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Aptmunich 07-12-2007 03:32 PM

Editing screencasts
So I'm currently working on some screencast videos for work and have started to play with Final Cut Express a bit.

I'm recording the on-screen action using Snapz Pro and I'm saving it using the Apple Animation codec. This seems to be fairly lossless...

But when I drag the resulting movie file to Final Cut for editing (primarily zooming and panning to different areas of the screen and inserting overlays), it all seems incredibly slow.

I only have a Macbook here at home - which is obviously not ideal - but I didn't think it would be this bad!

I'm recording an area roughly 1280x720 in size, so it's obviously a hi-res file, but it won't even play back the completely unedited raw footage smoothly.

Any ideas? I suspect it might be due to the codec I'm using. What would you guys suggest as an alternative if this is the case?

Über-respect to all the video professionals who can help!

bmcgonag 07-12-2007 05:12 PM

Try rendering the video once in FC, then try cutting it. Helped me quite a bit.

xstep 07-12-2007 06:00 PM

Agree with mbcgonag. I just confirmed this with FCP. Also, if you loose the render, then do it again, export the clip to something more friendly to to FC and re-import it.

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