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April 26, 2007 11:12 PM Subscribe
Questions about importing video from various sources into Final Cut Express HD (note: not Pro!) in order to get live render ability...
posted by Asparagirl to Computers & Internet (2 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Background: Using a Mac Pro running Final Cut Express HD 3.5.1.
As you probably know since you're reading this question, Final Cut Express won't allow fully real-time editing using any footage that does not exactly match the frame rates, sound types, etc. as your base sequence. This means I can not really assemble projects from downloaded files, ripped DVDs, etc. iMovie can convert most of them, but as an editing system, it's pretty weak.
Therefore, what I'd like to know is this: What software and/or hardware would be required in order to convert a variety of video files to the DV-type file needed for proper use in Final Cut Express?
Picture quality is not the primary concern, as this is a purely amateur endeavor and would mostly be used for streaming video anyway.
-Currently, our camcorder has only a USB output, so what DV deck would you recommend for use with a Mac Pro that has a FireWire 800 port?
-Have any of you had success at ripping DVD video using Handbrake into Final Cut, and if so, what settings should I use/look out for?
(This question was posted on behalf of Mr. Asparagirl. :-) )