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Stephen Vilas
Workflow XDCAM EX1 footage & FCP to grading & mastering
on Jan 4, 2010 at 5:20:02 pm


We have a 52min documentary project which was edited in FCP.

The majority of the footage has been shot on an XDCAM EX1 in 1080p25.
some of the other footage is Apple Pro Res (animations), also 1080p25 as well as some converted archive footage which was lowres.

A few shots are HDV, but this is just a handful.

Next week we are taking this project to a professional studio for final colour correction and mastering to HDCAM tape.
the studio has asked to deliver everything in Apple Pro Res.

this is the first time we deliver something that was shot on XDCAM EX1 so the online process seems different than what we are used to (most projects were on film stock before, so 2K scan + edl usually did the trick).

at first we thought to export everything in FCP to Apple Pro Res using the media manager so only the clips that are necessary are being exported. but then realised that we have used some crossfades and dip to colour transitions. taking these into the colour grading doesnt seem logical.

can someone point us to some good online references for the workflow that we will need for this project?

any specific things we should keep in mind in terms of converting the EX1 footage to Apple Pro Res?

any advice from people familiar with this is definitely more than welcome!

all the best and thanks in advance

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Gerry Curtis
Re: Workflow XDCAM EX1 footage & FCP to grading & mastering
on Jan 5, 2010 at 1:43:23 pm

Why not ask the post facility, they should be able to answer your question. If they work with Apple Color you could just bring them your FCP project but I'm guessing that's not the case.

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Ron Pestes
Re: Workflow XDCAM EX1 footage & FCP to grading & mastering
on Jan 5, 2010 at 4:56:45 pm

Not sure why cross fades and dip to color is a problem. Just convert your timeline to ProRes and export. Should not be a problem.

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