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Old October 21st, 2011, 05:33 AM   #1
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Best render conversion for MOV files?

I used to have this issue with footage from my GoPro camera in FCP, but I found that converting the MP4 files in MPEG Streamclip to Apple Prores 422 solved the issue and I'd have a green render line instead of red thus making editing much easier.

For mov. files I have tried the same thing but it makes no difference. Can anyone suggest how best to convert mov files?

Many thanks.
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Old October 21st, 2011, 06:58 AM   #2
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Re: Best render conversion for MOV files?

The render lines indicate the format of the clip differs from the timeline. In essence the line color says whether it's audio or video (there are different levels of video as you discovered).

.mov is is imprecise. It can contain media of various types. Whether you get a green or red or whatever color render line depends on the format of the timeline. When you create a timeline and drag a video clip onto it, fcp will either put it on or ask you if you want to change the properties of the timeline to match the clip. Sounds like you have a timeline different from the video in your .mov. Either change the timeline properties ( command-0) or if you are mixing formats, convert everything to prores
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Old October 21st, 2011, 08:07 PM   #3
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Re: Best render conversion for MOV files?

I'd tried converting to prores, though perhaps it needs to be a specific one, i.e. 422 proxy or 422 HQ or do you mean simply convert everything to standard Apple ProRes?
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Old October 22nd, 2011, 06:02 AM   #4
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Re: Best render conversion for MOV files?

As per my post: "convert everything to prores"

Think about it a minute. The timeline has a format and you apparently have two clip formats. From what I can gather, one of the clip formats is sufficiently different from the timeline that it requires a render to playback. If converting the .mov to Prores doesn't give you what you want, then you need to change the format of the other stuff. If converting the .mov to prores doesn't give you what you want, converting all the clips to prores and putting them on a timeline in the original format isn't going to solve the problem either: all your clips will be equally undesirable. You have to change the timeline format.
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