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Vegas is a mature, full-featured NLE. I use it regularly for professional work from spots, to corporate video to feature films. I've also used it for semi-professional things like editing a video of my stepdaughter's choir concert for a Christmas DVD. Here's where I run into problems. My producing partner is all about FCP. There's no clean way to export an ...


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There's actually a big difference between the two. If you're on a budget and don't mind that editing video is not as straight forward, then Motion is actually not a bad route to take. Final Cut allows you to use things you've created in Motion as graphical templates. Motion in and of itself is a 2D(/3D) animation app, it wasn't made for video editing. ...


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FFmpeg is probably being used more than you believe. I think the BBC uses it for some workflows, there is evidence that Laika and Weta may use it, and there is a fork called FFmbc which is targeted for professional broadcast usage. YouTube probably uses FFmpeg to decode as shown by some unique decoding issues (but this was several years ago that I read ...


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Subtitling is a horrible horrible thing, and there are loads of regulations and standards and other bull which can be found here. As for the font, it really depends on your opinion - if I'm not mistaken Trebuchet Sans and Deja Vu Sans are as close as you can get to the standard DVD fonts. But all I just said depend on your artistic point of view - if the ...


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The way you've phrased this question makes it meaningless. Of course you can use Vegas for professional and semi-professional work. Of course you can compare the output of Vegas with other professional production tools. The problem is that "professional and semi-professional work" is such a broad field that you will always be able to find some situation ...


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"I copy pasted Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects folders to my external HD but I don't know how to restore it into project in FC. Any help is appreciated." It's better to perform this type of operation from within FCPX, instead of the Finder via copy/paste. With the project selected in the Project Library, choose File->Move Project... As long as you ...


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Select the clip you wish to work on in the browser, then in the top menu bar for FCP, select Mark > DV Start/Stop Detect. This will break the clip up by the start/stop metadata generated when you were shooting. The options in the user preferences are for timecode breaks that occur during capture. ps: I don't know when this DV Start/Stop Detect feature was ...


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The main reason is support, usability and control. First, lets clarify that FFMPEG is an encoder, QuickTime Pro is a video utility that happens to include multiple encoders and Final Cut Pro is a non-linear editor and has nothing to do with encoders other than the fact it can output to an encoder (generally QuickTime I believe). For big budget commercial ...


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FCPX has currently no way to link Motion Projects to FCPX Projects. To place Motion Projects in another directory than the default one, you have to create symbolic links using Terminal (see below). Motion Projects can only be used in FCPX as Templates. From Apple's PDF "Managing Media with Final Cut Pro X Libraries": Motion templates are not managed as ...


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There is a pop-up menu in the General tab in User Preferences that has all the options in dealing with timecode breaks. There is an option where you choose Make New Clip from the “On timecode break”. This option will make a new clip in the bin when a timecode break is reached. SRC: ...


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I worked on a documentary project two years ago. The solution that worked best for me was a VHS Recorder, that had 6 heads and was able to play NTSC and PAL. I could not find a VHS Recorder with HDD or DVD recording unit, that played both formats. VHS (and VHS-C) tape quality is limited. No matter how big your budget is, you will not get a full color-range ...


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This is a job better accomplished with a compositing program like After Effects (or maybe Motion if that's all you have), and not with your editing program. Also, here's a tutorial that covers how to deal with some difficult situations in object removal: http://library.creativecow.net/articles/drozda_jerzy/SimpleObjectRemoval.php Even if you're not an ...


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FCP can export an XML file that contains the basics of your sequence. Premiere can then import this and create a native project file based on the contents of that XML. I'm pretty sure Premiere can also export a similar file for import/conversion into FCP (I haven't tried though). It's worth noting that the formats are likely to change considerably years ...


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To be fully honest, it's impossible to tell. Even now, there's a bit of an industry battle between FCP (which is dead following FCX), Premiere and AVID. Your best bet would be to edit in Premiere and keep an ear out, upgrading every 3-4 years with Premiere and possible emigrating the project over to whatever NLE is the industry standard at that time. ...


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It seems to me from a high level, two things. First off your project settings in FCP do not match your source materials. First off you should transcode one of your two sources to a common format so you are dealing with only one aspect ratio and frame size, it may require cropping or scaling down some of the larger content to match the smaller one (i.e. bring ...


