Media Management and Project Interchange

Working with mixed formats in a sequence can present unique media management challenges. The following section describes limitations in the following areas when working with mixed-format sequences:

Using the Media Manager with Mixed-Format Sequences

When you process media associated with a mixed-format sequence, keep in mind that Final Cut Pro bases most of its functions on the frame rate of the sequence, not the media file. If you are simply using the Media Manager to copy or move a sequence and its associated media, your media is merely duplicated. However, if you choose options such as Delete Unused Media or Recompress, you should check your results to make sure nonmatching image dimensions, frame rates, and codecs did not cause unexpected results. Processing mixed-format sequence clips with speed changes through the Media Manager may also cause unexpected results.

Exporting an EDL from a Mixed-Format Sequence

All clips in an exported EDL are assumed to have the same frame rate as the sequence. When you export an EDL from a mixed-format sequence, source timecode In and Out points are shown at the sequence frame rate, not the source timecode rate. As a result, you may not be able to use an EDL exported from a mixed-format sequence for recapturing footage.

Working with Cinema Tools and Mixed-Format Sequences

Mixed-format sequences are not recommended for use with Cinema Tools. Mixed-format sequence playback does not perform 3:2 pull-down removal, deinterlacing, or accurate timecode or keycode tracking of your clips. If you are editing film-based media in Final Cut Pro, you should use any of the suggested workflows described in the Cinema Tools User Manual, avialable in Cinema Tools Help.