• Dorothy
    Posts: 10
    Joined: May 7th, 2010
    Importing movies to Final Cut Express
    I'm working on an animated series using Anime Studio software to create each scene. When I export each scene to a Quicktime .mov file, the quality is crisp and perfect. I'm just having trouble figuring out how to maintain the quality when I use Final Cut Express to edit the complete project. In Anime Studio, I have my file settings on HDTV 1080p, Quicktime H264 at 24 frames best quality. Is there a way to maintain the quality of the movies in Final Cut Express? I like using FCE to synch up the Logic audio files to get a good audio quality (the animation software doesn't have great audio). Any help you can suggest would be greatly appreciated. I really want the project to look and sound perfect as I will be pitching my animated series to production companies. I have a MacBook Pro with OSX 10.6.8 Thanks so much. Dorothy
  • Jeff G
    Posts: 4
    Joined: Jul 31st, 2009
    Re: Importing movies to Final Cut Express
    Dorothy, FCE only edits in AIC - Apple Intermediate Compression (for HD) and DV. All of your material will take a hit in quality. Additionally, you shouldn't transcode to h.264 - but rather use the Animation codec (huge files, zero lossage). h.264 is meant for distribution. As far as perfect? You'll have to end up with something else - either FCP 7 (really similar), FCPX (really different), Avid Media Composer or Premiere Pro.
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