Convert Video For Use In Final Cut Pro, pt. 2

February 3rd, 2010 | Posted by david in Content | Software Tutorial | Tutorial

This is the second tutorial on using MPEG Streamclip to transcode video from one format to another.  The author, Nick Holmes, is a Level IV contributor at the Apple Discussions.

Welcome to round two of the MPEG Streamclip tutorial.

MPEG Streamclip will let you process several clips at once (batches). So you can set it up and walk away to do more useful things like wash the car, walk the dog or spend some quality time with the family.

I do a lot of projects about pro motorcycle racing. At first we tried bolting regular cameras onto a bike and chasing after the riders. Now these folks are all absolutely mad. Shooting around the track at incredible speeds is dangerous . We also discovered that the weight of the camera on our bike completely changed how it reacts when cornering. Hair raising stuff indeed.

Because we love our rider at least as much as our cameras, we invested in a bunch of those tiny little finger sized cams that record to solid state drives. We can tape those little guys anywhere for some really exciting and unusual shots.

We expect to have a few of them destroyed over the course of the season, so we had to find a way to save money. The recorders we got make AVI files and use the MPEG 4 codec. Not very FCP friendly, but that’s where MPEG Streamclip comes in.

Fire it up and click on List > Batch List, or press command and B:

The next window opens:

Now we need to give MPEG Streamclip some files to work with.
Either drag them in from the Finder or click the Add Files button:

After choosing the files, the next window pops up. Because the clips are going to be used in FCP, we want to Export to QuickTime. Check the Fix Timecode Breaks button here as well, then click OK:

We already know this window from part one of the tutorial:

The rest of my material is DV-PAL, so I choose that codec here:  In your case, remember to choose a codec that matches the local TV standard and your current Sequence setting as appropriate

Click on To Batch and up comes the next set of options. At the bottom of the window, we can choose how many clips are processed in parallel. Click on the button marked in blue below to choose between 1 to 4 clips, then on the Gobutton:

I chose to do 4 clips at once, so with a reasonably fast Mac it should not take long to process:

That’s all folks. Hope you find this tutorial useful.

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