Flip Camera Footage to Final Cut Pro

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PREPARING FLIP ULTRA HD CAMERA FILES FOR FINAL CUT PRO

Copying files from Flip Camera

1.       Copy Flip Ultra HD Movie Files to a folder on an external drive or desktop folder

2.       Create a new project folder on your external drive or desktop. Name it (i.e. JDoeVideo).

3.       Plug in the Flip Ultra HD via USB flip out connection

4.       Open the folder called DCIM

5.       Drag and drop  the folder called “100VIDEO” to your video project folder (“JDoeVideo”)

6.       Once the files have copied over, eject the Flip Ultra HD and put away

Using MPEG Streamclip

Trimming Clips in MPEG Streamclip (if you want to shorten a clip before exporting, or make simple edits within a clip, you can use this process – otherwise skip to step 3)

1.       Open MPEG Streamclip

2.       From the top menu, click File> Open Files> Select one of your files from the folder you created on your drive (or the desktop).

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3.      To “Trim” a file, move the play head to your “in” point (the place you would like your clip to start) then go to the top menu and click Edit > Select In

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4.       Move your play head to your “out” point (the place you would like your clip to end) then go to the top menu and click Edit > Select Out

5.       Go to top menu a click Edit> Trim.  Your file should now be a shorter clip. 

6.       You can do a similar process with the “Cut” option, if you want to cut within a clip. The result will be cutting between the “in” and “out” selection. Skip to “d” on step 3.

Converting files for Final Cut Pro

1.      Converting Files from .Mp4 (native Flip file) to Quicktime Apple Intermediate Codec (for editing in Final Cut Pro)

2.      Create a sub folder  within your video project folder titled “WorkingVideoFiles”

3.      Open MPEG Streamclip

4.      From the top menu, click File> Open Files> Select one of your files from your project folder (JDoeVideo). File will open in the main viewer window.

5.      From the top menu click File> Export to Quicktime

6.      Set movie exporter settings as follows:

Compression: Apple Intermediate Codec

Quality 50% or 100% (50% will convert faster)

Frame Size: 1280x720 (unscaled)

 

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7.      Click Make Movie to save file to your “WorkingVideoFiles” folder on your external drive.

 

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