2 Replies Latest reply: Apr 17, 2013 12:39 PM by Shane Ross
jmf3001 Level 1 (25 points)

If I can't find my original FCP files and I need to re-edit a small part of a project, can I imporrt the Quicktime movie version of it into FCP and work the new parts into that?

I don't understand comrssion enough to know what happens when I take a QT movie that was already compressed, into FCP and then compress it again for export.

Will that work?


THanks, J

Mac OS X (10.7.5), All video on separate HD
  • Russ H Level 7 (20,240 points)

    Yes, you can import your QT movie as clip and edit it. How much of a quality hit could range from negligible to noticeable – depending on the amount of compression that was done to the original sequence.


    Good luck.



  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    If you only have the final...you will have to convert that to an editing codec, like ProRes.  But if it's 8 years old...it might have been SD...DV at that.  So converting to DV/NTSC might work.  Or as ProRes NTSC.  But know that compressing it twice means it won't look as good as the original at all.  And yes, depending on HOW compressed the final is...it could be bad, or decent.  If really compressed, like a one min spot that is 56MB H.264...yeah, that's pretty darn compressed.