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Update:10-11Source: network consolidation
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I have been unsuccessful with importing AVCHD footage into FCP7.  I've been trying to use the Log and Transfer as directed, but no luck.  I can down-convert the footage w/ Toast beforehand if necessary, but what settings should I use to make it FCP7-friendly.  Also, if my final output is to an SD DVD, what settings for shooting and importing should I use?
Thank you.

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First off, FCP will only import from supported tapeless media if the full card structure is intact. Meaning you make a folder on your backup drive, name it something (with no odd characters in it like [email protected]#$%^&*()... And then point Log and Transfer to THAT folder...don't go digging.  Full workflow tutorial here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhDnyWFAM10
Second...if you shot 1080p60, FCP will not import it via log and transfer. That's not a supported format in FCP...mainly because it is non-standard...there is no distribution method for it. BluRay doesn't do 1080p60, nor does broadcast...and DVDs are 30fps and standard def.
Third, there is no "AVCHD Standard," meaning that several companies will take the AVCHD base code, and change it to suit their needs. So FCP will support some AVCHD, but not others. Since it was discontinued 3 years ago, anything newer than that won't work...as all support stopped 3 years ago. Actually, the last update to FCP was 3.5 years ago...almost 4. So any camera made after that would have issues.
If you can't use FCP to import, then you need to use a third party converter, like ClipWrap2. And convert the footage to ProRes 422.
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