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Old November 10th, 2005, 01:30 AM   #1
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M2T files and Final Cut Pro

How can I use these files (from a firestore fs-4 pro HD recorder) in FCP? Sorry if this has come up before, but for some reason I'm unable to search in these forums.
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Old November 14th, 2005, 05:00 PM   #2
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Software solution to M2T file question??

Is there a software solution that will convert the Firestore's M2t files into the same quicktime format created when transfering from the Sony Z1U to final cut via firewire?
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Old November 15th, 2005, 12:38 PM   #3
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Yes, use MPEGstreamclip to batch convert m2t to any other quicktime format.
http://www.alfanet.it/squared5/mpegstreamclip.html

However, you should be able to just set the Firestore to write Quicktime files, and then you won't have this issue.
I haven't received a FS-4 with the HDV upgrade yet, so I'm not sure if this is still possible with HDV.
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Old November 16th, 2005, 02:23 AM   #4
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Yes, use MPEGstreamclip to batch convert m2t to any other quicktime format.
http://www.alfanet.it/squared5/mpegstreamclip.html

However, you should be able to just set the Firestore to write Quicktime files, and then you won't have this issue.
I haven't received a FS-4 with the HDV upgrade yet, so I'm not sure if this is still possible with HDV.

There is no quicktime setting for HDV in the firestore, and I understand the streamclip-converted files don't keep their timecode.
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Old November 19th, 2005, 03:51 PM   #5
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There is no quicktime setting for HDV in the firestore, and I understand the streamclip-converted files don't keep their timecode.
But isn't TC irrelevant with a HD recording device? (That is, unless you're doing multi-cam where the time code is used to sync the different cams). After all you're not going to recapture from tape are you - simply re-transfer/demux the files direct from the disc and re-connect.
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Old November 22nd, 2005, 02:18 PM   #6
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But isn't TC irrelevant with a HD recording device? (That is, unless you're doing multi-cam where the time code is used to sync the different cams). After all you're not going to recapture from tape are you - simply re-transfer/demux the files direct from the disc and re-connect.

Good point, but I'm a little wary about beginning work on a long project without having the safety net of timecode pointing to the backup tapes. - I've been recording to the FS-4, and to mini-dv tapes.

Also, I'm not sure if the missing timecode will lead to problems further along the postproduction road...
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Old November 22nd, 2005, 04:58 PM   #7
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timecode is mandatory for when you have to re-import all the footage into the previously-edited project, because it needs to be re-edited.

think about your workflow... i shoot tapeless mode only, then have the fs-4 playback all the clips at once over firewire, recording the output to a tape deck... that way the entire shoot is backed up, and i'd imagine that timecode is written to the tape as part of the lossless recording process.
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 02:10 PM   #8
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There is no quicktime setting for HDV in the firestore, and I understand the streamclip-converted files don't keep their timecode.
HDVxDV converted clips now retain the timecode. You can download the free trial to make sure it works for you.

www.hdvxdv.com
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Old November 24th, 2005, 09:43 PM   #9
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think about your workflow... i shoot tapeless mode only, then have the fs-4 playback all the clips at once over firewire, recording the output to a tape deck... .
Dan, how do you make the FS-4 play back all clips at once? Focus support sent me instructions on how to set up the FS-4 so that FCP sees it as a deck, allowing capture of the files through firewire...works fine except that I can't see a way to capture more than one file at a time, and there doesn't appear to be a way to choose which files you capture. For now, I'd settle for being able to batch capture everything on the hard drive in one go.
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Old November 25th, 2005, 04:47 AM   #10
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Batch Add TC http://www.dharmafilm.com/sebskytools/ might be able to add TC to your quicktime files
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Old November 26th, 2005, 03:59 PM   #11
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the fs-4 will play 'em all back in a row with the "play all" menu selection, in the fs-4 setup menu... of course i'm talking about using the fs-4 play buttons, not controlling playback with the computer.

when the fs-4 is plugged in to a computer via it's computer i/o port, it's just another hard drive... but if it's plugged into your mac thru it's dv i/o port, it should look and perform like another dv tape deck... pc users cannot do that, because we do not have a winxp software driver for it, so you have an advantage there... i think that it was daniel who suggested in that other thread to simply hit the fs-4 play button, and see if the mac can view the fs-4 output as if it were a live stream from a deck, and capture the footage that way... without issuing any type of control command to the fs-4 from the mac.

that's how i capture all the fs-4 clips at once to dv tape, via the dv i/o port of the fs-4, hooked up to a dv tape deck or camera.
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sorry to bring up an old topic but i've recently came across this issue as well and with some research i learned that focus has a firmware updater that makes the hdv file quicktime. its $30 on their site.
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sorry to bring up an old topic but i've recently came across this issue as well and with some research i learned that focus has a firmware updater that makes the hdv file quicktime. its $30 on their site.
whats the url to the focus website?
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I use this:ClipWrap
And it works as it just re-wraps the files really quickly.
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