Archive for September, 2010

FCP “Additional Easy Setups”

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

I was initially unable to find some required Easy Setups in FCP.  Eventually I did locate them in the menu, it was just that they didn’t appear by default – I had to select the right (from FCP’s point of view) frame rate or something (I forget now).

  • But before I discovered that, I googled lots, coming up with the following conclusions, which I am no longer sure about – whether they still apply or are obsolete.  Maybe informative somehow anyway, so I’ll post it for posterity at least…

In Final Cut Pro menu: [Final Cut Pro > Easy Setup], if select Format [Apple ProRes 422] then Use only offers 720p50 ???.  However, further options do exist, they are just hidden away as “Additional Easy Setups”.   (Huh?  I thought Apple philosophy was to make things easy???).  For example there is the additional setup that I need, namely [Apple ProRes 422 1920×1080 25p 48 kHz.fcpre].  The fix for this is:

  • The Format/Use combinations are stored as [.fcpre] files.
  • The main folder for [.fcpre] files is [Macintosh HD>Library>Application Support>Final Cut Pro System Support>Custom Settings].
    • That’s the only place (to my knowledge) that FCP looks.
  • Additional [.fcpre] files are to be found in [Macintosh HD>Applications>Final Cut Pro Additional Easy Setups>English].
  • Manually copy required files from the latter to the former.


AviSynth usage in Adobe Premiere

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

  •  We provide and maintain PremiereAVSPlugin – a plugin for Adobe Premiere that allows Avisynth scripts to be imported as normal video files

Getting AVCHD into AviSynth

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
  • Google: [avchd avisynth]
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      • My very own question, asked 15 Feb 2009, no replies since then.
      • Stated tha:
        • AviSynth via DgIndex etc. (as used by me) could read MXF files as far as their video was concerned, but not the audio.
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      • Avisynth acts as a conduit for the mts files (you import as simple script into premiere).
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      • *You’ll also need an AVCHD directshow codec installed. If you don’t have one, you can use the latest QTalternative
      • * You’ll also need to install Haali Media Splitter.
      • DirectShowSource(“myclip.MTS”) #use the name of the clip
      • DirectShow needs an MTS file reader/splitter to open MTS files. That’s what Haali Media Splitter is for.
      • There’s also the option of DGavcdecNV, which (if you have an Nvidia card) will use the GPU on the video card for decoding the AVCHD file. (See also
      • … links to two DirectShow AVC decoders: CoreAVC Proffdshow.
      • Deeper advice
        • When using DirectShowSource() AviSynth is asking Windows’ DirectShow subsystem to do all the file parsing, stream splitting, and audio/video decompression. If you can open your M2TS (or whatever) file with Windows Media Player then you have everything necessary for DirectShowSource() to work. If WMP will not play the file then you need to find and install the appropriate file reader, file splitter, and/or codecs.
        • (If) you are getting sound but no picture you probably just need a DirectShow decoder for the video. ffdshow includes MPEG 2 and h.264 decoders.
        • If you can’t get DirectShowSource() working you should try DgMpgDec (MPEG 2) or DgAvcDec (h.264). Run DgIndex or DgAvcIndex, and then use Mpeg2Source() or AvcSource() in the Avisynth script.
          • Sadly, at this time of writing (2010-09-01), it seems that DgAvcDec has been abandoned (due to uncomfortable “ride” along the licensed software approval process, with respect to used libraries ).
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    • As DGAVCDec is withdrawn, this thread is now closed
      • Indeed I was unable to download it.  Also it was still in a state of development and testing, as far as I could see.   Shame.