Sunday, June 12, 2016

How to Import UEFA Euro 2016 recordings to FCP/iMovie?

The UEFA European Championship will kick off on June 10th and run for a month. The tournament will be held in France and will feature the continent's top 24 national teams. Spain have won the last two Euros - in 2008 when Austria and Switzerland co-hosted and four years later when Poland and Ukraine shared the event. Can they make it a hat-trick? The games are so wonderful. You can record the unforgetable videos by your camera for watching anytime anywhere. For more nice watching, you can edit them with popular NLEs like FCP or iMovie firstly.

But not all UEFA Euro 2016 recordings are supported by FCP/iMovie due to the complicated formats/codecs. Let us have a look at the following FCP/iMovie supported formats

FCP supported format:

File Formats Supported by Final Cut Pro (Reference)

  • Video Formats: Apple Animation codec, Apple Intermediate codec, Apple ProRes(all versions), AVC-intra, AVCHD (including AVCCAM, AVCHD Lite, and NXCAM), DV (including DVCAM, DVCPRO, and DVCPRO50), DVCPRO HD, H.264, HDV, iFrame, Motion JPEG(OpenDML only), MPEG IMX(D-10), REDCODE RAW (R3D), Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, XAVC, XDCAM HD/EX/HD422, QuickTime formats. 
  • Audio Formats: AAC, AIFF, BWF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV 
  • Container format: 3GP, AVI, MP4, MXF, QuickTime 
  • Still-image formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, RAW, TGA, TIFF 

Best Video/Audio Settings for Final Cut Pro

  • Aspect Ratio: Native aspect ratio without letterboxing (examples: 4:3, 16:9)
  • Resolution: You can choose different resolutions, all the way to 5K. The lowest resolution supported is 640 x 480. You cannot choose custom resolutions or aspect ratios. This is a huge negative.
  • Frame Rate: The lowest frame rate possible is 23.976p, and the maximum is 60p. No 12 or 18 fps options.
  • Audio Settings: Generally, audio only has 'Surround' or 'Stereo', and the maximum audio bit depth isn’t specified. Squence audio is always mixed using 32-bit floating-point values. Tips: Final Cut Pro allows you to directly import any audio file format compatible with QuickTime. However, only uncompressed file formats should be used for editing.

iMovie supported format: 

Video -

Audio - AIFF, WAV, AAC, MP3, CAF

Note: iMovie'11 (Version 9.0), as part of the iLife'11 package, now supports the AVCHD Lite format (a subset of AVCHD format limited to 720p60, 720p50 and 720p24 ).

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3 Steps to Convert UEFA Euro 2016 recordings to FCP/iMovie for nice editing

Step 1: Add UEFA Euro 2016 footages files to the program

Click the “Add File” button to select the UEFA Euro videos from your hard drive to this program. To save your time, this program supports batch conversion so you can add multiple files at a time.

Step 2: Choose output format and specify output folder

1. Choose output format for your specific usage. For example in this case, from "Format" drop-down option, choose iMovie best editing codec by selecting "iMovie and Final Cut Ex..." > "Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov). If you select all files and click Merge, you can join all imported mts files to one output video.

2.  Click "Format" bar, from its drop-down options, move your mouse to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" to select it as the output file format.

Step 3: Convert UEFA Euro 2016 Video to FCP/iMovie.

Hit the convert button under the preview windows, the program will start UEFA Euro 2016 footage to iMovie or Final Cut Pro. When the conversion is completed, run FCP or iMovie and import the converted footage to FCP or iMovie for post production workflow.

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