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Old May 13th, 2009, 12:46 AM   #1
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Stuttering imports from AE on a HDV 1080 24p FCP timeline

Hi. I am importing titles made in After Effects with an HDV 1080 24p sequence into an FCP HDV 1080 24p timeline and when played back and rendered out the titles stutter or drop frames (without the dropped frame warning coming up). I've tried all different kinds of codecs, animation, AIC, uncompressed, HDV, none of them seem to work right. Has anyone had this problem as well?
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Old May 13th, 2009, 08:25 AM   #2
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Are the titles moving? Is that what's causing the stutter?
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Old May 13th, 2009, 08:39 AM   #3
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How are you exporting the files from AE? Do the files play in QuickTime without the stutter? Try the standard Animation codec presets in AE. It makes a huge file but it will render fine.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 04:48 PM   #4
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Mitchell--yes, they are moving titles.

William--I've tried exporting within AE through animation codec, HDV, uncompressed, AIC. Nothing seems to work. They play fine in Quicktime, which makes me think it's an FCP thing. Any ideas?

Thanks for the response, guys!
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Old May 13th, 2009, 04:51 PM   #5
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I'm trying it through "export" in AE, instead of "make movie". We'll see if that makes a difference.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 05:10 PM   #6
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So that pretty much fixed it. For those out there with the problem of dropped frames or stuttering issues in an HDV Final Cut timeline when bring footage from After Effects in, use the "export" function in AE instead of the "make movie" function.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 07:44 PM   #7
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It's odd since I never have these problems with the "Make Movie" function in AE.
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Old May 13th, 2009, 08:02 PM   #8
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It's odd since I never have these problems with the "Make Movie" function in AE.
I haven't either until I started working in an HDV timeline. Are you working in HDV too? It's quite possible that it's my 5 year-old Mac starting to die.
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I work in HDV and ProRes. My Mac is 5 years old as well. It might be a field order problem in the Make Movie presets.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 02:45 PM   #10
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I work in HDV and ProRes. My Mac is 5 years old as well. It might be a field order problem in the Make Movie presets.
Hmmm... shouldn't be a field order problem since I'm creating progressive and importing into a progressive timeline. I don't think field order is even an option when exporting.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 04:56 AM   #11
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Sometimes the problem is with the FCP canvas not rendering the clip properly rather than an inherent issue with the export - try exporting the clip in the timeline from FCP and see if you still get the same issues when viewing as a movie outside FCP

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Sometimes the problem is with the FCP canvas not rendering the clip properly rather than an inherent issue with the export - try exporting the clip in the timeline from FCP and see if you still get the same issues when viewing as a movie outside FCP

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Hi, Em. Thanks for jumping in. I thought that too, but every time I render out it is still jumpy/stuttery. And If I render out of AE with the AIC it plays fine in the timeline but then when I render it gets stuttery again. And if it's in a timeline with other video in it, it's the only thing that stutters. It's almost like adding a strobe effect.

Now, the "export" function has been working, but there's a new problem. Sometimes when I use "export" instead of "make movie" and try to import it into FCP I get an "unrecognized file error". Man!
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Might be time for a FCP preferences trash. Or a complete reinstallation of FCP.

Have you brought the files into Compressor and converted them to your sequence codec?
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