VLC to FCP7

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Maxwell
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Some matters in Final Cut Pro7 are at this stage above my head. I have sitting in my dock a software called VLC looks like a traffic cone and it lets me play movies. That is all i know about that.
I managed to obtain some footage for my work and there are on the VLC system. Have tried to import them int FCP7. But as you can see from my writing "NO LUCK".
All i would like to know is it possible to import. If so "HOW". If no. "Thank-You".
I will then have learned a other step onto the ladder of FCP7

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VLC can play many different types of media files. We need to know what type of media file you have (that opens successfully in VLC) so we can advise on the best way to get it into FCP.

In the Finder, you can use File Menu:Get Info on the media file. What does it say under Kind:? and what is its full name (including suffix)?

For even more information about the file, you can download the (free) useful utility "Media Info Mac" here:
http://mediainfo.massanti.com/

(Click on the archive of previous versions "exists here" link on that page, and download mediainfo_mac_0.7.36.0.dmg.)
Then use Media Info Mac to open your media file, and it will give you loads of information about the file!!

Martin - DVdoctor in moderation. Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

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Easier than VLC is Mpegstreamclip (free), it opens virtually any file (same as VLC) and will export that file to many flavours suitable for FCP (as will VLC but easier to understand).

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Maxwell
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Thank you for starting the ball rolling. It says, MATROSKA VIDEO FILE.
Is that any help?
The video is German archive footage.

foxvideo
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MKV files are a pain! You have FCP so you have QTPro, install Perian (free), this will let QT read an MKV and let you export it to a FCP friendly format (ProRes).

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Hello Maxwell, I Googled MATROSKA VIDEO FILE and it throws up quite a lot of information, especially Wikipedia site, which explains it. Might be worth a read. Tony Carter.

TonyC

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That's known as an MKV file.

It's a guess, but try downloading/installing Perian:
http://perian.org/#detail
- then you might find you can then open your MKV file in Quicktime Pro, and then export it in a format that FCP can read?

I don't have any MKV files to confirm my theory...

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Edit: Bu**er - that's what happens when you spend too long thinking - the Fox gets there first!! :)

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foxvideo
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;)

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Maxwell
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Many thanks. How do you do it?. There is more to this game than pressing bottom on the keyboard.
Now i will confess i'm not one of the brightest person when it comes to put in and transferring from one place to the other with new software.
I have downloaded Perian 1.21 plus i have Quicktime. My Mac is Version 10.6.6
What steps do i need to take as a Boy Scout to get the MKV video file into FCP7 ?
I read all the details but cant work out the logic.
Many may say, This guy should pack up while he is ahead. The trouble is i want to learn. I would attempt do have a go myself, but a bit afraid to make more work by pressing wrong bottoms.
I think in the 60s the only trouble we had regards editing, is getting sound to our Projectors and good cement or splicing tape. When we showed our work we use to say the "Lords Pray" that the film would not break.
I thank you all for the help you contribute to us useless souls at time.

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Basically,

Open Quicktime > File open - choose your file

File export > Movie to Quicktime > Options > Video settings > ProRes (not HQ)

Save

FCP > New project > Set ProRes sequence

File > Import > Your ProRes file > drop on timeline

See the QT and FCP help files from the drop down menu's if you need anything else.

Dave Farrants Fox Video Editing

Maxwell
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Just a end note. Printed the last information off. Putting my brains into first gear. "IT WORKED".
All of those wonderful people who contributed. "THANKS"

mooblie
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Good news!

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foxvideo
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Rock & roll - we'll make an editor of you yet!

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Maxwell
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One correction, I know how to edit. Started with 8mm,16mm,35mm, Then came the big surge. Imovie,Final Cut Pro3, that was an eye opener. Now FCP7. I just cant understand at times the nuts and bolts in a manner of speaking of this software.
But it's coming.
Like my wife say's, "So Is Christmas". At times bless them, they sure know us.

Duncan Craig
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You can also use MKV tools under OSX to rewrap an MKV to mp4.

Maxwell
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Thanks Duncan, but sorry I would not know what you are on about. Could you explain that for me and possible other people in the same boat as me in lay mans term?
The thread which was laid out for me worked a treat.
That is one part of computer terminology I don't understand unless it is refined.
Thank you.

Duncan Craig
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There's an application you can get for your Mac called MKVtools. You can use it to change the MKV video file to an mp4 file. Simples :-)
But if the other methods are working for you don't bother with this method.

My comment was just a general note about MKV files aimed at other readers not you specifically.

Duncan.