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From FCP 5.1 to FCE 4->blank video & audio 9 years, 10 months ago #18461

Hello there.  Thanks for any help to be offered, (especially the kind that doesn't ask me to buy Final Cut $tudio).

My Hardware:
Rented Sony HDR-FX1 mini-hdv cam
new Panasonic AY-DVM63PQ tapes
Mac Pro 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon; 2 GB 800 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM
Mac Os X 10.5.2
300 GB LaCie External Hard Drive

My Software:
Final Cut Express 4.0
Quicktime Pro 7.4.1

My Problem:
I shot 4 mini-dv tapes worth on the Sony HDV cam listed above @ 1080i60, returned the camera...without importing my HD footage yet!  So I give the tapes to my 'editor' friend to capture and provide him with my external drive for saving the clips to.  He uses a Sony HVRM15U HD deck and Final Cut Pro 5...which he tells me after the fact.  I make it clear to him that I use FCE 4, already paranoid about incompatibility.  He reassures me it'll be fine.

My fears prove true.  I double click one of my 200 HD clips (file kind: Quicktime Movie).  Quicktime opens, but the player is blank.  The clip duration plays through, a white screen with no sound.  I open another clip.  Same thing.  I drag the clip onto my Internal Hard Drive.  Same.  I import the clip into my editing program FCE 4 and drag it into a blank timeline and get the error: Codec could not be opened.  The editor doesn't know anything about codecs.

Searching a forum, I got the impression I was missing a component in my Quicktime Library, but I don't know what it is or how to get it.


Re: From FCP 5.1 to FCE 4->blank video & audio 9 years, 10 months ago #18462

  • TrevAnder
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fce 4 doesn't support native hdv editing like fcp 5 can. So if you don't capture to apple intermediate codec (aic) then it won't import into fce4 (likewise pro res is also unsupported).

The first thing I would do is figure out what codec the video files are in. In quicktime hit apple-j on the keyboard to pop open the properties window. At the top will be a table that will include Video with a checkbox to its left. On the far right will be the format that the track is in.

After that you'll need to figure out if you can get this codec installed in some way on your machine, or have your friend transcode these into something that your machine will open.

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