h.264 to editable format in FCP/FCE

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by derekjd, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. derekjd macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2006
    Hey all,

    I have a really quick question I was hoping someone could answer for me, I have a small HD camcorder that outputs files 1280x720 at 29.97fps in h.264 (.MOV AAC Stereo 48.000kHZ) format. Now I would like to take the clips and edit them but I know that they have to be in an editable format, so my question is using either the export in Quicktime Pro, Visualhub or even some import method in FCP/FCE what would be the best format to convert to?

    Appreciate the help.
  2. DPA macrumors 65816


    As long as it's a .mov file it is an editable format in FCP/FCE. You shouldn't have any problems.

    Happy New Year!
  3. derekjd thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2006
    It won't let me use any effects on the footage at all, I thought that since the h.264 (container I think it's refereed to as) was not FCP/FCE edit friendly. I converted some to standard mp4 using quicktime (and screwing with the settings) then editing that to see if I can use the effects. Thanks for your quick reply btw....

    And Happy New Year All!!!!!

  4. DPA macrumors 65816


    Get MPEG Streamclip, it's free and not a demo version. It can convert your video files to a regular .mov file. It's a pretty self explanatory app for a FCP user. But if you have any questions post here or PM me.
  5. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    No, no, no... h.264 is a delivery codec and should never be used for editing.

    To the OP, convert the files to DVCProHD (smaller) or ProRes (larger) depending on your system specs/HD space.
  6. DPA macrumors 65816


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