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TOPIC: Best Video File Format for Lightworks

Best Video File Format for Lightworks 1 year, 7 months ago #39824

Hello, I'm trying to edit some files off my Sony NEX camera that come out as .mts files. I have to convert them to edit them in Lightworks and I can't find documentation as to what the most optimal file format is for editing video in Lightworks. I find a list of supported formats and how to convert them, but I figure if I'm going through the trouble of converting them and just using them in Lightworks it would be nice to know what works best for Lightworks on Windows. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks,
Sam
Last Edit: 1 year, 7 months ago by Hanshakes.

Re: Best Video File Format for Lightworks 1 year, 7 months ago #39826

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Convert it with Eye Frame Converter, it's designd for Lightworks by Lightworks users.

The standard format in EFC is: Matrox I-Frame HD, and it works great.
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Last Edit: 11 months, 2 weeks ago by sennahojx.

Re: Best Video File Format for Lightworks 1 year, 7 months ago #39830

Thanks sennahojx. This is a great option, but I'd like to use a program that I typically use to convert video formats if possible. Do you know the specks of the Matrox I-Frame HD file? Is that a format that would exist in other file conversion programs?

Thanks,
Sam

Re: Best Video File Format for Lightworks 1 year, 7 months ago #39832

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You can use mjpeg and wav audio, you should be able to find those codecs in most conversion tools.

Re: Best Video File Format for Lightworks 1 year, 7 months ago #39833

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Mediainfo says:
General
Complete name                            : C:\Users\Johannes\Desktop\The Reverse Drinking Man.mp4
Format                                   : MPEG-4
Format profile                           : Base Media / Version 2
Codec ID                                 : mp42
File size                                : 93.5 MiB
Duration                                 : 30s 720ms
Overall bit rate mode                    : Variable
Overall bit rate                         : 25.5 Mbps
Encoded date                             : UTC 2013-02-11 17:31:17
Tagged date                              : UTC 2013-02-11 17:31:17
Writing application                      : FFmbc 0.7

Video
ID                                       : 1
Format                                   : MPEG Video
Format version                           : Version 2
Format profile                           : 4:2:2@High
Format settings, BVOP                    : No
Format settings, Matrix                  : Default
Format settings, GOP                     : N=1
Codec ID                                 : 61
Duration                                 : 30s 709ms
Bit rate mode                            : Variable
Bit rate                                 : 25.2 Mbps
Width                                    : 1 280 pixels
Height                                   : 720 pixels
Display aspect ratio                     : 16:9
Frame rate mode                          : Constant
Frame rate                               : 24.000 fps
Color space                              : YUV
Chroma subsampling                       : 4:2:2
Bit depth                                : 8 bits
Scan type                                : Progressive
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 1.137
Stream size                              : 92.1 MiB (98%)
Encoded date                             : UTC 2013-02-11 17:31:17
Tagged date                              : UTC 2013-02-11 17:31:17

Audio
ID                                       : 2
Format                                   : MPEG Audio
Format version                           : Version 1
Format profile                           : Layer 2
Codec ID                                 : 6B
Duration                                 : 30s 720ms
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                 : 384 Kbps
Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
Sampling rate                            : 48.0 KHz
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Delay relative to video                  : 42ms
Stream size                              : 1.41 MiB (2%)
Encoded date                             : UTC 2013-02-11 17:31:17
Tagged date                              : UTC 2013-02-11 17:31:17
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Last Edit: 1 year, 7 months ago by sennahojx.

Re: Best Video File Format for Lightworks 1 year, 7 months ago #39841

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25.5mbps is low for full resolution (1280x720 or 1920x1080) HD material, you should shoot for around 50mbps minimum and normally it is 100mbps.

Re: Best Video File Format for Lightworks 1 year, 7 months ago #39856

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I didn't reflect over that the bit rate was that low, until you mention it. That was from finished movie compressed to "H264 MP4 Profile High @L4.1" with EFC, It was the first video-file I stumbled across when I wanted to show the info of files created with that codec (Matrox I-Frame HD, the default command in EFC)

I converted a 1080p file from a Nikon D7000 and the bit rate become 67.2 mbps. So it's variable depending on the input file.
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Re: Best Video File Format for Lightworks 1 year, 7 months ago #39864

Okay, eyeframe converter is pretty great. It's simple, easy and quick. I'll still try to see if I can mimic it in Adobe Media Converter, but I think eyeframe works just as well if not better!

Re: Best Video File Format for Lightworks 1 year, 7 months ago #39884

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I haven't thought to try and see if AME would produce similar files, might be good for testing. Not that you can but it separately but the files might show us a better way to set up ffmbc.
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