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Apple's Final Cut Pro is something of an industry standard for non-linear video editing, and Final Cut Pro 6 is the editor in use at Treet. As it is both popular and capable of producing work to full broadcast spec, we anticipate that many production teams will want to use it to assemble their programmes for Treet distribution. This article provides an overview of approaches to file preparation and getting content into FCP, setting up the application to Treet specs, and minimising problems in using this powerful system.  
Apple's Final Cut Pro is something of an industry standard for non-linear video editing, and Final Cut Pro 6 is the editor in use at Treet. As it is both popular and capable of producing work to full broadcast spec, we anticipate that many production teams will want to use it to assemble their programmes for Treet distribution. This article provides an overview of approaches to file preparation and getting content into FCP, setting up the application to Treet specs, and minimising problems in using this powerful system.  
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To maintain the fastest, most efficient, and highest quality editing workflow, this article assumes that you will convert all incoming content to Apple ProRes format. ProRes is one of a small number of [[Intermediate Codecs]] specifically designed for low-overhead, high quality work, and is highly recommended for FCP operation.
Even if you are not using FCP, and not even editing on the Macintosh platform, you may find the information useful – and in many cases there are Windows versions or equivalents of the applications described, for example for format conversion.
Even if you are not using FCP, and not even editing on the Macintosh platform, you may find the information useful – and in many cases there are Windows versions or equivalents of the applications described, for example for format conversion.
'''If Quicktime itself won't do the conversion to Apple ProRes, try MPEG Streamclip'''
'''If Quicktime itself won't do the conversion to Apple ProRes, try MPEG Streamclip'''
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The most recent Beta version of MPEG Streamclip ([http://www.squared5.com/svideo/mpeg-streamclip-mac.html 1.9.3b5 on the Macintosh] at the time of writing) will read almost any mp4 you can throw at it, including AVC files. It will also output ''directly'' to ProRes.
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The most recent Beta version of MPEG Streamclip ([http://www.squared5.com/svideo/mpeg-streamclip-mac.html 1.9.3b5 on the Macintosh] at the time of writing) will read almost any mp4 you can throw at it, including AVC files and files created by popular Windows video capture app, Fraps. It will also output ''directly'' to ProRes.
The app is also useful for a lot for other purposes (eg converting MPEG2 stream files). It's great, because it eliminates some intermediate steps, and it's a good idea to avoid re-encoding when unnecessary.
The app is also useful for a lot for other purposes (eg converting MPEG2 stream files). It's great, because it eliminates some intermediate steps, and it's a good idea to avoid re-encoding when unnecessary.
* Establish a default FCP preset which defines your workflow settings using ProRes
* Establish a default FCP preset which defines your workflow settings using ProRes
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* Transcode EVERYTHING into ProRes before using it in your projects (that is what Treet's "Edit Ready" files are all about)
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* Transcode ''everything'' into ProRes before using it in your projects (that is what Treet's "Edit Ready" files are all about)
* Transcode all results using Compressor for finals.
* Transcode all results using Compressor for finals.
[[File:FCP-Sequence-Preset-Editor.png]]
[[File:FCP-Sequence-Preset-Editor.png]]
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Once you've completed this pane, click the "Video Processing" tab and select "Render in 8-bit YUV", Process Maximum White as: "White", and Motion Filtering Quality: "Normal":
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[[File:VideoProc.png]]
Then, '''on the "Summary" pane, be sure that your new setting is the default "Sequence Preset"''':
Then, '''on the "Summary" pane, be sure that your new setting is the default "Sequence Preset"''':

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