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Michael Merkwan
Smoke Layoff vs. FCP
on Apr 24, 2010 at 12:07:23 pm

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.


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moody glasgow
Re: Smoke Layoff vs. FCP
on Apr 24, 2010 at 2:43:59 pm

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.



moody glasgow
smoke/flame


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Michael Merkwan
Re: Smoke Layoff vs. FCP
on Apr 26, 2010 at 7:24:45 pm

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.


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Kevin Johnson
Re: Smoke Layoff vs. FCP
on Apr 28, 2010 at 2:06:56 am

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.


Kevin Johnson

Autodesk Smoke Artist
FCP Editor
Washington, DC


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