FCP TIP: Why is there a red line when I drop my video clip on to the time line of Final Cut Pro? or Why do i have to render footage in my time line?
Update: If you are working on FCP 7.0.3 or higher, you can set your sequence settings by dropping in your media on to the timeline. It will ask you if you want to change the sequence settings to match your footage. Say yes and it will match the format perfectly with no rendering. Also FCP doesnt like mp3 audio, export your track to an .aiff in itunes.
Here is a small detail tip that will save you time from rendering in FCP. To every question there is an answer in the video world, it’s never “just because” or “maybe it’s you.” When you drop your media in to your time line and it comes in with a red line on top that means your time line has different setting to your video format. To fix this you can right click on your media either in the time line or in your browser ben.
Now you can see all the information that your clip has.
Write down the settings or remember them. Go in to the sequences settings (command zero) or sequences>settings.
There you can change all the clips settings to match your media on the time line.
Now you media matches with your sequences.
Don’t waste time rendering your media in the wrong time line settings. It’s annoying. And only Rookies do that.