what format best for editing with AV on seperate tracks?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by mashinhead, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. mashinhead macrumors 68030

    Oct 7, 2003
    I have a video i shot useing a jvc camcorder. The files turn out to be .mod files a jvc file type. So i have to convert them useing MPEG Streamclip. It gives me the option to export quicktime, mpeg 4, dv, or audio. and on top of that the option to convert the video to mpeg or mpeg with mp2 audio. I will most likely be editing this in imovie or final cut. so i want my conversion to work in both also i want to be able to cut and edit the audio seperately, final out put is digital over the web. I just want advice as to the best format to work in for my needs?
  2. ppc_michael Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    For video compression, choose DV/DVCPRO NTSC (or PAL, depending on where you are). For audio, choose uncompressed PCM at 16-bits, 48kHz.

    Those are the "native" audio and video codecs FCP uses (and iMovie as well, I assume). Additionally this is the best audio format for external editing since it's uncompressed.

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