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Old October 31st, 2011, 03:30 PM   #1
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Will 2 Channel Dolby Digital AC3 files import to FC7?

My non-profit is considering buying the Canon XA10 which records audio to a 2 channel Dolby Digital AC3 format. I need to know if Final Cut 7 will import that format to its timeline, and if so if there are any potential issues I should be aware of.

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Old November 1st, 2011, 04:35 PM   #2
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Re: Will 2 Channel Dolby Digital AC3 files import to FC7?

AC3 needs to be converted to AIFF for editing. Unless Canon makes a plugin for FCP's Log and Transfer, you'll need to do this with MPEG Streamclip.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 05:03 PM   #3
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Re: Will 2 Channel Dolby Digital AC3 files import to FC7?

Cool thanks. I read you can also do this with the Compressor program. Do you have any opinion as to which would be better?

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Old November 2nd, 2011, 01:14 PM   #4
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Re: Will 2 Channel Dolby Digital AC3 files import to FC7?

I didn't know you could do it in Compressor. I just tested it, and it works pretty well. I'd recommend you do your own tests to see if you can tell the difference. If you can't tell the difference, then just use whichever you prefer.
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