a. This isn't necessarily a Mac / Final Cut 7 question. I'm sure someone with a grasp on digital editing concepts can help.
b. I was given avi files to import into Final Cut for editing. This works fine. I can view them and edit them.
I have no clue what initial Audio/Video Settings to "Set-Up" Final Cut. The terminology is over my head, so I don't know if I'm importing them properly.
1. When I import, Final Cut says:
"The files are not Optimized for use... Either recapture the media or use Media Manager
to create new copies to improve performance for multi-stream playback."
I've tried, but have no clue which Codec to choose.
How do I optimize the files?
2. The avi files are:
Vid Rate: 29.97 fps
Frame Size: 720x480
Compressor: DV/DVCPRO - NTSC
Data Rate: 3.6 MB/sec
Pixel Aspect: NTSC - CCIR 601
(At least I think these are the avi file properties - I'm not sure if Final Cut modified the file properties upon import (because of the FCP Audio/Video Settings), or if those are actually the properties of the avi file I received from the camera man.)
The DV was shot in Standard Def, 24P Advanced, 16:9. Should I convert the files back to 24P Advanced before editing? If so, how and why?
3. Is the avi file a compressed or lower quality video file than the 24P directly from the DV Camera? If I edit with the avi video, can the exported video be used to produce a standard def 16:9 DVD?