Hi everyone, I have a question regarding editing my 4K footage on my FCP7.
What I do now is I transcode the 4K footage (H264) to 4K (ProRes) and edit away on a 1080 sequence - if the delivery asks for 1080.
The problem is that once I render the sequence and decide to change some small things around or add/trim clips, I have to render again for every step that I change and overall it can be very time consuming.
Is there a way to for example transcode the 4K original footage to a 720p small files JUST FOR THE EDIT and then once the sequence is a lock, conform the clips in the sequence back to their original size (4K) and export the sequence in 1080 and 4k in Pro Res?
Any other tips how to make this post production easier are appreciated!
Once you transcode to 720p you will lose a lot of the information stored into the 4K file. This information can never be retrieved; it is gone for ever. That means that if you edit on a 720p sequence and then transcode the locked output to 1080p or 4K you will end up with nothing but an enlarged 720p quality video. Provided that your sequence settings match those of your clips, rendering should not be an issue especially with prores files (h264 is no go). That should be kept to a minimum unless you apply effects on each an every clip. If this is the case I would suggest that you lock your edit first and then apply any effects whatsoever.
Thanks for the reply... rendering only is an issue when I drag the 4K files into the 1080 timeline and after 3 minutes of raw edit footage i would like to see the result i need to render which takes a whie and then upon that every single little change i need to render again...
I have been told this information before, so how is it possible that I have a 4K pro res video, I import it to FCP7, drop it to a new sequence, say 'YES' - the sequence is now in 4K resolution, I do some edits and export and the exported file is a 4K file?
If you drag a 4K clip onto an empty new sequence the latter should conform to the clip's resolution and settings. Emphasis onto the "new empty sequence" part. Make sure the clips are converted to ProRes.
Which version of fcp do you have, is it 7.0 or 7.0.3?
Bear in mind that there may be issues as, as I mentioned, 4k is not really supported in FCP 7
1) My camera is Lumix-GH4 so how would you recommend me going about log and transfer because right now FCP7 is not allowing me to log and transfer the native footage from GH4 - is there a plug in like for the Canon 5D?
2) My workflow now on smaller scale projects is: take the original GH4 footage - transcode it to ProRes 422 LT, Import to FCP, create a 1080p Sequence, drop and edit - export and for some Transode to .mp4 ... Many editing experts told me that there is no visible difference between ProRes 422 LT and 422 and HQ if I am not doing any VFX/graphics/green screen, just pure documentary form videos. Would you agree?
Sorry I couldn't tell you if there is a plug for Final Cut Pro 7. I would have to do research myself since I stopped using Final Cut Pro 7 awhile back.
This is true that there "should not" be any visible difference for the eye when viewing the original transcoded footage. ProRes LT is good if you are limited to bandwidth and hard drive space. Great in a Broadcast environment or a off-line to on-line process. ProRes 422 will most closely match the original image quality. ProRes 422 HQ is more in the direction RED, HDCAM, or HDCAM SR... overkill for DSLR.
I would go with ProRes 422 unless you are running on low drive space.