i was just wondering lets say you layoff a 16bit targa sequence to HDCAM SR from a smoke, and lay the same file off in FCP as uncompressed 10bit. Is the quality from Smoke better? or does HDCAM SR only process 10bit? Thanks.
The truth is, HDCAM SR is slightly compressed. Not that anyone can see it, but it is.
So, I think it is more a matter of which I/O you prefer, FCP or Smoke. Presonally, I think FCP I/O is terrible and I would use the Smoke.
Do you know if there is a difference in the color space and or quality of the signal? If you put the too tapes up side by side and A / B'd would it be obvious? I don't have the equipment to run tests. I know Smoke is higher quality than Final Cut obviously, but for broadcast output i just want to know the facts. Anyone?? Thanks for your response Moody. Appreciate it.
We've done tests in the smoke of media output in ProRes from FCP, and compared it to footage natively captured in the smoke from tape. Using a subtract layer mode, there is no visible difference. You can see some sporadic pixels, but for all most all practical purposes there is no degradation.
I wouldn't say there is a quality difference in outputting, but rendering effects is a different story.