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Fanediting with a Mac. Is it really possible?
(06-19-2020, 06:43 PM)Silver Screen Samurai Wrote: The only difficulty I've encountered is if you choose to edit on Davinci Resolve;

It's quickly become a more accepted software in the professional industry than Final Cut Pro, for various reasons, so I know certain editors want to edit on there to give their edit access to a greater degree of professional tools. The only problem is Davinci doesn't accept MP4 files, because they're compressed, so to edit on there you have to have a MOV file.

Anybody know of any easily accessible tools that can convert MKV to MOV on a Mac? I've yet to have any luck.

That's weird, it says it supports mp4 with h.264 on their official site. Has it not accepted any you've tried or just one specifically? Are you sure it's not the opposite problem, the file is too big maybe, in which case you'd need to create a smaller proxy file?

Regardless I'd suggest trying tsmuxer to get the m2ts file from your mkv, it's the direct video stream without reencoding it, and Resolve also says it accepts that. It is also compressed but you won't add compression to it. I assume to get your mp4 you're either repackaging the streams in your mkv file with an mp4 container (no reencoding) or using a program like Handbrake (reencoding, which likely means inherent quality loss). Definitely avoid the latter if you intend to edit the resulting file.

The more correct way to do this is follow what Captain Khajit says as closely as possible, the dude's a guru with file prep. His suggestion on this thread appears to result in a ProRes file with an mov container, and it sounds like that's exactly what you're asking for anyway.

Sorry if any of this seems nosey, just trying to get enough info to help troubleshoot.
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I fought for what seemed like forever finding the best video converter. I can’t tell you how many times I found one that seemed perfect only for it to have some ridiculous flaw. I went through three separate converters that would only convert to 24fps and not 23.98 which left my audio out of sync. I could retime the audio but I’m a giant weirdo and would constantly think it wasn’t “just right.” Spent a lot of time with my face two inches from my screen looking at mouths.

The one that I’ve finally had a ton of luck with is Tipard Video Converter Ultimate for Mac. It is $50 so that’s a bummer but it’s been a great tool for me.
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I also use a Mac, and the converter I stick to not only for videos but for music too is Smart Converter, the one with the round, light blue logo with the Play button at its center. It is free and works wonders, and has minimal quality loss. It can be a bit slow depending on what you’re converting but it is worth it.
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(06-19-2020, 08:14 PM)addiesin Wrote:
(06-19-2020, 06:43 PM)Silver Screen Samurai Wrote: That's weird, it says it supports mp4 with h.264 on their official site.
In regards to this specific part of your reply, I think what they mean is that they support EXPORTING as an mp4 file, not IMPORTING. This is because it's also a very common software for YouTube editors, and that file format usually uploads the best with YouTube's compression. So Davinci will EXPORT a lot of different file types, it is just very limited on what it will IMPORT.

And THANK YOU for the additional feedback, by the way, it was quite helpful.
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Unfortunately Wine doesn't work on Mac os 10.15.  Hopefully it will in the future.

Silver Screen Samuri- I tried Resolve a few months ago but it crashed frequently on me. I figure if I'm going to use Resolve I might as well stick with my windows pc anyhow. I have both right now but I'm thinking of switching my main desktop out for a mac. That's why I was wondering.

Ryantology - I may have to take you up on that. Smile

Captain Khajiit - Thank you for the reminder on ffmpeg. Forgot about that one. I never learned ffmpeg command line. Guess I might have to. Smile

Thanks for the help and replies guys, it's greatly appreciated.
This is still how I do it: https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Lazy-G...7/id/17252
I know I've made some very poor decisions recently.
Pavtube also doesn't work on macos 10.15  This is rather frustrating. I'll see if I can learn how to use ffmpeg, if not I'll probably just stick with my windows pc. This kind of stuff seems so much easier on windows. I really wanted to try out FCP but I'm not sure it's worth all this hassle.
Oh, well that sucks. I don’t know if I’ll ever do any more fan editing once I someday upgrade from Sierra and say goodbye to FCP7. It’s certainly been fun, though.
I know I've made some very poor decisions recently.
(06-27-2020, 09:55 PM)Hal9000 Wrote: Oh, well that sucks. I don’t know if I’ll ever do any more fan editing once I someday upgrade from Sierra and say goodbye to FCP7. It’s certainly been fun, though.

HAL, NOOOOOO!!! You're one of the best editors on this site, don't give up!
OS-15 still supports professional softwares like Davinci Resolve 16, and that's one of the best softwares out there!

If anybody can make it work, I definitely believe it's you!
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