4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 28, 2012 11:09 PM by Alchroma
Fenicks Level 1 (0 points)

Hi, So, I'm trying to make fan edits of existing films. I've been at the first one for way too long and it is no longer enjoyable. I know if I can firgure out the first one, the rest will be the same. I've gone through several attempts (in the beginning, actually going as far as editing the whole film, exporting, burning, only to find out it didn't work). I am now starting with the first five minutes of the first film and I've tried everything and it still jumps. I've watched contless tutorials and have read more discussion boards than I ever wanted to. I have tried ripping a dvd, converting to every possible format before importing, Gave up on that and found a great bluray download and have been attempting to use that. When I downloaded it, its was an MP4. Tried using that in FCE. Jumpy. Converted it to an MOV file. Imported that into FCE. Jumpy. I'm all out of ideas, tutorials and message boards. Please someone help me before I sell all my electronics to go live in a cabin in the woods. Haha.


Original Download:


1080p BluerayX264 MP4 (Don't know what the 264 stands for.)




Final Cut Server, Mac OS X (10.6.8), The Product is Final Cut Express 4
  • Alchroma Level 6 (18,260 points)

    FCE does not work with Progressive footage.


    You need to convert media to the specs of one of the FCE>Easy Setups.

    Quicktime interlaced.


    Try Streamclip from Squared 5.



  • Russ H Level 7 (20,240 points)


  • Fenicks Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your response. So, I'm obviously not the best at this kind of thing. By Progressive footage do you mean 1080p? I have noticed that FCE has a setup for 1080i and many below that but not 1080p.


    Also, what is quicktime interlaced? and what is Squared 5?


    Thanks for your patience.



  • Alchroma Level 6 (18,260 points)

    Squared 5 info:




    The above is free and can do a lot of video transcoding.


    "Progressive footage do you mean 1080p? "


    Yes that's correct.

    Interlaced means 2 fields of video working together to display one frame.

    The TV/Monitor scans lines 1,3,5,7,9 and so on for the first field then 2,4,6,8 for the next to create the frame.

    Progressive displays one frame without this interlacing.

    At 1080 you must use Interlaced eg. 1920 x 1080i.


    Quicktime itself is like a container that holds stuff, think of a tin can and you decide what to put in there.

    Quicktime holds lots of differing types of CoDecs (Compression/Decompression).

    Codecs conform to exact standards and FCE understands some of them.

    That's why whatever you use or transcode a file to, must conform to an FCE Easy Setup so it works seamlessly.