The real title of this post should be: "dang that FCP/h.264/5DII baloney!".
After having much trouble on FCP and being unable to resolve it, I've dusted off my copy of CS5 and started to learn it. Not transcoding is SWEET.
I'm aware some of this stuff I'm asking about has been talked to death, but I did look hard and am
not finding the specific solution I need.
I thought I knew this stuff, for the most part.
I've certainly done it successfully in the past, however, that was on a tower, FCP 7,
in an XDCAM network TV environment.
Now, using my own laptop and FCP 6.0.6 I am having the very devil of a time,
and FAILING utterly to understand the whys.
With the 5DII shooting 29.97, every transcode tool and flavor except one has failed dramatically to
produce first rate results when using FCP. Even the one that works is not perfect.
I've got a bad case of the jitters.
Some of the transcodes produce files that jitter.
Some produce files that play fine in the FCP Viewer but jitter once they are on the timeline.
Rendering just produces jittery rendered files. The same holds true for CS5.
Tried Streamclip after trying Log and Transfer, or as I like to call it, shiftapple8.
The best FCP results have been with Prores 422HQ capture through shiftapple8 and XDCAM 1080P 30 VBR.
Even that is unsatisfactory in some CU pans.
So, using small words so I can understand, (pretend you're talking to your cat) could someone be so kind, please, as to provide a 'recipe'?
Set your CS5 project up like this. Capture, project, timeline, all you consider critical.
Why always helps.
Transcode like this. Ditto.
The Mac is a 1st gen 17" unibody, maxed, 4g RAM, the drive is a Sonnet F2 twin ESATA to Expresscard34.
But while that makes a difference in edit and playback, it should not make a difference in rendered output.
May the thoughput be with you.
And what is up with this text editor!?