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Arinya Level 1 Level 1

Got footage from client and when I import all my files they just show up as green boxes. No video image or sound. I opened up After Effects and it could play them just fine. This happen to anyone else?

 

Oh and I tried to check the background tasks but then my screen froze up for a second. Then turned blue and kicked out to the Mac log in screen like if I had chosen to log out. This has happend to me before on another project. Using disk utilities I cleaned up permissions and verified the disk. It did the trick but not this time. I still get all green boxes on this new project. Bizarre!


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
Solved by Arinya on Aug 30, 2012 9:26 AM Solved
Okay good and bad news. The good is using the XDCAM Browser I could see all the footage and even export directly to Final Cut Pro X. There's a nifty button just for that.  Click on Softawre Downloads and then click on XDCAM Browser Software. Use this link:http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/micro-xdcam/resource.downloads The bad thing is that I have to do each video one by one! UGH!!! I'll keep digging around to see if there is a batch export I can do because I am not going to export each single video. That will take all day. I'll just log everything in Premiere. Even though I really don't like Premiere. Sorry to burst your bubble Tom but I think you are confusing FCP and FCPX maybe? FCPX cannot read the files without using the Sony XDCAM Browser to export the video into a file that FCPX will read regardless of how you have the files structured. If you have it figured out please let me know your set up using FCPX and Sony XDCAM footage.
Reply by Badunit on Aug 30, 2012 8:35 AM Helpful
A highly related topic: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3151272?start=0&tstart=0 and a link that may or may not help: http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/micro-xdcam/resource.downloads.bbsccms-assets-micro -xdcam-downloads-XDCAMSoftwareDownload.shtml#apps

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  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    Got to have complete information. What are the specifications of the files you're talking about? Please open the file in the QuickTime player if you can and report exactly what it says in the movie inspector. Post a screen shot.

  • Arinya Level 1 Level 1

    Won't open in QT. Here's the error QT gives me.

     

    The operation couldn’t be completed. (OSStatus error -12909.)

     

    Oh and the footage was shot on a Sony EX1. Dunno if that helps?

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    Then it's probably not going to work in FCP. Try opening it in VLC and getting the information. Try opening it in MPEG Streamclip.

  • Arinya Level 1 Level 1

    Streamclip won't open it and VLC does not give me any information. The info window has no info on the video. =(

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    is this Widnows Media Video? Do you have Perian isntalled? Filp4Mac?

     

    If you can open them in AfterEffects, what are the specs that AE lists for for media?

  • Arinya Level 1 Level 1

    Sorry...I didn't know you had asked this.

     

    Well I got another project from the same guys and same issue. The videos are MPEG (MP4) files from a Sony camera (trying to get details on the exact camera). I do not have Perian installed. I do have Flip4Mac installed but the files will not play in QT. The error I get is posted above. They do open in both Premiere and After Effects. VLC is telling me the codec is MPEG-1/ 2 Video (mpgv).

     

    Oops for got to mention in AE the files are MPEG 4 files. I don't know if there is a button that will give me more info about the video but this is what I am reading from the Project window in AE.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    AE can output in a lot of different formats including QuickTime. You need to set your output settings so that they're in QuickTime using ProRes. You really do not want to export form AE and then recompress the material when converting when AE should be able to produce the results you want directly.

  • Arinya Level 1 Level 1

    Are you saying I have to import all the videos in AE and then export them as ProRes so FCPX can read them? That's ridiculous. I have 120GB of video files with this one project alone. That's a total waste of time....

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    I'm sorry I thought you were working in After Effects. If you're not using AE what's it have to do with this? You were bringing the files into AE in the first message.

     

    Sorry, can't help without real information. It soudns as oif the files are in some format that requires a folder structure that can't be read properly. Premiere probably could do it.

  • Arinya Level 1 Level 1

    Nope. This is all about FCPX.  I get green boxes when I import all the files. Adobe reads it all fine but FCPX does not. I bought FCPX and it doesn't work with any of the footage from a Sony cam? What the heck Apple? Anyone else having this problem?

     

    What other "real" info am I missing here?

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    I bought FCPX and it doesn't work with any of the footage from a Sony cam?

     

    This is just plain wrong. It works correctly if the material is in the correct form. If you have the folder structure the XDCAM media belongs in it can be imported into FCP. Because it sounds as if the media was provided to you stripped out of the folder structure then it cannot be imported using the camera import function. The raw media does not include the metadata information FCP needs for it. You can see this problem in other applications.

     

    Not sure what you can do with it at this stage if you can't get the media in thr proper structure. Maybe someone else knows how to convert the media.

  • Arinya Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks Badunit. I have already downloaded the plug in awhile ago when this first happened and it did not help me but I'm gonna try messing around with the XCAM Explorer and see if that helps. Thanks!

  • Arinya Level 1 Level 1

    Okay good and bad news. The good is using the XDCAM Browser I could see all the footage and even export directly to Final Cut Pro X. There's a nifty button just for that.

     

    Click on Softawre Downloads and then click on XDCAM Browser Software. Use this link:

    http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/micro-xdcam/resource.downloads

     

    The bad thing is that I have to do each video one by one! UGH!!! I'll keep digging around to see if there is a batch export I can do because I am not going to export each single video. That will take all day. I'll just log everything in Premiere. Even though I really don't like Premiere.

     

    Sorry to burst your bubble Tom but I think you are confusing FCP and FCPX maybe? FCPX cannot read the files without using the Sony XDCAM Browser to export the video into a file that FCPX will read regardless of how you have the files structured. If you have it figured out please let me know your set up using FCPX and Sony XDCAM footage.

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