editing MKV on mac

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by SquareRobot, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. SquareRobot macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone. I'm trying to put together a video from a bunch of big MKV files (about 2 GB each). I started by converting one MKV file to MP4 with Handbrake (which took like 6 hours, for some reason). I tried to bring the MP4 into FCP, but when I put it on the timeline it said something about the project settings not matching the video clip settings and asked if I wanted to make them match, I said yes and then FCP gave me a "General Error" (very helpful, yes?). So now I've wasted a bunch of time and gotten nowhere.

    tl;dr: Does anyone know a relatively easy way to edit my MKV files?


    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    Get MPEG Streamclip and export it to AIC or ProRes. That should fix your problem.
     
  3. SquareRobot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply. I have mpegstreamclip but I don't see any options for the two things you mentioned anywhere in the export to other formats screen. How do I do that?
     
  4. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    File > Export to Quicktime, then just choose the codec for compression.
     
  5. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    I wish there was a plugin for editing H.264 w/ AAC audio Mkv's in FCP X or FCP...wouldn't it be relatively easy to implement since the only difference is the container format really? (Still if you change the extension FCP won't open it without errors).
     
  6. SquareRobot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for showing me how to do that. However, this is going to take way too long. It's going to take 12+ hours just to convert each file to be edited in FCP. That's like 200 hours just to convert the files I have.

    Does anyone know a reasonable way to edit MKV files because this is ridiculous.
     
  7. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    MKV is a delivery format, not meant for editing, so you won't have any other chance.

    ... and don't export to MP4 with h.264 for editing. Use AIC or ProRes (should be faster to boot)
     
  8. SquareRobot thread starter macrumors newbie

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  9. BrunoWill macrumors member

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    Maybe you can use Handbrake to convert your video to MOV or M4V video, maybe FCP support those kind of format.
     
  10. SquareRobot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the info, guys. I haven't had any time to work on my project but when I get to it, I'll see if your advice works.
     

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