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  • Posted by Pepijn Klijs on September 23, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I have the following weird thing happening on my FCP system:

    As I finish my edit and export to quicktime, the quicktime movie exported scales down a few percent just before almost every cut.

    When I select the “recompress frames” option, it solves the problem, but takes a long time export.

    My footage was shot on a canon 550d and transcoded to prores 422. I also used Apple Color to grade the sequence.

    My sequence setting are:

    Has anyone ever had the same problem? I wonder what causes this.

    Avid/FCP Editor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Jeremy Garchow replied 13 years, 6 months ago 6 Members · 12 Replies
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  • Jerry Hofmann

    September 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    What settings are you using when you select the QT movie export exactly?


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  • Pepijn Klijs

    September 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I’m using the “current settings”, in other words my timeline settings, of which I post a picture in my previous thread.

    Also I select the ‘make movie self contained’.

    UPDATE: When I play the same file in an older version of quicktime, so not quicktime X, the problem disappears as well!

    You think it’s the Quicktime X app messing it up?

    Avid/FCP Editor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Shane Ross

    September 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Quicktime X is not ready for primetime. It is the last thing to be relied upon. STill a beta app, if not ALPHA.


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  • Pepijn Klijs

    September 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Yeah I guess you’re right! Will not use it again anymore. Thanks.

    Avid/FCP Editor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • John Pale

    September 23, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I’ve seen that intermittently in Quicktime X. You aren’t doing anything wrong.

    You might try messing with the aperture settings in Quicktime Player 7.x. I haven’t had the time or patience, but it might solve it.

  • Jeremy Garchow

    September 23, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    is your timeline fully rendered before exporting? that includes checking the ‘full’ options under the sequence > render all menu and sequence > render selection menus.


  • John Pale

    September 23, 2010 at 9:47 pm


    I don’t mean to speak for Pepijn, but I’ve seen it on fully rendered ProRes timelines exported as self contained Quicktimes (same as source). Only occurs in the Quicktime X player, not the Quicktime 7.x player. Its intermittent and difficult to diagnose.


  • Pepijn Klijs

    September 23, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Yep, John is right. I did fully render the timeline. It plays very well in quicktime 7. Quicktime X is the issue here. Bad product!

    Avid/FCP Editor, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Jeremy Garchow

    September 23, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Well that sucks. I guess that’s why I subconsciously don’t use QTX. 😉

  • Rafael Amador

    September 24, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Have a look again to the sequence setting.
    You sequence has Upper First field order.
    I guess that, being your stuff Progressive. its should be NONE.

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