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Create Studiocode Movie Package From File

NOTE: Beginning December 31st, 2017, development of Studiocode and iCoda will stop and new licenses will not be available for purchase. Please consider Vosaic as a replacement. Read More.

The following describes the ideal process for how to use video files in Studiocode that were originally recorded on a camcorder or other recording device.

  1. Copy the movie file(s) to the Mac
    • Depending on the camcorder/device, this typically is accomplished by connecting the device to the Mac with a USB cable, or via SD Card.
  2. Once the video file(s) are copied to the Mac, rename them if desired. You might want to rename the files to more easily identify when and where, or from what angle (in the case of multi-angle recordings), the video was taken.
    • In this instance, you can rename the files by simply single clicking on the file in Finder, then single clicking on the name of the file again. (not double clicking) Once the name is selected, type the new name and press RETURN to accept the changes.
    • It's not advisable to rename Studiocode movie packages or other files via this method in Finder.
    • Universally accepted special characters are spaces, underscores, and hyphens.
    • File name example: 2017-01-31 Site ABC_Angle 1
  3. Transcode the video
    • Although Studiocode can accept many different types of video files, transcoding is important to do with any video file that was not recorded in Studiocode because it ensures that all the video characteristics (particularly GOP structure and bitrate) of a given piece of video are standardized for optimal performance in Studiocode.
    • Click here for more on transcoding with the Elgato Turbo 264.HD and how to create custom settings.
    • After transcoding is complete, you will have a second copy of the original video file, but the second copy now is optimized for Studiocode and will ensure the best performance.
  4. In Studiocode create a movie package from the transcoded video file.
    • When asked if you would like to place the movie file inside a movie package, you should always select Yes. If you need multiple timelines that pertain to the same movie, there are better means to this end. (Contact support@vosaic.com to learn more)User-added image?
    • This process will embed the transcoded video file within a Studiocode movie package. Thus, the transcoded video file will no longer be available in Finder. However, you will still have the original video file that was copied from the camcorder to the Mac prior to transcoding and you can always get the the video out of Studiocode back into a QuickTime (non-proprietary format) at anytime.

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