3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 9, 2012 1:46 PM by Meg The Dog
Philip Cutting Level 1 (0 points)


I am working with footage shot on a Sony EX1, set to 1080p25 35mbs. I import these via 'log and transfer' using the XDCAM EX 1080p25 VBR preset in the easy-setup section. However, in the "Sequence settings' menu section, I note that the sequence settings show that in 'General', the sequence shows up as HDTV 1080i. At the bottom of that menu page the QT video settings are set to XDCAM EX1080p etc.


Why is there this discrepancy with the HDTV 1080i settings when I only want 1080p25?

How can I get rid of it?

Does this mean my footage is being transcoded from XDCAM EX to HDTV?



iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • Meg The Dog Level 6 (10,880 points)

    HDTV 1080i is referring to the pixel dimension of your frame which is 1920 x 1080. It sets the pixel dimensions of the frame in the timeline, and you use  it  regardless if you are shooting whatever frame rate: 60i, 60p, 30p, 24p, etc., as long as you shot a 1920 x 1080 frame size.  Your frame dimension is independent of the frame rate, which is why there are two separate controls to set in the Sequence settings.



  • Philip Cutting Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for this answer. I don't understand what you mean when you refer to 'your frame.' Does this mean I am simply viewing the clips in the viewer as HDTV? There does not seem to be any change in my clip properties.

  • Meg The Dog Level 6 (10,880 points)

    I think you are over-thinking this and worrying about a non-existent problem.

    In the sequence settings, the short cut preset to set the Frame size of the sequence to 1920 x 1080 is called HDTV 1080i. It could be called "1920x1080 preset" but I believe at the time FCP was being written, 1080i was more in use and so they gave it that name.


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    All it does is give a sequence frame size of 1920 x 1080, which is what you want. It effects nothing else.