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I use it in my professional production chain all the time. Last week I was using it to batch through dozens of videos that needed subtitles burnt-in. It would have taken me weeks of tedious labour with Final Cut, it took me a couple of days burning the srts in with ffmpeg, and I was able to automatically rename the files and compress them for the various ...


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First off, there is no such coded as ProRes 411, so I have to assume you are using ProRes 422...which is a great start. However it is not really worth the effort of trying to convert the clips so that you don't have to render within Final Cut, rendering in Final Cut is going to occur whether you attempt to avoid it or not. In your case I believe it is a ...


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FCP X is a complete re-write of the software, many and most features that everyday professional editors use when video editing are no longer available in FCP X, this feature was not included. Update: Also this only works on true Time-based cameras, a 5D or 7D will not produce this feature even in FCP 7


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Yes, you can use Sony Vegas for fully professional productions. I was the video producer for Media Services at a local college and I used Vegas all the time, for all kinds of productions ranging from student programs to publicity videos for the college and its website, and a huge pile of other things, like instructional videos for professors, and publicity ...


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If you have made an edit and you want to remove it, you can click on the edit then press delete and the edit will be removed. fig1. selected edit: Note that this only works if the time on either side of the edit hasnt changed, as indicated by the red triangles. If you have cut out any video, you cant delete the edit:


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The reason you cant get the durations is because a marker is just reference to a point in time, not a time range. This time around you will need to find the durations manually either by opening the clip or subtracting the time of the previous marker form the current one. You can give markers durations, but not as effortlessly as just placing a single ...


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I would recommend to use JKL to scrub in the Viewer, directly in the Event Library. Press L to play forward at 1x. Press another time to play at 2x and so forth. Press K to stop playback. L plays backwards. Multiple invocations result in faster playback. Hold down K and press L to go one frame forward, K + J to go one frame backward. Maybe you can give it a ...


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Tips on subtitles. 1) make it clear, be sure the font color is not washed out by the background for instance don't put light lettering on a light background. In a word "contrast". Some title programs will have a shadow or outline to assist when the title is over a mixed light and dark area. Choose an easily readable font. Consider why highway signs have ...


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I've never encountered this problem, so unfortunately I can't give you advice on how to fix it. However, next time, I would suggest that you convert all your footage to the same format before you begin editing. Prores 422 is a great editing codec. Go to this website and download MPEG Streamclip. It's a free program that converts your footage to different ...


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I discovered that it is an issue with my graphics card. I am running FCX on a late 2008 Macbook, which does not have a graphics card that supports the application. Check HERE to see if yours is supported.


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Convert the 50fps down to 24fps. You cannot convert it the other way around, the data is simply not there. Actually, I think there is a way to do it, but it's pointless. Think about it. You have 24 frames a second. That's what you recorded - that's what you have. By converting it to 50fps you are essentially doubling the information, but gaining no quality. ...


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I have done this before a lot of times. I don't prefer FCP to do that, I use Autodesk Combustion (or better), or After Effects to do ALL my conversion before start working. Your question is all about: "What format/codec/media is the output of my video?" So, I advice you to work in a HD timeline and upres low-resolution videos, even if the final product ...


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The codec question is the easier one: use ProRes. It preserves quality very well and FCP likes to edit it. As for what frame rates, image dimensions, etc. the general approach should be to go to the highest resolution of any of the originals so you aren't discarding any data. So, upconvert to 50 fps rather than downconvert to 24 fps. Similarly for image ...


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In general I would recommend Final Cut Pro X, because Final Cut Studio has been discontinued. If there are compatibility reasons I would recommend Final Cut Studio. But only to be compatible with external or ongoing projects. A more suitable recommendation depends on the answer of the question: What's the reason for the update? EDIT: The learning curve ...


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FCPX, I've heard, is much easier but different. Its like a combination of FCPS and iMove: Simple, Elegant, Powerful, but overall different and in that sense incompatible with other FC project files. Its like OSX was at its time, or iMoive 8: "It breaks the line". If it's for good or not depends on you: how used you are to your workflow/plugins/etc. ...



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