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shippo_uk Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

Hi there

I've got an hour and a half digital video footage that I only need 4 minutes from. I dont want to import the whole thing into FCPX as it will take for ever and I dont want to use up the space either. So is there a free program (Already built into an iMac perhaps) that I can open the video in and cut the part I need before importing to FCPX?

Something that I can import and export in the exact same format without it compressing etc?

 

Thanks

  • andynick Level 5 Level 5 (4,925 points)

    You used to be able to do this very efficiently from within FCP X - but the 10.0.6 update has killed it off.

     

    You can use QuickTime Player to do this - but it's a laborious process.

     

    One of the best I know of is MPEG Streamclip from Squared 5.

    Andy

  • shippo_uk Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Just having a little look at Quick Time Player.

    Why do you say its laborious?

     

    Its a .mov file off my iphone that I'm using, but I cant find the export to .mov option.

  • andynick Level 5 Level 5 (4,925 points)

    shippo_uk wrote:

    Why do you say its laborious?

    Lots of reasons:

     

    • You can only 'Trim' the ends (not the middle).
    • You have to 'Save As' each time.
    • You lose your place (have to find where you left off last edit).

    Andy

  • Goldfish Level 2 Level 2 (355 points)

    Can't you just open it in FCP without creating a new clip, trim it then export a new file?

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (16,440 points)

    If you have (or get) Quick Time Pro, it's also very easy to do.

     

    Russ

  • shippo_uk Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    It wont open with FCPX.

    Right mouse click open with, select Final Cut Pro.app

    when you try to do this it states

    "The document could not be opened. Final Cut Pro cannot open files in the "Quick Time Movie" format."

  • Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (6,805 points)

    What you want to do is trivial with MPEG Streamclip. Just open the video, set an IN and an OUT point and export. Anyone doing anything related to video should have this program - and it is free.

  • Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (6,805 points)

    shippo_uk wrote:

     

    It wont open with FCPX.

    Right mouse click open with, select Final Cut Pro.app

    when you try to do this it states

    "The document could not be opened. Final Cut Pro cannot open files in the "Quick Time Movie" format."

    You don't "open" files with FCP X. That is not how the program is meant to work.

    You start the application and import media into events, then edit them into your projects.

    I think you would benefit a lot from following up on a couple of good video tutorials to learn how FCP X works.

    I recommend Izzy Video (free): http://www.izzyvideo.com/final-cut-pro-x-tutorial

  • shippo_uk Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Luis Sequeira1 wrote:

     

    shippo_uk wrote:

     

    It wont open with FCPX.

    Right mouse click open with, select Final Cut Pro.app

    when you try to do this it states

    "The document could not be opened. Final Cut Pro cannot open files in the "Quick Time Movie" format."

    You don't "open" files with FCP X. That is not how the program is meant to work.

    You start the application and import media into events, then edit them into your projects.

    I think you would benefit a lot from following up on a couple of good video tutorials to learn how FCP X works.

    I recommend Izzy Video (free): http://www.izzyvideo.com/final-cut-pro-x-tutorial

    I am not new to FCPX.

     

    when Goldfish suggested

     

    "Can't you just open it in FCP without creating a new clip, trim it then export a new file?"

     

    This is what I attempted to do, to "Open" it with FCPX. I thought maybe I had missed something and didnt know about this option, but like I said it didnt work.

     

    I dont want to import it into FCPX as it is as I only need a very small piece of footage from it and dont want it additionally cloging up my hard drive with extra copies of the full piece of footage.

     

    I will try MPEG Streamclip Squared 5

  • Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (6,805 points)

    andynick wrote:

     

    You used to be able to do this very efficiently from within FCP X - but the 10.0.6 update has killed it off.

     

     

    Andy, what possessed you to say this?!!

    It has NEVER been so easy to do this in FCP X as it is now.

    I have just imported a one-hour file (deselecting "Copy to Event folder" and all analysis) in seconds, opened in timeline, set an in and an out point in the timeline and exported just the section I wanted.

    This is now possible and trivial to do - it USED to be hard, it is now very easy and EFFICIENT.

  • Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (6,805 points)

    shippo_uk wrote:

     

    I am not new to FCPX.

     

    when Goldfish suggested

     

    "Can't you just open it in FCP without creating a new clip, trim it then export a new file?"

     

    This is what I attempted to do, to "Open" it with FCPX. I thought maybe I had missed something and didnt know about this option, but like I said it didnt work.

     

    I dont want to import it into FCPX as it is as I only need a very small piece of footage from it and dont want it additionally cloging up my hard drive with extra copies of the full piece of footage.

     

    I will try MPEG Streamclip Squared 5

     

    Like I said, MPEG Streamclip is probably the fastest, easiest to do this. But it is also possible to do it in FCP X (see my post in response to andynick).

    You have to pay attention to the setting called "Copy files to Final Cut Events folder": if that box is checked, FCP X will copy the entire media file; if it is not, it will only create an alias to your media file, which occupies virtually no space at all.

  • Goldfish Level 2 Level 2 (355 points)

    I should have said "import" into FCPX.

    I'm not using FCPX yet but I'm sure you can do this. Follow the instructions that Luis just posted.

  • andynick Level 5 Level 5 (4,925 points)

    Luis Sequeira1 wrote:

    Andy, what possessed you to say this?!!

    Don't you get compresson when you export?

     

    Apart from that, importing into FCP X, then exporting, then importing again is what you call easy? To me it's more like a workaround.

     

    Up until 10.0.6, I could dump my camera files on a dedicated drive or partition (with no other types of files images, or folders on it). Then launch FCP X and press Cmd+i.

     

    From there I could mark in and out points and import directly into the Event of my choice.

     

    How can Importing, Exporting and then Re-importing be easier than that Luis?

    Andy

  • Luis Sequeira1 Level 5 Level 5 (6,805 points)

    Andy, I may have misunderstood the original question. I took it to mean that the OP had a one hour video *file* - say, a .mov file - and only needed some part of it. The procedure I described certainly is not as simple as importing just a section of the file - a feature that has never been present in FCP X, anyway. But it is now possible, and it wasn't so earlier.

     

    You seem to interpret the OP's question as an "Import from Camera". If so, it is as possible now as it was before.

     

    Still, I don't understand what part has 10.0.6 "killed off". Is it no longer possible to import from a camera archive on disk? AFAICT, FCP X still regards a drive as a camera or a regular drive depending on its content, so at the very least you should be able to wrap your archive as a disk image and still import as if from camera (I am ready to accept that this too may be classified as a workaround). Or I am misunderstanding still?

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