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  • Bill Stephan

    July 2, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    We had an on-line conforming job come in with the workflow as follows:

    Shoot on Panasonic Varicam to DVCProHD tape (720/59.94P flagged for 24P in metadata). Project was off-line edited in DV NTSC at another edit house. We got Final Cut Pro sequence to be on-line edited in HD at 720/23.98P with final output to be uncompressed Quicktime movie. Here’s the problem — in FCP media manager, I tried to “create offline”, making a new sequence using Aja DVCProHD 23.98 Varicam easy setup, which would drop unneeded frames upon capture. FCP said “unable to change frame rate”. How to get to a 24-frame sequence for output?

    I thought of trying to conform it as a 720/59.94 sequence, running the Panasonic frame rate converter on all the footage. But wouldn’t that put 3:2 pulldown on everything. The customer wouldn’t allow use of a 59.94P sequence — final product is for film out.

    How would all of you FCP gurus handle a project such as this? Am I missing something stupid, or is there a real hole in this workflow?

    Thanks in advance for your comments. We have FCP 5.1 + Aja Kona 2.

    Bill Stephan
    Senior Editor/DVD Author
    USA Studios
    New York City

  • Shane Ross

    July 2, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Export an EDL from the DV timeline. Use Cinema Tools to convert it from 30 to 24 (EXPORT is the menu option I believe). Import that EDL into FCP…it should be a 23.98 timeline then.


    Other options? For the NEXT time you do this:

    1) Don’t downconvert to DV. Drives are cheap and DVCPRO HD 720p23.98 really isn’t that demanding. A little over 2 times the space needed for that…which is nothing.

    2) After capturing the DV footage, remove the pulldown so that you are editing at 23.98 and your timeline remains at 23.98.


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  • Bill Stephan

    July 3, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks for the info, Shane. As all of us here are still new to FCP, I haven’t yet explored Cinema Tools. But now is the time to learn especially since I still have the project on my machine.

    I agree with you about not off-line editing on DV, but that’s the hand that was dealt to us. That’s why I am concentrating much of my current FCP research on how to solve the problems that arise.

    Thanks again for the great information.

    Bill Stephan
    Senior Editor/DVD Author
    USA Studios
    New York City

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