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Old July 13th, 2010, 10:47 AM   #1
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Flip camera clips in FCP

I am working with some client supplied clips from various Flip camcorders with the files arriving in the usual mp4 format. Using DV Kitchen, I converted them to Pro Res 422 720p for the edit but it appears that the footage is somewhat 'jumpy'. Is this normal or am I missing something in the conversion?

The clips are from about a dozen different cameras and at least that many operators and I can't believe all of them had shaky hands!

Thanks in advance.

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Old July 13th, 2010, 11:08 AM   #2
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Nope, you're not doing anything wrong. I thoroughly tested all the consumer-grade POV cams recently (a review to be posted soon) and none of them hold up to commercial-grade standards, especially the GoPro HD, Flip and Contour HD.

Although the Contour is the only model that has a global shutter rather than rolling none of them can hold a decent frame-rate and in fact "frame skip" as it were during their recordings. In fact the video they produce is little better than a web-cam, from all aspects.

Unfortunately there's no fix I'm aware of that can smooth out this frame-jumpy behavior; you can't make up for data that just isn't there to begin with.
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