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HELP! Codec not found, no corresponding hardware! 11 years, 12 months ago #7560

  • dmb4sa1
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I was recently working on the tail end of a huge project that has taken me weeks to do.  I need to fix this problem before Sunday or I'm screwed.

1.  I placed a jpeg photo into the timeline near the end of the video, I was almost finished with the video.

2.  The picture made it to the timeline but I got a message saying, "Codec not found.  You may be using a compression type without the corresponding hardware card."

3.  I pressed okay and continued on.  From that point on whenever I would put something into the timeline (video or jpeg) that message would come up and I would continue just clicking okay and going on with my project (it was very annoying but I panicked because the client was right there).  The other problem was that once I began getting that error message FCP wouldn't allow me to preview my edit at all!  The clips and pictures I placed in the timeline would succssesfully make it there (after okaying through the error message) but every time I pressed play in the canvas window I'd get the same error message.

4.  I saved everything after finishing the project (which was tough because I couldn't even view what I had done but it was really late and I figured I'd take care of it the next day) and quit FCP.

5.  The following morning (today) I opened the project and I immediatly get the same error message again and this time there is no canvas, toolbench, or timeline!  And when I go to "window" at the top the three are grayed out.  Also under "File" the "Restore project" and "revert" are both grayed out too!  I have no access to my project whatsoever.  How do I access my project again and once I do, how do I get rid of that error message?  I need this by Sunday is there anyone out there that could PLEASE PLEASE help me!

Thank you in advance to anyone who will try, I'm desperate right now!

Re: HELP! Codec not found, no corresponding hardwa 11 years, 11 months ago #7597

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Well, shoot, I think I have missed your deadline. Last week was kind of crazy for me. But I will address this question, despite the fact I am too late, because I am sure others have, and will, encounter the multiple issues addressed here.

If you get the message that the "Codec is not found" there is something wrong with the graphic you are trying to place. I have never seen the message with a JPeg, but I don't normally work with the JPeg format (it is a lossy format). I would suggest to anyone encountering this problem in the future that they remove the offending graphic from their sequence until they resolve the conflict. Try simply exporting a still image from the Browser of the offending graphic and working with that until you figure out what is wrong with the original.

Folks, if you get an error message saying you do not have the corresponding codec or hardware, please remember to post what codec and hardware you are working with. It might be important, and could, in some circumstances, get you a precise answer a lot faster.

If you are constantly getting error messages that do not make any sense to you, save and restart FCP. This will clear up all kinds of ills. Also, when you get an error like this, undo immediately and save.

If you are looking at your project and do not see a Timeline and Canvas, it is most likely because you do not have an active Sequence. Look in your Browser and double click on your current Sequence. The Tool Bench is not related and should have appeared upon selection of one of the Tool Bench tools.

As to Restore and Revert not being active, did you have an active project open? Those functions are project dependent. How did you start up FCP? By clicking on the Application icon or double clicking on the Project icon? Did you have Autosave turned on? Did you look in the Finder on your harddrive to see what was in your Autosave folder?

Well, obviously I am too late to help this person, but hopefully my suggestions will help others in the future.
Duane E. Martin
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Re: HELP! Codec not found, no corresponding hardwa 5 years, 8 months ago #22902

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I am having the same problem, but could you please, give me the solution?
My FCP version is 6.0.5...I received this message since I downloaded DiVX for Mac, I guess...I am not able to create a new project nor a new sequence...the MSG appears when I launch fcp after double clicking in the application, it opens, but appears the MSG "codec not found. You may be using a compression type without the corresponding hardware card."
the second MSG appears when I try to open a new sequence, double clicking in the sequence"
"out of memory"
cannot see the timeline, nor the video editing window...I am desperate

I am not able to use my fcp...please help me!
Last Edit: 5 years, 8 months ago by el.

Re: HELP! Codec not found, no corresponding hardwa 5 years, 6 months ago #22957

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This relates to the same error message above on FCP7.03 and working in ProRes 422. I got the red render line when I put the clip in the Pro Res timeline. I tried to render what was thought to be a normal ProRes 422 Quicktime clip created in SnapProX - it imported normally and even played in the browser but didn't render. On inspection in the browser it was found to have a non standard size for Pro Res 422. I have a 2008 Quad Core Mac Pro tower with 13GB Ram and 4 x 2TB drives.

OK after about six years (from the first post here!) I think I have the solution to this - and I am talking about movie footage here not stills although I dare say same applies. If you have this error chances are you've cooked up some weird sized image from somewhere e.g. used SnapPro X to gently rip out something you shouldn't ortta. FCP only recognises certain fixed sizes for Pro Res - if your frame size is anything other than 1920 by 1080 it no like.

So go to good old Compressor and convert or reconvert whatever exotic clip format and dimensions you are using into ProRes (yes even if you had what you thought was already ProRes 422).

Compressor is lazy and just follows the original dimensions but you don't want this - tell it to behave by using the geometry tab on the Inspector (the one with triangles, squares and other geometry symbols - almost too small now for my old long vision eyes) - set the frame size to 1920 by 1080 and when it spits it out you now have a ProRes format that FCP can actually eat

Worked for me but there are a hundred variations of this error on the web so may not be a catch all - frustrating ain't it!
Last Edit: 5 years, 6 months ago by Kittihawk.

Re: HELP! Codec not found, no corresponding hardwa 5 years, 6 months ago #22960

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Kittihawk wrote:
FCP only recognises certain fixed sizes for Pro Res - if your frame size is anything other than 1920 by 1080 it no like.

Absolutely great advice but I just want to clarify that ProRes supports the following standard frame sizes in FCP 7 in Real Time:

720 x 480; 720 x 486; 720 x 576; 960 x 720; 1280 x 720; 1280 x 1080; 1440 x 1080; 1920 x 1080; 1024 x 512; 1024 x 576; 2048 x 1024; 2048 x 1080 (Apple ProRes 4444 only); 2048 x 1152; 2048 x 1556 (Apple ProRes 4444 only).

Drop your ProRes file in a new FCP Sequence, change the sequence to match the clip (i.e. click Yes) and if it doesn't show up Red in the render bar then you are good to go.
Duane E. Martin
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Last Edit: 5 years, 6 months ago by Duane.

Re: HELP! Codec not found, no corresponding hardwa 5 years, 6 months ago #22962

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Duane thanks - that's great detail. Yes I should have said 'anything other...than the fixed values FCP is happy with in Pro Res' - I think I am right in saying if you have odd sizes in-between the fixed values you mention then you will get this error message?
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