Re: [Frameworks] HD editing on a non-Intel Mac under Tiger?

From: malgosia askanas (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Oct 17 2010 - 20:11:53 PDT

Many thanks to Bernd, Yoel and David; this was very helpful. To
answer David's question, mine is a newish G4, with a 1.67 GHz CPU.
Sounds like I should try to locate a copy of FCP 5. Are there any
good sources for obsoleted video software? EBay doesn't seem like
what it used to seem.


At 12:25 PM +0000 10/17/10, David Tetzlaff wrote:
>> I have been having trouble accessing some footage that a friend shot 
>> for me recently on a new HD camera. I have not been able to open it 
>> in either QuickTime or FCP. I am working on a new Intel-Mac running 
>> OS10.6.4 and FCP7.
>There are many different kinds of HD: HDV, HDCAM, DVCPRO-HD, XDCAM.... 
>and then within these larger formats there are variations: different 
>resolutions, GOP structures etc.
>> Being primarily a 16mm person, all of this digital knowledge is new 
>> to me, so bear with me if this is an ignorant question, but how do I 
>> access ProRes 422?
>Download MPEG Streamclip (it's free). Open your source file. Chose 
>'Export to Quicktime'. Select "ProRes422" (regular, not the HQ 
>version) from the drop-down menu of all the codecs. Leave the frame-
>rate and resolution as they are in the source file.
>Or, if you have Final Cut Studio, you can do it in Compressor, though 
>you'll have to read the manual to figure out the settings.
>> Another question I have is about exporting the files once I 
>> successfully manage to edit this footage alongside regular SD 
>> footage. What is the best setting to use when exporting the files 
>> so they retain their HD quality, but can also be viewed on any 
>> standard monitor and/or project correctly in non-HD projectors as 
>> well as HD?
>Either your output is HD, or it's not. You'll want to make two output 
>masters of your finished project: one in ProRes HD (same settings as 
>in the timeline), and one in SD. Then, for any particular form of 
>exhibition, you make copies in the required playback format from one 
>of those masters.
>Bernd is right. You won't be able to work with MPEG4 files directly. 
>You'll have to convert them. Such is the case for editing even with 
>much newer and more powerful computers. MPEG4 is a delivery only 
>format, not a working format.
>> And is there any version of Final Cut that would run on a G4 under
>> Tiger, and work with HD 1080 video in the form of Mpeg-4 files?
>No. Compressing and decompressing the MPEG-4 at playback speed is more 
>than a G4 cpu can handle. How old is the G4, and what's the CPU speed? 
>If it's one of the later models, you should be OK converting to 
>ProRes422 and working with that. I think you'd need/want FCP v. 5, but 
>4.5 might work as well.
>There are several iMovie alternatives: MediaEdit, Norkross Movie, 
>FastCut... I can't speak to the specific capabilities of any of them.
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