Native AVC-Intra Editing Workflow

You can ingest Panasonic AVC-Intra media natively using the Log and Transfer window (without transcoding) and edit with real-time effects in the Timeline.

Before ingesting the AVC-Intra files, you must configure the Log and Transfer window preferences. For more information, see Stage 1: Choosing the P2 AVC-Intra Plug-in for Transfer.

After ingesting your footage, you can create your sequence settings by dragging an AVC-Intra clip into a new, empty sequence. Final Cut Pro automatically conforms the sequence compression setting to the Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) codec, which is the appropriate rendering format for AVC-Intra footage. After you ingest your AVC-Intra footage and convert it to QuickTime files, you cannot render your footage back to native AVC-Intra footage because the AVC-Intra codec does not support encoding.

Figure. Diagram showing the four stages of the native workflow: shooting, ingesting, editing the native AVC-Intra media in an Apple ProRes sequence, and finishing.

You edit the resulting AVC-Intra QuickTime files just as you would edit DV or uncompressed video. You should set your sequence settings to Unlimited RT to facilitate editing AVC-Intra footage.

The native AVC-Intra workflow follows the standard process for ingesting file-based media using the Log and Transfer window.

Stage 1: Choosing the P2 AVC-Intra Plug-in for Transfer

To ingest the AVC-Intra files, you open the Log and Transfer window and choose the P2 AVC-Intra Log and Transfer plug-in.

To choose the P2 AVC-Intra Log and Transfer plug-in in the Log and Transfer window
  1. Mount the volumes that contain your AVC-Intra media.

  2. Open the Log and Transfer window, then choose Preferences from the Action pop-up menu (with a gear icon) in the upper-right corner of the Browse area.

  3. In the Import Preferences dialog, select P2 AVC-Intra in the Source Format column.

  4. Choose Native from the pop-up menu in the Target Format column corresponding to the P2 AVC-Intra item.

  5. Click OK.

For more information about using the Log and Transfer window, see “Overview of Transferring File-Based Media” and “About the Log and Transfer Window” in the Final Cut Pro 7 User Manual.

Stage 2: Transferring Native AVC-Intra Footage

You can transfer AVC-Intra footage to your scratch disk using the Log and Transfer window in Final Cut Pro. For more information about using the Log and Transfer window, see “Overview of Transferring File-Based Media” and “About the Log and Transfer Window” in the Final Cut Pro 7 User Manual.

Important: Although it is possible to copy AVC-Intra files directly to your scratch disk, Final Cut Pro won’t recognize these files. You must use the Log and Transfer window to transfer the AVC-Intra footage.

Stage 3: Editing AVC-Intra Video

To edit AVC-Intra video, have Final Cut Pro automatically configure the sequence settings to the Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) codec and use Unlimited RT in the Timeline for maximum responsiveness.

To change a new sequence to support AVC-Intra media
  1. If you haven’t already done so, ingest a native AVC-Intra media clip into a Final Cut Pro project. (See Stage 2: Transferring Native AVC-Intra Footage.)

  2. Create a new sequence and open it.

  3. Drag the AVC-Intra clip into the Timeline.

  4. When the resulting dialog asks if you want to change the sequence settings to match the clip settings, click Yes.

    Final Cut Pro automatically configures the sequence to Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), the most appropriate setting.

Note: Do not change the compressor setting to AVC-Intra, because encoding functionality is not supported by the AVC-Intra codec.