I’m new to FCPX. I quit when 7 was abandoned. Now I’m onboard, but I’m really ignorant about compression. I understand there are apps which will upres 29.97 to 60, and I want to try to do that, but the app I’ve found only lets me do it to mp4 format. Is there an app that will do it to an uncompressed format? I used to use After Effects which gave me a less lossy format, but that’s not the same, is it? When I access compressor thru Final Cut I just get a bunch of red exclamation marks which I assume are reminding me that I don’t know what I’m doing.
FCPX or Compressor (Compressor will do a slightly bit better job) both do great jobs with this. AE doesn’t do any better. When I was production manager for broadcast TV, we tried lots of options, FCPX and Compressor were both the cheapest, fastest, and nothing (aside from Topaz) did any better.
Red exclamation marks? Where exactly are you seeing that? What exactly are you doing to try to do this in FCP?
I’ve got original video of execrable quality. Just awful. Lowest possible lighting, visual noise like crazy. I’m trying to make it viewable as part of an actual movie, much of which is film. If I use/overdo the noise reduction effect, the visual noise is lessened by a lot but the effect is tooooo blurry. If I put sharpening at anything over “none” here’s the noise again. I’ve heard that upres-ing the video to 60fps will help sustain any sharpness I do have. I downloaded an app that would do that. It will only render the footage out in mp4. That’s why I thought of compressor. It didn’t occur to me to change the project settings!!!!!! That’s how dumb I’ve become. No I make it bigger and then smaller, which helps. Truth is I don’t know how to use compressor. That’s another learning curve, but I have some time if that’s what I need. I also have all the Adobe stuff. I’m a big fan of AfterEffects.
AE costs more than it’s worth in the long run. You’d be better off investing in Topaz for this sort of work if FCPX and Compressor can’t do it. Compressor is super easy to learn and use, next to zero learning curve. I used to teach it in my college and corporate/broadcast classes.
But I see you’re starting off with SD video, which is the huge challenge, in which case I’d highly recommend investing in Topaz, or a pro who is very fluent in Topaz to contract the work for you.
Noise filters mostly suck in any app, in my experience, which is why I moved to Topaz.