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Exporting clips from Final Cut Express 4 to Visionlab

Posted: Thu, 24th Feb 2011, 2:48pm

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I'm trying to figure out how to export each scene/clip from my film directly from final cut express 4 to visionlab without having to convert my video then put it through visionlab therefore losing quality. is there a way to do that cuz the export command won't let me select visionlab studios when i try to export it???
Posted: Thu, 24th Feb 2011, 4:25pm

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You have to export to a new video file, then rencder from VisionLab to add the effect, you can't avoid re-rendering the footage twice for this process. However, you can avoid quality loss, by using a lossless codec, such as Uncompressed, or the Quicktime Animation codec.
Posted: Thu, 24th Feb 2011, 4:41pm

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Axeman wrote:

You have to export to a new video file, then rencder from VisionLab to add the effect, you can't avoid re-rendering the footage twice for this process. However, you can avoid quality loss, by using a lossless codec, such as Uncompressed, or the Quicktime Animation codec.
what is that exactly?
Posted: Thu, 24th Feb 2011, 5:22pm

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What is what? I use this process quite a bit, so I'm sure I can explain if I know what exactly you are wondering about.
Posted: Thu, 24th Feb 2011, 6:12pm

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what is lossless codec or quicktime animation codec?
Posted: Fri, 25th Feb 2011, 12:18am

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A lossless codec is a codec which does not degrade the quality of the footage, because it does not throw out color data which cannot be retrieved later. So it is able to reduce file sizes somewhat, but without reducing the quality of the footage. The trade-off is that the files will still be much larger than if you use a lossy codec, like H.264 or something, but not quite as large as uncompressed footage.

The Animation codec is a popular lossless codec available in the Quicktime format. When exporting your footage from FCE, use the "Export using Quicktime" option, and select Animation as the codec, just as you would select any other codec. You can adjust he quality as needed, but generally you'll want to keep it all the way up, for maximum quality. The color depth can be set to "Millions".