Native HDV editing question

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by computerjunkie, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. computerjunkie macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2008
    Can someone tell me a little about editing HDV natively in FCP? I am aware of all the ins and outs (no pun intended) of AVCHD being imported as AIC in all the mac apps...and even HDV being imported as AIC in FCE. But since FCP will do HDV natively, can someone talk about that?

    I did a search and about all I could find was that it was "painful". Painful how? How would it compare to AVCHD imported to AIC?

    Which is less painful, and what is the cause of the pain? Are we talking import times, file sizes, cpu power, render times??? I know also that AVCHD imported as AIC make HUGE files, but how does this compare with editing native HDV in FCP?


    Pain Specialist
  2. ppc_michael Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    I edit native HDV all the time on my Macbook Pro. I have no problems with it at all, I think people just whine a bunch.

    If you have a bunch of effects applied to video, render times can get kind of long, but that's it.
  3. yoak macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    rendering times are quite long with hdv, but as previous poster I edit hdv on my iMac without any problems. It's the first 24 and it's 2 over 2 years old
  4. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2003
    It is pretty slow, but the files are a lot smaller. AIC will be the same size if its from HDV or AVCHD as long as the resolutions are the same.

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