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I'm having some problems importing files into FCE. I record footage from my television using an HD-PVR video device and then export that file in an H.264 format. The file then shows as an M-PEG 4 movie with codecs as H.264, AAC. I then try and import the file into FCE and I get an error message that says "1 files recognized, 0 access denied, 1 unknown". Please help!
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Yeah, importing / editing H.264 files in FCE can be interesting.

I'd suggest getting mpegstreamclip and convert the mp4 into an Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) .mov - from there, you should be able to take that file and import it into the project without problems.

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Yeah I just got this little program today, I thought it might help. But I was waiting for the proper guidance as to how to use it. I'm guessing I would choose the "Export using Quicktime" option and then in the compression list I would choose Apple Intermediate Codec? Are there any additional settings that I should look at?
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I don't have to transcode too much into AIC, but when I do usually I just set:

Export to Quicktime
Compression: Apple Intermediate Codec
Quality: 100% (this may even be irrelevant for AIC, I'm not sure)
Frame size: unscaled
Frame rate: either blank or the frame rate of the source material - sometimes you have to put in the frame rate as it may "guess" wrong - easy to spot after conversion as audio goes out of sync and/or playback just doesn't look right
Interlaced Scaling: depends on source, if progressive uncheck.
Sound: uncompressed, stereo, auto

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and you should be good to go.

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Thank you sir! Everything is working smoothly and I'm off to editing my footage! The encode took about 20 minutes but thats no big deal I guess. Now I can start editing my clips and stuff like that! Thank you for the advice.
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