Many photographers are very interested in the Panasonic AG-HPX300 but they have the same confusion how does AVC-Intra work with Final Cut Pro as well as some other problems as list below.
1. Can you use AVC Intra in the normal open timeline in FCP?
2. How does FCP ingest AVC Intra? Is it still through Log and Transfer and do you need some special plug-in?
3. Is the AVC Intra 100 the same bandwidth and DVC Pro HD at 1080?
1. No, FCP 6/7 does not currently support AVC-Intra native timelines, so all such source footage will still have to be re-rendered within the timeline. The upside with AVC-Intra native editing is that AVC-Intra clips are re-packaged into Quicktimes within the project capture scratch folder thereby creatinga new master copy of the files. AVC-Intra is listed as one of the many supported formats of FCPX, but there are still many importing and editing issues unresolved.
2. Yes, to ingest the AVC-Intra files, you open the Log and Transfer window and choose the P2 AVC-Intra Log and Transfer plug-in for your FCP. For latest FCP X, insert card, open FCPX window appears with clips added from card volume. However, as far as we know, the FCP X still cannot support all the AVC-Intra frame rates well.
3. They are both 100 mbits per second if that’s what you mean. DVC PRO HD is 8 bit and AVC-I is 10 bit but the codec is more efficient so there is more information stored in the same size file. About 1G per minute for both.
From above, one item we can conclude that AVC-Intra and Final Cut Pro 6/7/X are not compatible fully. Although, Apple has tried their best to make FCP ingest the AVC-Intra P2 files effortlessly, it need a long time for rendering and some other problems still exist. Plus, the Panasonic’s 10-bit AVC-Intra codecs are very demanding on your computer’s processor. So, to avoid these problems, the most effective solution is to transcode P2 AVC-Intra to ProRes on your Mac.
When you get this smart Mac P2 AVC-Intra MXF Converter, all the problems can be ironed out immediately. It helps you convert P2 AVC-Intra 50/AVC-Intra 100 MXF to Apple ProRes 422(HQ), the appropriate format for AVC-Intra footages. Now, get the brief instruction.
Step 1: Download and install the top P2 AVC-Intra MXF to FCP Converter and load your Panasonic AG-HPX300 P2 MXF recordings to it for transcoding.
Step 2: Click on the “Format”> Final Cut Pro > Apple PreRes 422(HQ). Off course, Apple PreRes 422, Apple ProRes 422(LT) are also the proper format.
Note: FCP cannot support 60p/50p files, you’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps via tapping the Settings icon.
Step 3: Click “Convert” button to start to convert Panasonic P2 AVC-Intra MXF to ProRes 422 on Mac OS X(Mountain Lion included).
Once finished, you can click “Open” button to get the produced Apple ProRes 422 files. Now, just import AG-HPX300 P2 MXF to FCP and start the easy editing.
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