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Postby Anju_ » Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:22 pm

So I finished my AMV in July 2010, but I have been having the issue of exporting it into the correct format for the contest that I want to enter it in. First let me tell you the details:

I am a Mac User
I am using Final Cut Pro

These are the correct format it needs to be in:

Your video must be encoded in one of the following formats: Uncompressed (only if you have to), Lagarith, HuffYUV, MPEG2, (H.264) MP4. No Quicktime, no RealPlayer, no WMV, no exceptions.
Resolution must be 640x480 or higher. We prefer 720x480 with correct PAR.
Audio should be PCM WAV (44.1kHz or higher), MP3 (192kbps or higher), or for MPEG2 video, Layer 2 audio (224kbps or higher)

But I have tried repeatedly, but to no avail. It comes out either to pixelated and looks really bad or it comes out fine(ish) but it is Interlaced.

Can anyone help me with what I am doing wrong, I'v tried searching online for help, but everything I read is for Windows, and that doesn't help me, or it is for iMovie...If you could help me out that would be great!!

If you need anymore details please tell me.

Thank you soooooo much!!

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My AMV :
Anime: Ouran High School Host Club
Genre: Romance
Subjects: The Hitachiin Twins
Music: Your Guardian Angel
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Re: Need Help

Postby Kariudo » Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:31 pm

Kionon should be able to help you out. Since this is about FCP I'll move it to the mac software forum
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Re: Need Help

Postby Athena » Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:47 pm

Thanks, Kariudo.

Okay...

Anju_ wrote:I am a Mac User. I am using Final Cut Pro.


Welcome, have you read my stickies?

Your video must be encoded in one of the following formats: Uncompressed (only if you have to), Lagarith, HuffYUV, MPEG2, (H.264) MP4. No Quicktime, no RealPlayer, no WMV, no exceptions.
Resolution must be 640x480 or higher. We prefer 720x480 with correct PAR.
Audio should be PCM WAV (44.1kHz or higher), MP3 (192kbps or higher), or for MPEG2 video, Layer 2 audio (224kbps or higher)


This is pretty normal for convention requirements.

But I have tried repeatedly, but to no avail. It comes out either to pixelated and looks really bad or it comes out fine(ish) but it is Interlaced.


First I need to know what you are doing now. Please walk me through your current export process. Screencaps are even better.

Can anyone help me with what I am doing wrong, I'v tried searching online for help, but everything I read is for Windows, and that doesn't help me, or it is for iMovie...If you could help me out that would be great!!


While I haven't written an FCE/FCP tutorial because of its limited usage, I know how to use it, as do quite a few other editors on the org. Once we know what you're doing wrong, we can help you export correctly.

I use Premiere myself, but I edit only with MacOS X. I almost never boot into windows via boot camp.
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Re: Need Help

Postby Anju_ » Tue Sep 07, 2010 10:55 am

I tried to read your stickies.

Here is my export process right now:

I’ll try to explain my process as clearly as I can.

Steps:

I go to:

File > Export > Compressor

Then once in Compressor it comes up with the little box thing.

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Then I go find the correct formats needed and I drag and drop into the box. Which I think these are correct…(shown in the picture above)

H.246 10.3Mbps

MP3 for Audio Podcasting


And then I hit Submit, and it goes through all the frames. And then saves to my desktop.

Thanks for helping me out.
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Re: Need Help

Postby Athena » Tue Sep 07, 2010 8:26 pm

What are your options besides Compressor (which I recommend against)?

If you can export "to Quicktime Movie" do that.
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Re: Need Help

Postby Anju_ » Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:08 pm

What are your options besides Compressor (which I recommend against)?

If you can export "to Quicktime Movie" do that.


I do have that option, but I thought I wasn't allowed to use that, because the format said no Quicktime.
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Re: Need Help

Postby Anju_ » Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:13 pm

sorry to double post, but it wouldn't let me edit.

I also have for export option:

Quicktime Conversion.
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Re: Need Help

Postby Athena » Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:35 am

Quicktime means .MOV, which is a container, one you won't keep it in. This doesn't, however, mean you can't export out in .MOV in an appropriate codec (or no codec), and then convert it into a codec/container combination the convention will accept.

My suggestion would be export uncompressed in .MOV, use MPEGStreamClip to move it into AVI and then use with avidemux or crossover + virtualdub to encode into huffyuv. Voila. Convention compatible.
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Re: Need Help

Postby Anju_ » Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:13 pm

Alright thanks!

But one more question:

I got to avidemux, but how do I do that program?

Sorry for so many questions
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Re: Need Help

Postby gotenks794 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:30 pm

I would just use "Quicktime Conversion" to x264 and then rename it into .mp4 with MPEGStreamclip. But Kionon knows what he's saying more than I do... :P
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Re: Need Help

Postby Anju_ » Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:30 pm

Sorry again for double post,

but now it doesn't have sound in the avidemux program. Has this ever happened to you?
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Re: Need Help

Postby Athena » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:07 pm

gotenks794 wrote:I would just use "Quicktime Conversion" to x264 and then rename it into .mp4 with MPEGStreamclip. But Kionon knows what he's saying more than I do... :P


You wouldn't be just renaming it. .MOV and .MP4 are entirely different containers. What you do with MPEGstreamclip is take unaltered streams and create a new container for them. Merely renaming it to MP4 won't make it an MP4. It'll still be a MOV. Just an incorrectly named one.

Anju_ wrote:Sorry again for double post,

but now it doesn't have sound in the avidemux program. Has this ever happened to you?


Are you making sure you're exporting out audio as uncompressed as well? If you're exporting audio out in something that avidemux can't read, then you won't get sound. Alternately, you could export it out into something avidemux can read separately and add the stream to the video source in avidemux later.

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AND STOP WITH THE ILEIA AVATARS!!!

Do you know how hard it is to keep track of who is talking when avatars all look the same? :down:
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Re: Need Help

Postby Anju_ » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:16 pm

AND STOP WITH THE ILEIA AVATARS!!!


Sorry... :oops:

Are you making sure you're exporting out audio as uncompressed as well? If you're exporting audio out in something that avidemux can't read, then you won't get sound. Alternately, you could export it out into something avidemux can read separately and add the stream to the video source in avidemux later.


I did this the second time. But now when I open the file to avidemux it is just a green screen that shows up. I'm so confused, thank you for helping me. ^^
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Re: Need Help

Postby Athena » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:41 pm

Anju_ wrote:
AND STOP WITH THE ILEIA AVATARS!!!


Sorry... :oops:

Are you making sure you're exporting out audio as uncompressed as well? If you're exporting audio out in something that avidemux can't read, then you won't get sound. Alternately, you could export it out into something avidemux can read separately and add the stream to the video source in avidemux later.


I did this the second time. But now when I open the file to avidemux it is just a green screen that shows up. I'm so confused, thank you for helping me. ^^


But you were getting video before? Did you try adding the audio after the fact?
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Re: Need Help

Postby Anju_ » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:48 pm

But you were getting video before?


Yes

Did you try adding the audio after the fact?


No, because I do not know how to do that. Sorry :(
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