Orpheus's picture
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Joined: 03/13/2010 - 8:05pm


Hello all,

First, let me thank you in advance for the advice. I know someone on here has the answer!

My friend filmed some things for a video I am putting together. It is from a Sony NexVG20. I bring in the video files, and drag them to the "new composition" button. The files are 1440x1080 (1.33333) 29.97fps in the project panel.

valleyboy's picture
Last seen: 3 years 10 months ago
Joined: 11/29/2011 - 5:20am


OK, I lied. The real question is, is there some way to use the Canon MXF format (from a Canon XF100) to work with iMovie 11. I don't think I need FCP, as I am doing a simple documentary, with single camera, mostly interviews, nothing fancy at all.

The Canon website lists FCP compatibility, but that adds another 10%+ at least to the price of the camera, plus a whole new learning curve (i.e. massive time sink) I'd rather not go through.

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Joined: 11/09/2011 - 8:24am


Quick survey.... When you import audio into a video project, what format(s) do you prefer?

Typical project: eg. wedding video, corporate presentation, etc.
Audio content: eg. music, voice, sound FX, etc.
File type: eg. WAV / AIF / MP3, etc.
Sample rate: eg. 44.1khz, 48khz, etc.
Channels: eg. Mono / Stereo / Surround, etc.
Resolution: eg. 8-bit, 16-bit, etc.

Obviously, this varies hugely from project to project. So, consider the question for the most regular type of video work you do - a 'typical' project.

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Joined: 09/11/2011 - 1:58pm


 I'm planning on producing a fishing show to air in the spring of 2013. I'm planning on filming the spring and summer of 2012. I'll be doing all my research and homework to make this happen between now and next spring. The first thing I'm doing is looking into what video camera to get. That probably has some to do with what video format do most of the networks/cable stations prefer?

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Joined: 06/19/2009 - 5:44pm


Im editing a video for a local school's band, and am now in the process of doing interviews with some of its members. I am shooting using a Panasonic AGHMC170 in 1440x1080 HD, then downconverting to 720x480 NTSC DV Widescreen as the rest of the footage is this way. However, NTSC DV Wide takes up too much space, and the interviews are about 20 mins.

What high-quality format can I use that's smaller but will still prove easy to edit?I was thinking maybe MPEG2 DVD, or some sort of MP4? Thanks!

PJ McConnell's picture
Last seen: 6 months 4 weeks ago
Joined: 11/12/2010 - 2:19pm


I have been creating videos for Youtube ever since I was in 6th grade and back then the format requirements were pretty simple. Only 5-10 formats were accepted and the file had to be under 100mb long and under 10 minutes long. Since then Youtube has slowly upgraded and expanded on the possibility of formats and sizes it accepts. Throughout time certain formats were considered the best way to upload, for a long time it was .mp4 and .flv since Youtube would have to transcode the video the least amount to make it playable on the players.


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