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  • Importing old DVC Pro panasonic files

  • Charles Cranney

    July 8, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Someone sent me some old interviews (2010) that have this weird structure. See attached. When I import it into FCP 10.5.3 I get the video but no audio. Thoughts?

  • Jeremy Garchow

    July 8, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    That version of P2 has audio and video MXF files separate (called op-atom). Use the FCPX import window and point it to the “untitled folder” and you will see the clips show up. You can preview and import what you need, or import all of them. FCPX will then rewrap the footage to .mov with video and audio embedded in one file.

  • Charles Cranney

    July 8, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks so much Jeremy. Looks like that works on some of them. On others, I can import the audio and video but FCP doesn’t put them together. Also, it requires that I “copy to library” instead of “leave files in place.” (This is a huge project where I was going to create a proxy workflow.)

  • Jeremy Garchow

    July 8, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Yes, it makes new media, so you can’t leave in place. For the ones that aren’t working, there has to be a specific folder structure, just like your screen grab, but it’s also possible those clips don’t have audio, (or they were shot off speed). The “untitled folder” can have any name.

  • Charles Cranney

    July 8, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    In some ways I’d like to convert the video to a prores 422 version and then import it into FCP. I guess there’s not a utility you’re aware of that can do that? The folders are called “untitled” so I don’t think anybody has messed with it. I can import the audio and video and line it up in a timeline, which matches perfectly. But that is a pain.

  • Jeremy Garchow

    July 9, 2021 at 12:24 am

    EditReady will convert before you import to FCPX. Or you could use the FPCX import tool, and then transcode the imported .mov to ProRes, and then trash the original .mov.

    If the FCPX import window isn’t working, then something is wrong with the folder structure.

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