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I'm not aware of any software that will do this. Root around VideoHelp.com, though. Lots of good info on conversion there.
QuickTime Pro can handle a lot of AVI material. The Pro version can Export to most installed QT CODEC's. Do not know if it will work with your files. The Pro version is an unlock for US$30. The image size *might* be a problem though.
Hmm...Not willing for the upgrade for CS4? That would solve your problem from what I know about the new suite...
What is the reason ou need mp4? is it a quality issue? You can mix formats of media in a timeline, you may just have to render. If it is quality issue, can you not just pump up an mpeg2 encode or a h.264 standard? People will never be able to tell the difference.
If your project is HUGE, I can understand depending on processor power (another reason to go 64-bit with cs4 to open up the 'next two carbeurator barrels" on your processors - if you have 64bit chips) your want to have altered format clips prior to laying them down but remember, encoding aside from rendering takes time too, time difference might be close to a '6 of one half dozen of the other' thing. Still, you should be able to mix and match clip formats on one timeline in one job.
That said, I'm sure you can download an encoder off the web for a license fee?
I would think if it is possible to encode for a portable device, it SHOULD be able to convert for a full screen, its basically just a bitrate difference.
I found one that doesnt mention portable devices, but just mp4 format. Looks versatile enough, OJOsoft MP4 Converter 2.6.0 second one down:
>it SHOULD be able to convert for a full screen, its basically just a bitrate difference.
It's much more than that, Jousma. Desmond is looking to convert them to EX1 files, which has a whole folder structure thing going on.
Really? Can you explain? I've never had the need to learn intricacies of portable encodings. Any more info I'd appreciate! Might come in handy someday...!
I just always thought encodings were basically your pixel dimensions, like vga, xvga, etc, bit rate selections then audio variables and variable or constant br?
Nevermind I got you, like a 2 frame GOB struture from beta SP or something. EX1 MP4 is its own format then eh? Usually I just use SP and SX betacam formats still.
Well. No. Not really. I don't need the EX1 folder structure. I just need the MP4 files. So I'll be able to edit them in the EX1 timeline without rendering. I tested this, I converted them to uncompressed avi. These uncompressed avi CAN be imported to EX1 (MP4) timeline but of course needs render to be able to see realtime previews.
In order to use them in the same timeline without rendering, I think you may actually need the whole file structure. Otherwise Premiere is likely to see them as 'different' than the project settings, which is usually why that red line shows up.
I see. So how do I do it, Jim?
What type of MP4 format that the XDCAM EX is using?
Thanks for replying.
Like I said earlier, I don't think this is possible. You may have to live with the red line.
Does the EX1 have some kind of analog/digital input?
If so, maybe it's possible to play the files that Desmond wants converted into that input and record with the EX1 onto cards? Which maybe should give the file structure?
Sort of like the good old "play a VHS/DVD through your SD camera and capture through firewire" which makes instant DV-avi.