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I'm trying to use my Samsung HMX-H100N digital camcorder, and I'm having difficulty with the files.

When recording in 1080i/60, the video is badly interlaced (yes, I know it's an interlaced format, but it's painful to watch and it isn't on the camera), and video recorded in 720p/60 is displayed in a much wider format than the 16:9 it was recorded in.

If I open these files in VLC media player, they both look fine and play back smoothly. The issue seems to be Quicktime, and, unfortunately, Final Cut.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what I can do, short of transcoding these files to another intermediate format, to get these files to display properly in QuickTime/Final Cut?

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You can use ClipWrap ($50) to rewrap your AVCHD videos to a Quicktime/Final Cut compatible format.

Then, deinterlace your videos using JES Deinterlacer and export them preserving full quality (huge files though).

So the workflow is the following:

  • Add videos to ClipWrap, select as output the "Rewrap (don't alter video samples)" option and save them to a new location.
  • Open JES Deinterlacer and drop all videos to input's "hot-box"
  • Select Project properties:

    • For 1080p30 go to Project > Deinterlace > Top Field, Adaptive, Local
    • For 720p60 go to Project > Standards conversion > 1280x720 60p
  • Finally, go to Output > Export > QuickTime Movie

    • Settings > Compression Type > Apple ProRes 422 (LT)
    • and export the video!

So, your videos will be ready to import them to Final Cut.

I hope that helped!

Edit:

If you want to transcode the video files, just for viewing them in Quicktime, then you would have to select H.264 when exporting from JES Deinterlacer, than the Apple ProRes which is suitable for editing.

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Sounds interesting, though I have to say for the amount of money that I paid for FC, I was hoping to avoid having to purchase another program (not to mention wishing to avoid having two additional programs in the process of just importing digital video). Once I have a chance to test, I'll give this a shot and see if it corrects the issue and I'll accept if I can't get a better solution. Thanks! –  Adam Robinson Apr 19 '11 at 15:48
    
@adam-robinson In that case you can use Log & Transfer to import from your camera, directly to Final Cut. Then you have to deinterlace the video, using Final Cut's deinterlace filter, or a 3rd party plugin. –  nuc Apr 19 '11 at 15:56
    
@adam-robinson ..but in that case, the videos can only be imported from your camcorder. I mean that Log & Transfer does not supports imports from internal folders (in case you've copied the files) –  nuc Apr 19 '11 at 15:59
    
@Nuc (Just FYI, replacing spaces with hyphens in responses will prevent the user from getting a notification of your message) I've tried that, but FC doesn't recognize my camera as a capture source. I'm not sure the device implements the camera profile, just the removable storage profile. –  Adam Robinson Apr 19 '11 at 17:05
    
@AdamRobinson Thank you for pointing this out :) - If Log & Transfer does not work, then unfortunately you'll have to rely to a third-party tool to transcode the videos, prior importing them to final cut. –  nuc Apr 20 '11 at 13:28
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