Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2013 3:05 PM (in response to Dan Thomas (DAGWare))
Here is the video
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2013 7:25 PM (in response to Dan Thomas (DAGWare))
It now appears that the length of the "template" video does matter. Apparently, that's the maximum length any clip can be, that starts with the template video.
So I created a very low-quality one hour video, for my template. When I use it, I follow these steps:
1) Duplicate the template clip (command+D).
2) Change the duped clip's name.
3) Drag something to the end of the duped clip.
4) Delete the 1-hour section that contained the template video.
Don't delete the 1-hour section before dragging in your new content, or the clip's dimensions will change.
Then I can create anything up to an hour in length. Creating something shorter is no problem - that works fine. Just nothing longer than the original template clip.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 6:14 AM (in response to Dan Thomas (DAGWare))
Instructions for using QuickTime Pro 7 to create a template video with unusual dimensions.
I suspect that anyone savy enough to be using FCPX has probably already figured out how to do this, either using my technique or another, so there probably isn't a real need for me to post this. For that matter, I may be the only person who cares about this at all. However, while I was trying to learn how to do all of this, I would have really appreciated having all the information in one place, so here goes.
If you want to create a video with unusual dimensions (like 640x1136) using my steps above, you'll need a "template" video first. Here's an easy way to create one, using any image editor, and QuickTime Pro 7.
1) Open QuickTime Pro 7 (QTP for short).
2) From the menu, select File->New Player. You'll get a window with just the bottom portion of the player, i.e. the playback controls.
3) Using an image editor, create a still image in the desired dimensions. You can use any image editor. It doesn't matter what the image contains (although it will end up showing as a thumbnail in FCPX).
4) Copy the image to the clipboard.
5) Switch back to QTP, and paste the image into the new player. Don't worry that there isn't a video window showing - just paste it into the window that has only playback controls. As soon as you do, the video window appears.
6) Advance to the end of the movie (the short, 1-frame movie), then hold down Command+V (paste) and keep holding it down to paste multiple images in. Watch the time advance. You could, if you want, just hold down Command+V until you get the length you want. But if you want a long video, there's an easier way:
7) When you reach a few seconds (or whatever duration your patience allows), select all (Command+A) and copy (Command+C). Then hold down Command+V to keep pasting in the longer clips. Wait until you reach a longer duration, then repeat the process. So, for example, 1 second, then 10 seconds, then 1 minute, then 10 minutes, then 1 hour. Or whatever you want.
8) Save the video however you want. I usually use File->Export with H.264, with Quality set to "Least". Just make sure you don't let it change the dimensions. If you resized the player window, depending on which "save" or "export" method you've chosen, it might default to the resized dimensions, so double check that to make sure.
That's it. You now have a template video you can use with my previous post(s).