Hi guys, I've been using creative cow for a while but this is my first time posting, hope I'm in the right forum, apologies if I'm not.
I'm looking to enter my graduation short film in this coming Sundance festival. The film was a 720 composite, (i did film it in 1080 but used a 720 comp in AE to allow more motion in post production, zooming scaling etc)and i wondered if anyone could clue me in to how I can get this on HDCAM, and where I could get that done, I'm a UK resident and pretty new to all this formatting for film festivals.
Stanley is likely to offer you the cheapest option. However, make sure that you get the specs from Sundance before going ahead + you might find that they'll accept a DVD for the selection, rather than the full-blown master.
HD-CAM is 1080, so you'll have to up-scale your 720 file. And do remember to draw a copy for yourself, so you have 2 HD-Cam masters. One for future dubbs and one for the festival circuit.
Re: 720 to HDCAM by Shane Ross on Jun 28, 2010 at 7:25:45 pm
What edit system are you using? No matter which one, you will need an HD Capture card to get this to tape. BUT, it would be better to deliver the digital file to a post house that can do the output for you.
I cut the film in both Premiere and AE, and have been rendering out from AE as I find it has better rendering options, my graphics card is HD, so any suggestion on rendering it out, as I was just thinking of going uncompressed avi?
Re: 720 to HDCAM by Shane Ross on Jun 28, 2010 at 9:53:07 pm
[Gareth Morgan]"my graphics card is HD"
Graphics cards are not what I am talking about. CAPTURE CARDS...those designed for capturing and outputting a video signal, not a computer display signal. AJA, Matrox, Decklink...not NVidia or ATI. And graphics cards aren't known as "HD." CAPTURE cards are.
If you lack a capture card, and the HDCAM DECK...and the knowhow to output to the deck, you need to find a post facility that can output this for you, and then ask them what type of file they would like from you.
Easy Tiger - we are talking about a first project here, so give him at least one or two postings more before we let a "Bob Zelin" loose on him ;-)
Stanley's is as good as it gets on price in London - depending what you're looking for in quality. I can do the same job at our facility at 4 times what they charge.
Gareth, The DVD is just for them to accept the film to be good enough for screening, not for the final mastering. However, some festivals operates a "corner" where they'll show anything. Depending on how good your film is, you might be doing yourself a disservice to enter such "corner". But you're the better judge of your own future than I am :-) However, if it is just for selection, do check whether they won't accept a DVD or similar first before going through the trouble.