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Perform HDV video production in FCP 5 and Adobe Creative Suite 6 on Mavericks

Perform HDV video production in FCP 5 and Adobe Creative Suite 6 on Mavericks

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Whether you’re working solo or collaborating with a team, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Suite gives you more creative options and technical control. However, both of them only import and edit its compatible video format, camera-native formats, there is still limitation in importing HDV video to FCP 5/Adobe Creative Suite 6. (HDV is a format for recording of high-definition video on DV cassette tape.)

convert hdv to fcp creative suite

Here is the situation from one of our customers:

I am currently my own company, Phonoptic Media. My hobby is music and hanging out at the beach and my career path has been nothing but broadcast and network television production. I’ve been doing this for over 30 years. Recently we got our cameras Sony Z1U (HDV), 3 Sony FX7 (HDV), 2 Contour ROAMs (AVCHD) and 1 Canon EOS 60D (AVCHD)and have these video sources: 2 of the HDV sources are captured on Focus Enhancements (now Vitec, i think) FireStore FS5 (v2) FireWire hard disk recording/DTE drive. (LOVE these things, but, alas, AVCHD is upon us) the other sources are in HDV format on miniDV tape.

I’m proud to say that one of my strongest suits is live performance video production. When producing live videos for bands, I usually take 6-7 cameras and a 24-track audio rig. And I still have an HDV system just for these projects at its WAY faster to load and go. Now I’m making these HDV video clips in FCP 5 in G5 system (might be getting 7 on there) and Adobe’s Creative Suite 6 in intel MacPro (because FCP X just sucks) to achieve whatever my clients want: spot, show, webisode, whatever. Also the material I’m allowed to keep a copy of is available for perusal on my YouTube channel and used on web, DVD, web-embedded, whatever is needed. I have also used USB thumb drives via laptop to projectors, so, you know, whatever is needed. Everybody wants theirs in a different format due the proprietary nature of the stations’ media servers. I speak codec fluently.

But here comes the question, I got caught in a tight spot when Apple’s Mavericks update broke the HDV codec I am dependent upon. I had purchased ClipWrap to simply re-wrap the M2t file in the QT container, which is generally a lot faster and doesn’t require translation, but it doesn’t work for some reason and I had clients coming in to edit in less than 18 hours from the time I discovered the broken codec.

Then quickly search for ways to get around this HDV-on-Intel caveat and best HDV converters. I found so many converting tools, for example MPEG StreamClip was one. Not bad, still my go-to blade (I like to think of Mac laptop as a little swiss army knife that have different blades to help me out of odd situations) for ripping DVD material for editing. However I glanced through the list quickly comparing capabilities, concentrating on HDV solutions, considering to get more native format for editing, I choose Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac, it’s what I need, and it works perfectly after testing. I like that its really fast and simple. Then I downloaded the trial and bought it. This is the project for which I purchased your software.

With Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac, people are able to convert personal video recordings (including HDV files) to best codec for editing in my FCP 5 and Adobe CS6 with easy manipulation and amazingly fast speed. Now follow the way to transcode your HDV video recording for editing in FCP 5 and Adobe Creative Suite 6 on Mavericks.

1.Download HDV Converter for Mac,  and import recorded HDV video files to the converter by clicking “Add Video” or “Add from folder”.

hdv to FCP 5 and Adobe Creative Suite 6

2. From Format list, “MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” or “MOV(AVC) (.mov)” from ” Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> ” as the best codec for editing HDV file in Adobe Creative Suite 6.

adobe cs6 supported format

For FCP 5 : Click and choose “Common Video -> MOV – QuikTime(*.mov)” as the output format.

For FCP 7 or FCP X: Click and choose “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422(*.mov)”. And FCP 6 only can support ProRes 422 and ProRes 422(HQ) codec.

fcp 5 supported format

3.You can click settings button to adjust output parameters, such as resolution, bitrate, etc. (Optional)

4.Click “Convert” button in the main interface to start converting HDV video recording to MPEG-2/MOV format.

This wonderful HDV Converter for Mac can convert any recorded HDV video files at a fast speed, video and audio synchronization are perfect guaranteed. OK! After converting, transfer the converted files for importing.

This time, you can easily getting HDV video footages to work with FCP 5 and Creative Suite 6 on Mavericks. Hope this tutorial helps!

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