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Old Jan 18, 2012, 09:21 PM   #1
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Final Cut Pro HD 4.5 won't import

I'm trying to import .mp4 and .mov files into FCP but I'm getting a

"File error: 1 files(s)recognized, 0 access denied, 1 unknown"

when I use the import function.

If I just try dragging the file in the FCP I get:

"File Error: Unknown File.


The .mov files open in quick time with no problem. I reinstalled FCP but that didn't help. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old Jan 19, 2012, 12:44 AM   #2
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That happens when you try to import an unsupported codec into FCP. Assuming the files are HD I would transcode them into DVCPro HD. FCP 4.5 is very, very old so your options are pretty limited.

Try using MPEG Streamclip to do the transcoding.


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Old Jan 19, 2012, 12:51 AM   #3
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.mp4 files use H.264 as codec, which is NOT an editing codec. The .mov file can use H.264 as codec too, thus analyse the .mov file via Use VideoSpec, MediaInfo Mac or MediaInfo to analyse that video and report back.

Your files should be using .mov as container and Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) or ProRes as codec.
You can use MPEG Streamclip for transcoding to that.

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Assuming the files are HD I would transcode them into DVCPro HD.
Why DVCPro HD and not ProRes?
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Old Jan 19, 2012, 02:32 AM   #4
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IIRC ProRes didn't exist that time. h.264 did neither.
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Why DVCPro HD and not ProRes?
FCP 4.5 is so old it predates Apple Intermediate Code, ProRes and HDV. DVCPro HD, though, is supported natively.


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FCP 4.5 is so old it predates Apple Intermediate Code, ProRes and HDV. DVCPro HD, though, is supported natively.


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Didn't know that, thanks.
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FCP 4.5 is so old it predates Apple Intermediate Code, ProRes and HDV. DVCPro HD, though, is supported natively.


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Thanks for the advice! Your suggestions worked great.
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Glad to hear you are up and running now. Thanks for letting us know the problem got fixed.

Sometimes people never come back so we don't know if our suggestions helped or not.


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