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  • Need assistance optimizing editing flow on an existing project!!

  • Matt Hixon

    January 9, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Okay, here is my problem (no one has been able to come up with an answer yet): an editor I am working for has transferred a full length feature (almost completely edited) from premiere CC to fcp7. The footage is showing up in FCP7, but the playback is extremely laggy given the high res files that Fcp7 has to play back. Is there a way to make an entire project offline? Or a way to optimize the speed of editing so there is no lag. I know I could import footage and make it offline, but the project is already heavily edited so I would want to retain the edits that already exist. Is there an answer??

  • Nick Meyers

    January 9, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    what do you mean “Is there a way to make an entire project offline?”
    there’s 2 meaning

    you want to take all the media offline, as in it’s not connected?
    select all, then Shift D, or Modify Menu > Make Offline

    or you want to create low-res versions of the media?
    you can use the media manager,
    but it’ll be hard going doing a whole project.

    “the playback is extremely laggy given the high res files ”
    could you give more details please
    codec, frame size


  • Matt Hixon

    January 9, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    I want to create low res versions. Right now most of the footage is either in proves 422 or 4444 so I’ll need a way to edit it in a low res version that can be transferred back to the original format when the edit is complete. Right now I am trying to use MPEG stream clip to create smaller prores files – then relinking the media in the project to those new files… then hopefully being able to relink back once the edit is complete. Does that seem like a good idea?

  • Nick Meyers

    January 9, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    that might work, although im not sure it will retain timecode and reel# metadata,
    in which case it WONT work.

    Compressor, or FCP, will retain TC and reel#

    you don’t mention frame size.
    if that is HD or 2k, then you only really have to worry about converting the 4444 to 422 or LT.
    if you are reducing the frame size, then you also would be better off using the FCP Media Manger to create new projects with the appropriate frame size.

    can i ask why you are doing this rather than working in Premiere?

  • Matt Hixon

    January 9, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    frame size is 2048×1152

    I do not want to reduce the frame size, but will start to try compressor to try and retain the tc and reel metadata .

    I am not working in premiere because the editor of this project has changed (I am the AE) and the new editor doesn’t use Premiere but instead uses FCP7. So I am setting up the feature for him to be able to edit easily.

  • Nick Meyers

    January 9, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    ok, cool,
    FCP should handle the 2k and you only have to worry bout the 4444 media.

    FCP itself will do that nicely, with no changing of the file names.
    you can batch export, or use the media manager.

    compressor will add the setting to the new file name unless you tell it not to,
    and you’ll have to strip it (easy to do with a batch re-naming app)


  • Matt Hixon

    January 9, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks. Any chance I could get a step-by-step on proper batch exporting from FCP?

  • Matt Hixon

    January 9, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Or better yet… what should I be exporting the files to? I don’t see an option for prores 422 2048×1152 at 23.98 fps

  • Shane Ross

    January 9, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    You can use the Media Manager in FCP to RECOMPRESS the footage to ProRes Proxy. NO need to use Compressor and relink or anything.

    Also…FCP 7 plays back ProRes 422 and 444 Quicktime files JUST FINE…I just did it for client playback. BUT, you do need a drive fast enough to handle it.

    Also…the editor needs to move on from FCP 7 and learn current software. Premiere Pro is SO DAMN SIMILIAR to FCP, you can even map the keyboard to be the same. It’s SO CLOSE that it’s basically FCP 8. So, instead of just progressing with Premiere…that’s EASY to pick up…this editor is wasting time and money having you convert everything? Sorry…as a fellow editor who also uses FCP…and Premiere…and Avid…I have no patience for people who go “sorry, I only edit with FCP 7, so you need to make it work.” Especially since FCP 7 was discontinued FIVE YEARS AGO!

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  • Nick Meyers

    January 9, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Batch Export works from the Browser,
    you select a group of items, or bins, and chose FIle > Batch Export,
    or you can right click on the items.

    from memory now, in batch export click the settings button at the bottom,
    the dialog window is fairly self explaining.

    – set a destination
    – you want to make a quicktime movie
    – the setting you want may not be available form the choices in the pulldown,
    so first make a custom setting for this project in FCP’;s A/V settings (under the application menu).
    remember what FCP calls 24fps is NOT 24fps, but 23.976
    if you add an asterisk or similar to the new setting name, it’ll sort at the top which is a good thing

    – DONT use in to out points
    – your reconnecting will be simpler of you add the standard extension. (.mov)

    when you click OK on the window you then have to click on the export button lower left.

    if you stop the batch, and need to re-start it,
    right click on the red “cancelled”, and change it back to “queued”

    to do new items, chose to batch them in the browser,
    then in the batch export window, you can drag the new items into the original bin, if you want,
    saving you having to re-enter the settings.


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