Before I buy FCP X and Compressor, I'm hoping I can get some simple advice on whether this software can do what I have been doing with other software that no longer works.I am not a sophisticated movie maker but just do enough to get the job done. I am recording video using eyeTV ( internal mpg2 file ) up to 4 hours long and then exprting to DV. I have been adding a title & time code hr:min:sec to each frame using QTsync. Then I create a DVD image using Visual Hub which I use to burn the entire video to a single layer standard DVD-R for playing in most DVD players or computers. I have had acceptable results although Visual Hub sometimes blows up at about 3.5 + hours. My videos average 2.5 hours so very few fail on Visual Hub. These videos are being used for archival purposes and are not going to be projected onto the local Cineplex screen.
Since both QTsynch and Visual Hub are dead products I am forced to move on. Mac OS has been a great platform for these old programs and I'm hoping to stay there. I have a late 2011 Mac Mini with a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM,and the AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics processor. I'm runing the latest 10.7.5 Lion. I have TB's of external storage.
My requirements are very specific with the entire video being on one disc being first, understandable audio being second, and video image quality not being a requirement at all. The video image is just coming along for the ride. When the video does not fit I change to a single audio only disc and drop the video. I'm willing to sacrifice the frame size, bit rate, or anything else to get it all onto one disc.
So my query is whether I can duplicate these 3 to 4 hour videos with titles and time codes burned into each frame using FCP X and Compressor? Regardless of the video quality. I'm already pretty sure that iMove and iDVD fail with the menu, time code, and length but I'll listen to any suggestions. If FCP X and Compressor will not do the job are there any other options?
Before I hit the send key, thanks in advance to all those who are going to answer the question I did not ask - which is how bad the video image quality will be. I do not care how bad that quality gets. I understand that. If I can carry some video along that a good thing, but if it takes 2 DVD's to get higher quality video images then I've failed. One disc is the first requirment. Understandable audio is the second requirement. There is no third requirement. In this specific case, better is the enemy of good enough. After I finish a 4 hour DVD let me be the judge whether enough video information still exists and whether to save some effort and do the audio only disc. Thanks.