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Can FCP output raw uncompressed DV?

Jan 2, 2008
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Can FCP output raw uncompressed DV video from an edited project to a tape deck? If not, what is the next closest uncompressed format? The purpose is to get my final edited sequence inserted into an Avid editing system as part of a larger documentary.

Paul Klusman
Jun 25, 2005
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2011 MBP, i7, 16GB RAM, MBP 2.16Ghz Core Duo, 2GB ram, Dual 867Mhz MDD, 1.75GB ram, ATI 9800 Pro vid
I'm no expert, but from what I could find out, DV video on tape (DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50) always has some kind of compression applied.

I am wondering how FCP recognizes the tape export codec when you do File --> Edit to Tape...? That might be some detail to look into.

I suspect your uncompressed options will not involve tape but instead creating a file on a hard drive. You'll need to find out what file formats the Avid system can import, and if it needs a PC formatted drive or can it handle a Mac formatted drive.

Here are the file ideas. Under FCP --> File --> Export you could use Compressor options or QuickTime options:

Using Compressor.. --> Advanced Format Conversions --> 8-bit Uncompressed NTSC.

Using QuickTime Conversion... --> QuickTime Movie --> Settings --> Compressor Type: Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2.​

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