Rough Cut Completed!


We’ve reached an important milestone with the film today with the completion of the rough cut of The Qiu Jin Project: Autumn Gem!

It took me 22 hours to go from picture lock to burning the first DVD; the long delay was a result of my supreme struggle to get Final Cut to export the movie without crashing. I searched long and hard for a solution on the Creative Cow Final Cut forum, Ken Stone’s site, Google, and on Apple’s own forums. I eventually settled on using the instructions on Ken’s web site using the Export using Quicktime Conversion command in Final Cut to export the HDV timeline to Apple ProRes 422. To get around the “out of memory” errors, I had to break up the export into several pieces.

From there, I brought the video into Compressor, where I could now export a version for DVD and iPhone. That took a number of hours even with an 8-core Mac Pro! After that, I popped the video into DVD Studio Pro and quickly pumped out a DVD.

With the rough cut complete, we can now show the documentary to our crew, potential donors, family, friends, and other interested parties.


4 thoughts on “Rough Cut Completed!

  1. Bill Lyons

    In 1983 a film called Qiu Jin was made, using the Xian city wall in place of the Bejing walls. Does anyone know if that film is still available for purchase? Many thanks if you can help…it has been a long search. –Bill

  2. Hi Bill,

    Thanks for your comment on The Qiu Jin Project. There is a film available on called “Qiu Jin: A Revolutionary”. Not sure if that’s the one you’re looking for, but it does have a scene in the beginning where Qiu Jin arrives in Beijing with shots of a city wall.

    Hope that helps!

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