3 Replies Latest reply: May 17, 2013 12:34 PM by Shane Ross
Matt Endersby Level 1 (95 points)

I imported my iPhone 4S clips into FCP 5 and changed my squence setings to match. The only issue I now have is that when the play head hits a cut the video studders for a second then picks back up. After lots of research I'm thinking that it's b/c FCP can't handle H.264 very well. Therefore, I want to simply change the format of my footage to something that I can work with better. Obviously, I don't want to loose quality. Any advice?



  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    Sorry, you are going to lose quality.  Mainly because FCP 5 is very old, and doesn't have a nice, full raster 10-bit easy to manage codec.  You could use Uncompressed 10-bit...but none of your drives could play that back without serious lag or skipping. 


    FCP 5...your best bet is DVCPRO HD.  That's the codec of choice for that version.  It's lossy, but what you have to work with.

  • Matt Endersby Level 1 (95 points)

    Thanks Shane. What about the pixel shape and resolution. Shoudl I go with DVCPRO standard or change them to match the iphones 1920 x 18080 square? Also I was reading about the apple intermediate codec. Should I choose that after choosing DVCPRO HD in compressor?

  • Shane Ross Level 8 (42,795 points)

    DVCPRO HD is 1280x1080...it isn't full raster. If you try to make it so...it won't be real time in FCP.


    Apple Intermediate might be better in this case. It's lossy too...but at least it's full raster.  Try both.