4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 14, 2012 7:50 AM by Hannah320
Hannah320 Level 1 (0 points)

I am used to using Final Cut Pro at my institution which has templates etc installed for us to make setup easier.


However, I have recently been given a copy of Final Cut Pro 7 and was wondering how to set it up to edit footage from my Sony Handycam DCR-SR37 (PAL 25f/s). Most options are for DV footage etc. I know FCP is not fond of 'domestic' cameras but there's things that iMovie cannot do for me which is why I want to use FCP for this particular footage.

Any help would be much appreciated!

  • Russ H Level 7 (20,285 points)

    You'll first need to convert your clips to DV PAL or to Pro Res Quick Time files. MPEG Streamclip can do that for you. If you haven't used this app before, check out Nck Holmes' tutorial.


    Once you convert it all to an editing codec, FCP can automatically determine the correct sequence settings. Just import the converted clips and drag one to the Time Line. when it asks whether you want the sequence to match the clip, choose "yes" and you'll be good to go for the rest of the clips.


    Good luck.



  • Jim Cookman Level 7 (23,435 points)

    I was looking at the spec sheet for that camera-- I can't even tell what it shoots, other than mpeg2.  Is it hi def, Standard def?  What?


    At any rate you'll need to convert to a format that fcp understands.  Use mpeg streamclip: free and indispensable application, to convert it to something fcp understands.  Prores LT is probably perfect.  


    Import those files into fcp and drop a clip into a timeline.  The program will ask if you want to conform the sequence properties to the clip.  Say yes.  Edit happily.  you can export to anything you'd like.

  • darbypsnm Level 3 (720 points)

    Presuming that your footage is already in FC and it is playing properly.

    Create a new sequence

    Drag, insert or overwrite a clip into the sequence.

    If the preferences have not been tinkered with you will be prompted to have the sequence settings match the clip settings. Click yes and then the sequence will match your footage.

  • Hannah320 Level 1 (0 points)

    It shoots 'high quality' standard def. Thanks!