FCE 4 Import Quality Loss

droptheone

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I didn't know to import from cam directly to FCE, so I copied them to desktop. They were .MTS files and I used WinX HD to convert them to a high quality .mov that can be imported into FCE. They look great in a player but when I import them, the quality is horrible and they're about 1/4 size. Is there some way to adjust import settings or a different format I can import them as?

I tried looking for a thread on this but couldn't find any

Thanks in advance
 
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What are the codec settings used for the transcoded file? Maybe use VideoSpec (I prefer that, though it hasn't been updated since 11/2009), MediaInfo Mac (10/2010) or MediaInfo (10/2010, there is a Mac OS X version to download, VideoSpec and MediaInfo Mac are using the same library as MediaInfo) to analyse the resulting .mov file(s).
Have you also verified the playback settings in FCE?
 

droptheone

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"HD Mov
15000kbps
29.97fps
codec Mpeg-4"
Playback settings, quality's "high" framerate's "full" RT's on "Safe"
 
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"HD Mov
15000kbps
29.97fps
codec Mpeg-4"
MPEG-4 is not meant for editing, FCE needs .mov files using the Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC). Maybe take a look at ClipWrapper.
Have you also tried MRoogle yet?
Btw, have you checked the manual of FCE yet or the playback settings in FCE (timeline window > upper left where it normally says "RT")?
 

droptheone

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the codec setting on the converter says "MOV" but the info on the file afterwards says Mpeg-4...

The RT settings are all on high,

but you've given me some good suggestions, so I'm going to go do some more homework on it.

Thanks again :D
 
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the codec setting on the converter says "MOV" but the info on the file afterwards says Mpeg-4...

The RT settings are all on high,

but you've given me some good suggestions, so I'm going to go do some more homework on it.

Thanks again :D
.mov is the container, MPEG-4 is the codec. A container can hold the information using a variety of codecs, like .avi (container) and Divx or Xvid (both codecs based on MPEG-4).
 

droptheone

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Feb 28, 2011
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Thanks again man, the MOV codec I landed on was "DV/DVCPRO" and I seem to get good enough quality for what I'm doing.
 

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