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  • FCP, AVI, Mac, PC. One heck of a workflow!

  • Francis Hughes

    January 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    First of all any one that attempts an answer for this is officially my hero.

    I have a client that wants to provide me with DV AVI footage captured via Premiere Pro (resulting in AVIs). After much searching for the last 3 hours on COW I understand that AVI leads to stress and tears. I have decided the best way is to capture the footage from tape rather than take his AVI files even though I have to log tapes. Mainly as I can’t find a solution for converting DV AVI to and editable DV QT for FCP without loosing quality. If any has work flow for that I would love to read it.

    My client wants the finished edit as DV AVI as he uses Roxio DVD Pro on his PC to author his DVD’s. After a little chat we agreed that as its DV and rather than buying software to read FAT32 drives on PC and NTFS drives on Mac, we would just print to tape via final cut. He prefers this as he will have master of my edit on tape. Again if anyone has a workflow for Mac to PC and vice versa I would love to read it.

    My question is:

    If I print to DV tape via final cut will I loose any quality? Then once my client captures from the DV tape to Premiere Pro will he loose any quality? I will be using a Cannon XM2 to print to tape with.

    If anyone has any do’s and do not’s or general pointers for printing to tape in FCP that would very helpful also or even a better work flow for what I am trying to achieve.

    Footage: DV PAL 720*576
    FCP: 6.0.5

    Many Thanks to all whom reply.

  • david bogie

    January 13, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    You’ve been reading too much into the problems between PC and Macintosh, AVI and DV.
    It’s really not complicated if your entire production is DV.
    All you need to do is agree on a format. DV is DV, pretty much regardless of the wrapper it’s in. your Macintosh will handle DV in an AVI wrapper and you can export to DV as AVI.
    Instead of trying to make sense of the psots here, just open the manuals.

    You can import any files that are recognized by QuickTime, including:
    Video files: QuickTime Movie, AVI, and Macromedia Flash (video only—you won’t be able to play any audio portions).
    For details about these formats, see Learning About QuickTime.

    Types of File Formats You Can Export with QuickTime
    With the Export Using QuickTime Conversion command, you can choose to export almost any file format that QuickTime supports, along with a wide variety of codecs and custom parameters that each format supports. Because there are so many file formats and specific settings, this chapter does not provide an exhaustive description of every file format and its associated settings.

    Video and Movie File Formats
    QuickTime movie file: See Exporting a QuickTime Movie File for Web Distribution. If you want to export a movie that has the same settings as your sequence or clip, see Exporting QuickTime Movies.
    DV Stream file: DV Stream files encode synchronized audio and video together digitally as on a DV videotape. These files are primarily for use with iMovie. See Exporting a DV Stream.
    AVI file: AVI movies are a Windows-compatible standard for digital video. See Exporting an AVI File. AVI stands for Audio Video Interleave.


  • Rafael Amador

    January 13, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    [Francis Hughes] “If I print to DV tape via final cut will I loose any quality? Then once my client captures from the DV tape to Premiere Pro will he loose any quality?”
    No lose of quality. You keep he full original signal.
    But somebody thought me a better solution: Re-wrap the DV QT as DV AVI. No rendering required. Open the clips with MPGStreamclip and “SAVE AS”. In the small windod set AVI instead of MOV.

  • Francis Hughes

    January 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Thank you very much David and Rafael, heros both of you!

    @ Rafael, Could you please tell me how to re-wrap the file as DV AVI, I assume I can do this in final cut?

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