I am trying to import HD footage (mts) from the Sony HDR xr500 into fcp 7 using log and capture and under preferences choosing apple prores. After the footage is imported and appears in the bin on playing it on full screen I can see the video has interlace issues. Even after I put it on the timeline and view it on full screen it is showing the video is interlaced and flickering occurs on the moving image due to a ghosting effect caused by the interlacing problem. On exporting the video using QT export the interlacing goes away, but in the output the video quality has reduced. As I am looking at editing broadcast quality what is the best way to import Sony HDR xr500 HD footage into FCP with zero loss of quality in the video upto exported level.
Bang on. looks like your suggestion of apple: formats: quicktime: h264 has done it for me. there is no noticeable difference between the original footage and the compressed export of quicktime, h264. Thank you.
Just for information the following settings were used in the camera, which is the same as the one in the owners manual for the camera :-
*1 Movies are recorded with AVCHD 1920 1080/60i format.
The movies are recorded in .mts files as can be seen below:-
So when the above pro res preset is used it shows 29.97 fps, but when the clip settings are matched it automatically changes it to 25 fps, so therefore we could presume that the camera is recording at 25fps. Further even after using an HD DVD preset, the compressor used by fcp as evidenced by clip item properties was eventually apple pro res 422 at data rate 14.9mbps:-
and later using the 1920X1080 60i is was apple pro res 422(HQ) at data rate 21.8 mbps.
The below are the .mov properties of the same clip once imported using log and transfer, one using pro res 422(from preset of HD DVC) and the other using pro res 422(HQ)(preset of 1920x1080 60i. the second time around the clip is much larger. Could it be due to pro res (HQ) being used?
but i noticed that there is no noticeable difference in final output(through QT h264 of this clip imported using prores 422(output size 95MB) compared to prores 422(HQ)(output size 103MB). both are like the original, except the 422(HQ) one slightly larger by about 8MB at 103MB
looking at the quality required by cable companies do you'll think i should anyway once again import all clips using pro res 422(HQ) and edit the 14hours once again?