I use CS5.5 on a PC. When I upload my HDV footage from my Canon XHA1, it is saved as a mpeg file which is what I am calling its 'raw' state here. I have tried passing a sample of this to another editor who is Mac based so that he can edit on the original file. However, he cannot read the mpeg file. Can anyone explain exactly why, and is it possible to overcome?
I've already tried to send an XML file, but this hasn't helped
FCP needs pretty much everything to be in an MOV container--FCP would usually capture HDV to Apple HDV in a QuickTime MOV--so the MPEG file is going to be a no-go. And unfortunately, there is no way on Windows to package up a QuickTime file with Apple HDV (or at least not that I've found).
However, the Mac editor might be able to do this on his own machine. With MPEG Streamclip, he might be able to open the MPEG file, and then use the File > Save As > MOV option to rewrap these files in a format the FCP will accept. Unfortunately, I can't test this, but it should be a fairly simple process to try. MPEG Streamclip is free and requires no install.
Alternatives would be to send the original tape, or to transcode to another QuickTime flavor that is less-compressed than the initial HDV compression; Avid DNxHD would be a possibility since it is free and available for cross-platform use.
Are you talking about MPEG Streamclip? Hmm... I had hoped it would be quicker. Obviously, it's doing a recompression instead of a rewrapping.
I might be on to something, though. Can you send this link to your fellow editor and see if he can work with the clip contained therein: http://www.mediafire.com/?bkrjwwq3cunyu98
What that is is an HDV capture that I rewrapped to (I think) an Apple HDV QuickTime MOV. If it works, I'll send along some instructions--it's a totally lossless conversion!
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