do it...or hire an assistant or two that will do this for them. Or get editing software that doesn't require transcoding.
There is no easy button app for FCP 7 for this. THere is for audio, but not video: