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Old August 12th, 2010, 08:44 AM   #1
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Nanoflash Final Cut workflow


What is the recommended workflow for ingesting clips from nanoflash to FCP?

I did a three camera shoot recently using a PDW700 XDCAM, a Z5 recording on the Sony HVR-MRC1K CF card recorder, and an HDX900 recording to nanoflash. On ingest,the XDCAM data and the Z5 data came in in full length clips and the nanoflash data came in as smaller clips (I'm aware of the 4GB file limit). I ingested the XDCAM with Sony's XDCAM Transfer software; when ingesting the CF card data from the Z5 I used the Sony plugin written for this purpose; and with the nanoflash data I just imported it directly from the CF cards.

The data from the XDCAM and the CF cards used with the Z5 show up as full length clips, and the nanoflash data as 4GB clips. When I put these into a multiclip in FCP, it was time consuming to have to resync everytime the nanoflash clip ran out. Perhaps there's something simply I'm not doing that would eliminate this need to resync so much?

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Old August 12th, 2010, 01:16 PM   #2
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If those NF clips are sequential, then just drop them into the timeline in order and they should play seamlessly. There is no need to physically join them, the timecode is continous across clips.

Did you set all the cameras to TOD timecode and free run, and them manually jam them. I do this often and this makes it very easy to sync all the cameras, they will be within a few frames all the time.

It also makes it really easy to organize your project by camera folders and then display in timecode for each clip, so you can tell exactly where each clips starts at a glance.

I often use timecode reader as a super on my clips to easily keep track of TC while editing. If I need to edit a multi cam shoot (not a live event where all you do is switch cameras over time) I just edit the A cam and then find where I need to drop in B or C cam footage by time code. This is very fast and easy if you jammed the time code. The B and C cam clips are sorted by TC in their bins.
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