I’m new to all things Mac having decided to give FCP a go recently.
I’ve just been playing with imovie and note it says that it cannot inport QT files greater than 2GB. As all my FCP captures to now have been DV (pal) I tried to divide one of these big files (9GB) as suggested in imovie by using QTPro. When I came to export the selected clip I had to decide on coder parameters. There doesn’t seem to be a QT DV setting. What setting should I use to duplicate the capture settings for the original clip?
There was a DV stream option, is that the one I should be using? It seemed to take an extraordinary long time to output a 2 minute clip on a brand new dual 2.5G G5. The file had the file extension .dv I’d be very grateful if someone could tell me what is the difference between this and the original .mov file?
.dv is a format that iMovie uses that mixes the audio and video into one stream. The way FCP works is it seperates the video and audio tracks so that the editor has more control over them. Also, the .dv files contain no timecode information. Something very useful.
.dv files don’t work well in FCP…and may require constant rendering. The most basic setup for FCP is the DV/PAL Easy Setup. But, if you are going to be moving up to FCP, I’d suggest re-capturing the material.