Final Cut Express Notes

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New Project

The first thing to do in a new project is to set the size, other things can become strange.

 Final Cut Express → Easy Setup

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Importing Media

Audio and video files are imported using "Import files" and "Import Folders".

Video from AVCHD camera is imported using "Log and Transfer"

Best formats for Import

Best in this respect means format and codec that requires minimal rendering for RT extreme.

  • H.264 in an MP4 container is probably the worst and takes a very long time to render. This file was generated by ffmpeg using the command ffmpeg -i video.mkv -vcodec libx264 -vpre hq -crf 22 -threads 0 video.mp4 as described in High quality screen capture with Ffmpeg.
  • Converting the above to "HD 720p" (3Mbps H.264 in MOV HD 1-1-1 color profile) using Quicktime Player reduces rendering time from 1+ hour to 10 minutes for a 5 minute video clip!

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Why do I only have 720p and 1080i profiles in my FCE?