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Old December 3rd, 2007, 10:50 AM   #1
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Hi,

1st: I am not a FCP user - so this question goes out to everybody using XDCAM HD + FCP.

is there a method to provide an FCP User the proxies (lets say on a dvd) of an XDCAM HD Disk for later (automatic) copy the hd files?

(e.g. editing the proxies and bring in the disk later to exchange the proxies agains HD files)

Id like to shoot some footage, copy XYZ to a dvd and send it to an FCP studio instead of the disk. Ill bring in the disk later myself - but like the editor to start already...

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Old December 4th, 2007, 12:29 AM   #2
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it is possible BUT the workflow is so convoluted it is not at all practicable
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Old December 4th, 2007, 01:33 AM   #3
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Here I was about to ponder on for two paragraphs about it, and Andy just sums it up in a sentence. As the kids say -- I LOL'd.

Besides, what use would those proxy files be anyhow? Just to keep your entire XDCam library (via proxy) on your hard drive to drop in to any project at any time. Between the great minds at Apple and the great minds at Sony, it'd probably take a whole afternoon to add that code to either FCP or the XDCam transfer software.

Excuse my frustration.
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Old December 4th, 2007, 02:47 AM   #4
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The idea was to avoid bring in a bunch of XDCAM disks to another studio (I am cooperating with) within the 1st step of a project - they do not own a XDCAM HD recorder.

The studio is not in my neighbourhood , so Id like to give them proxies (on DVDs) first...

Looks like this wont work with FCP...

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Old December 4th, 2007, 04:42 AM   #5
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heres the deal as I see it, Uli

in XDCAM Transfer you select the disc, at left, then choose Clip > Export Proxy Movies to Folder... (select the destination and press OK)

then download Audio Track Batcher from http://www.davidheidelberger.com/software.html

drop all those clips you just exported on to the Audio Track Batcher tool and it will quickly strip out all but the first 2 tracks of audio from all of those clips

ok, you should now be able to edit with these proxies in FCP (you can set up a custom sequence setting for them, or just use OfflineRT HD which seems to work well in Unlimited RT)
when you need to online/upres you have to import all of the high res media, change the sequence preset to the full res codec, and reconnect the clips to the high res originals

there is no way to bring in only what high res is needed for the edit as Apple/Sony don't provide this level of XDCAM integration in FCP, Sony does not allow one to import/export logging data to the Mac version of XDCAM Transfer, and they've not opened XDCAM Transfer to 3rd parties either (or we'd have done it ourselves!)
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Old December 4th, 2007, 10:34 AM   #6
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Hi Andy,

thanks for the post. Ill have a look on it!

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Old December 5th, 2007, 03:44 PM   #7
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Why not just copy the entire disks to a USB or Firewire hard drive. Put each disk in a separate folder and hand that over to the editor.
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Old December 6th, 2007, 02:04 AM   #8
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Hi Alister,

I thought to come away with only sending some DVDs (and not copying whole XDCAM Disks..) with the proxies on it.

Looks like we will shoot a lot of footage in the future - and I wanted to have the Editor have a rough look on the footage and select some scenes before bringing in the HD files.

If this is not possible, I will take the time and copy these disks to Harddrive...

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