Final Cut Express 4 Help with Rendering

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by TheHemdooger, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. TheHemdooger macrumors newbie

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    Hey, I am interested in recording and editing video gameplay and making montages with it but at the moment i do not have a device to record my own gameplay with so I have asked permission from some people i know to download there youtube videos and use that footage. I was given permission but when I put it into Final Cut Express, I press play and in the Canvas where it should show what is happening in the Timeline it just says "Unrendered" and makes a beeping sound.

    What does this mean and how will I be able to properly view these downloaded clips in FCE4?

    thx heaps for the help guys.
     
  2. martinX macrumors 6502a

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    Quick question: which Youtube footage (URL) and what sequence settings are you using in FCE?
     
  3. TheHemdooger thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is the video I downloaded. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUfTa3r5E-E

    It is an mp4 file if that means anything.

    and what do you mean by sequence settings (do you mean the render control thing)
     
  4. martinX macrumors 6502a

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    Nope - sequence settings.

    Final Cut Express -> Easy Setup...

    or ^Q

    This determines what the base codec of your sequence is to be, for example DV or AIC, and other parameters like frame size.
     
  5. martinX macrumors 6502a

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    I got an FLV file from that URL, and also from the high quality URL.
    The standard is 640 x 320 and the HQ one is 854 x 428 (which is the oddest size I have ever come across...), both 29.97 fps. I opened them in QT Pro 7 with Perian installed for that info (command-I).

    In FCE, I clicked "Easy Setup" and chose 'Format: HD' and 'Use: HDV-Apple Intermediate Codec 720p' and then started a new project.

    Using MPEG Streamclip (very handy video utility for Macs), I opened the FLV file. I exported it to a MOV doing the following steps:
    - Select File -> Export To Quicktime and select the following:
    - Compression is Apple Intermediate Codec
    - Frame Size is 720p
    - Deinterlace video
    Then "Make Movie".

    Import the resulting QT file into your new FCE project and you should be OK. I had no need to render video or audio tracks.
     

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