Rendering in Final Cut Express 4

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by NArmold, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. NArmold macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2009
    I have the exact same problem seen here:

    I have to render every time I slightly change anything. I tried everything the guy says in that thread but it hasn't changed anything.

    (I am also getting the "Unable to locate Apple Firewire NTSC" if that is related)

    I really would love some explanation. Thank you so much in advance this would help so much!
  2. FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    For your explanation:

    The reason you have to render is that you're editing in a format that Final Cut can't output instantly. You need be editing videos that are certain codecs (formats) to not need to render everything.

    On your Mac, find your video files and RIGHT click on one of them and select "GET INFO". Go to the section that says "MORE INFO" and what does it say under "Codecs"?
  3. NArmold thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2009
    It says H.264, AAC.
  4. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    FCE only works w/AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec) or DV. Transcode the H.264 into AIC and you'll be headed in the right direction.

  5. elvirav macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2006
    California, off and on.
    Open the H.264 files in MPEG Streamclip ( ) and convert to DV MOV or AIC. I'd go with DV MOV. Make sure you set the aspect ratio correctly as well. (Click on the "Options" button at the top right corner.) If your video is widescreen, choose 16:9, otherwise go with 4:3.

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