Interesting: With Copy and Optimize unchecked it made a .mov copy of my .mts file of about the same size and placed it in the Original Media folder.
I will play around with it a bit to see how editing and a little color correction goes, but will probably Optiimize in the end.
Btw, hello and arnaldur indridason to you!
Hey, hope all is swell. Thanks for the reply.
Y'know, it's odd. Not to quibble but the .mov file is slightly smaller than the .mts file. I thot optimized ProRes 422 would be 4x or so larger.
And Info says: "Codecs: H.264". Does that sound like 422, I thot they're something different, MPEG or somethin'? Is it possible they just give it a diferent 'sheath'? Sorry, forget the word.
Another thing is that the file name ends with "(id).mov". Does that mean anything or is that typical?
Btw, love your videos re FCPX.
Hey Tom! Thanks for the reply.
The original is AVCHD but "Info" doesn't give me much info except "Kind: MPEG Transport Stream".
I do find it curious that despite unchecking Copy and Optimize it still created an H.264 .mov file, and one slightly smaller than the .mts file. Any ideas why? I thot it would somehow simply point to such a file. Could it be some kind of proxy?
Copy and Optimize will create two files, H.264 QuickTime and ProRes QuickTime. When you have playback set for original/optimized it will play the ProRes file. You can conver this by selecting reveal in Finder. The info tab of the inspector will still show the original file information, not the ProRes information.
I think what was created was a proxy file, tho it certainly doesn't look low rez. I think so because ProRes is supposedly 4x bigger than regular, proxies 1/4 of Prores, essentially the same size as the original file. The files created in my original media despite no checking Copy or Optimize are approximately the same size as the originals, ie 1/4 ProRes. Ergo, they are proxy.
Question re Avid's DnxHD codec: Does it work with FCPX? Is it superior? When installed will FCPX recognize and give you that option?
I don't know what files you're talking about. Maybe a screen shot or two would help. If you check optimize with H.264 files you will get ProRes files. They are in the original media folder. They are in a separate folder. You will have both H.264 files and ProRes files. If you don't check proxy, you won't get proxy, but you can believe whatever you want.
Avid codecs cannot be used for rendering or export.
Thanks for the reply.
I don't check Optimize or Proxy in "Import from Camera".
I uncheck Copy in the Prefs.
I get .mov files in my Original Media folder, see attached. (The file of the woman is smaller than the .mts H.264 file.)
Why is it making these files? A puzzler.
What should I see and how should FCPX be handling this if I don't check Optimize or Proxy or Copy?
If you uncheck copy in import that only effects files that are imported not from a camera or a camera archive. If you import from a camera or archive, you don't have an option, the file has to be copied. Notice at the bottom of that list the files that were imported not from a camera or archive. They have aliases to the location of the original file. When the file is copied from the archive it is rewrapped to QuickTime. The file size will change depending on the content. It can vary in size depending on a bunch of factors. Open the file in the QT player and see what it says in the movie inspector.
Now we're talking!! Excellent info!
I opened in QT, opened movie inspector, and took a screen shot. It's below. It's says Format is 'avc1'. What is that and is it a ProRes or other high quality format?
Is it worthy of editing in (I like the size)?
And the Current Size 1680x946, what does that indicate?
This certainly seems easy to use, no oddities editing tho maybe I should bring in as ProRes file and do some fx and export just to compare the ease of use, render times and quality of export.
I've been watching movies and practicing the techniques, am really quite psyched to get into it.