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Transcoding NXCAM AVCHD footage to ProRes: Adobe CS5 vs FCP 7 vs Clipwrap

August 30, 2010

Hi All

I’ve just read this very useful post by John Vasey on dvinfo.net comparing different ways of transcoding AVCHD footage from the NX5 to ProRes:

http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/sony-nxcam-hxr-nx5u/483644-those-nx5u-users-encoding-prores-422-check-out-results-test.html

In summary: FCP 7’s Log & Transfer does not carry timecode through *see update in next post* (as well as all the other problems with it) but there are image quality problems with the ProRes footage produced by Adobe CS5’s Media Encoder. Clipwrap produced ProRes footage of identical quality to FCP 7.

If you’re having trouble transcoding AVCHD footage using Log & transfer in FCP, make sure you upgrade to FCP version 7.03 before giving up. Log & Transfer in 7.03 brings through timecode and does its job far more efficiently than previous versions!

Cheers

Adam

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