Post-Production : DPX files to import into a FCP 10 Workflow. by Judson Vaughan

Judson Vaughan

DPX files to import into a FCP 10 Workflow.

Hi guys, We've had some VFX work digital compositing etc, done on our film. We need to get convert dpx files to get it back into Final Cut Pro.. which conversion works best to get it back in the timeline? Uncompressed quicktime or 4444, or something else? We supplied DPX's as preferred by the artist workflow.. How can we get this as a workable, correctly timed and like for like resolution back into Final Cut Pro 10? We've tried Jpeg .mov - this worked.. however I think not entirely desirable because of resolution.. We've tried PNG's but the timing is very strange to work with as you receive them back in still frames, which we then have to compound clip.. having trouble with this format.. Should insist on Quicktime uncompressed - if so, what file is that? Or is that just it? Or should I ask for 4444's? Please advise, thanks and really appreciate any suggestions. We're running out of time. Thanks a million!

Omar Brown

That would depend if the compositing information started out as 4444. If your footage was ProRes 422HQ to start, try ProRes 422HQ on return. Was your starting assets captured at the 4444 color sampling? If so, 4444 should be your return. A project starting in 422 and rendering out to 444 doesn't make the footage look any better but just use a great deal more space. I hope this answers your question. Regards, Omar

Omar Brown

One more thing. If the project was captured through a HDMI , then your color sampling will be 422. Ask the client if the HDMI output was clean at 8bit or 10bit. Then that would be your answer for using DPX files on returns.

Judson Vaughan

Hi Omar, thanks a lot for your invaluable input mate. I've just messaged you too.

Judson Vaughan

Hi Alle, thanks for the reply. I did ask for it back in the same format supplied, but we couldn't seem to convert them into a workable workflow in FCP. However we seem to have sorted it hopefully! Thanks again Alle.

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