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Posted: Wed, 13th May 2009, 9:48am

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Rudgey

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Hi, Just got the latest version of CompositeLab Pro Ver 1.5

I’m a bit confused as to what order I do things?

I am using HD footage (talking head) I have filmed in front of a green screen in AVCHD format on my Sony camcorder. I’m still using iMovie 08 on a new power-mac.(Still learning Final Cut)

What order should I do things, ie: send footage off camera into a file (AVCHD) then into CompositeLab Pro? or into imovie 1st then edit and export out as .mov into CompositeLab Pro?

What is the easiest way, it is essential I do not loose quality in the process.

Sorry if this is a bit basic for you smart guys, but I cannot see it referenced anywhere.

Regards
Ian
Posted: Wed, 13th May 2009, 6:59pm

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BST1Productions

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What I do is take it off my camera then put it into Composite Lab Pro, edit it, then export it out. Then I put it my nle video editor, (imovie for you). Hope that helps!
Posted: Wed, 13th May 2009, 7:31pm

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Rudgey

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Thanks, that is what I was hoping to do, unfortunately it will not except AVCHD files from my Sony hard drive camera? well I don't think so.
I cannot find a list on the FX website that tells you the supported files you can import?
Regards
Ian
Posted: Wed, 13th May 2009, 7:46pm

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Axeman

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The list is found here, on the tech specs page for each product. The movie files have to be in either .mov or .avi format.

This is the most common progression of events, though some people will vary from this according to their personal preference.

1: Capture your footage to your editor (iMovie in your case).

2. Put together a rough edit of the project, so you can determine which clips will be used, and thus which ones will need effects or compositing work.

3. Export all the elements of your first composite to .mov files. .Avi will work as well, but since you are using iMovie, .mov is what you want.

4. Import all those pieces into CompositeLab and put them together.

5. Render out of CompositeLab to a .mov file.

6. Import that rendered file back into iMovie, and put it in place of the original clip in the rough edit.

7. Repeat steps 3-6 for each of the other scenes requiring compositing.

You might also find some helpful information in the Support section, particularly in these text tutorials.
Posted: Wed, 13th May 2009, 7:53pm

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Rudgey

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Thats a great help Axeman, thanks,
Q. Going back and forth each time saving as a .mov file in each program, will this not reduce the quality of the footage?
Posted: Wed, 13th May 2009, 7:56pm

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Axeman

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It can, yes, depending on the codec you use. Uncompressed will prevent any quality loss, but the files are huge-normous. The Quicktime Animation codec is a good option for reducing size but not quality. Its lossless, which means quality isn't reduced, but you do save some disk space over uncompressed. When getting into video production though, it is of course critical to have huge amounts of storage space.
Posted: Wed, 13th May 2009, 8:07pm

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Rudgey

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I see, so if I save as uncompressed as 10 or 8 bit?

I'm OK for storage at the moment with about 2 TB free on my power Mac, but will keep an eye on it.

Can I export out of FX Comp in uncompressed format?
Posted: Wed, 13th May 2009, 8:30pm

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Axeman

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I'm pretty sure you need to stay 8 bit for CompositeLab. But yes, you can export from CompositeLab to uncompressed as well.
Posted: Wed, 13th May 2009, 8:41pm

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Rudgey

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Well thanks for your great support. I can see now why you picked up the FX Awards for Best Support, well done! Top man. biggrin