5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 16, 2012 1:21 PM by Michael Grenadier
jmsbnd88 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello, in FCP 7 I'm having trouble exporting a file that is ALREADY an H.264. I figured I would just regular QT export (NOT QT conversion) with the compression in sequence settings set to NONE (so it would be exported how it is, an H.264), but when i do that, I get NO video, only audio.


so the ONLY way I've been able to export it WITH video it is to re-H.264 it, and the loss in quality is undesirable. any things I can try so i don't lose any quality, compression or sequence settings, etc? thanks!

MacBook Pro
  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 (29,930 points)

    Why do you have H.264 clips in FCP to begin with?  FCP doesn't work with H.264 natively.



  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    Want to edit H.264 native? Don't use FCP.  Adobe Premiere works with this natively.  If you want to edit it in FCP, you need to transcode it to ProRes.  And no, you won't notice the difference between the ProRes files and H.264 originals. ProRes is a good codec designed for high quality.  And yes, you will convert back to H.264.  How compressed it looks depends on the settings.


    Again, want native. Use Adobe.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 (20,340 points)

    Actually fcp will work with h264 material, just not dependably.

  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    Dependability is everything.

  • Michael Grenadier Level 7 (20,340 points)

    I agree, but people are always complaining when we tell them not to work in h264, that it's always worked before...


    I actually have a peculiar workflow in which I bring in an xml sequence from premiere into fcp which remains linked to the h264 media, and do a media manage to prores.  It's worked flawlessly (so far - not sure I would recommend it to anyone).


    You and I seem to have a basic philosophical difference of opinion.  You seem to want to only give people the information that they should have, while I think people should be allowed to make their own mistakes.  If they choose to ignore my advice....   Not sure my way is the right way, and I know I can be a pain by nitpicking this stuff.


    And the OP probably tuned out a long time ago.