Conforming Video

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[This article was first published in the September, 2010, issue of
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Susan Utell asks:

When I render a green timeline I am getting a message box that says “conforming mpeg-2 video”. I haven’t seen this before.


The project was brought in as XDCAM 422 1080i 60.


Should I be concerned?

Larry replies: No. And thanks for asking!

Formats like HDV and XDCAM are compressed using MPEG-2 which is very hard to edit accurately. So, Final Cut Pro converts it invisibly into something easier to work with. This means that part of the process of rendering and exporting involves converting them back into MPEG-2 files.

This process is called conforming and is perfectly OK. Just time-consuming.

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