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Gareth Randall
Can you work in SD, then do final export in HD?
on Mar 16, 2011 at 6:52:06 am

I've volunteered to help out with some title design for a short film, but it will be the first time I've worked in 1080p in Motion. I have a first-gen MacBook Pro, so I'm keen to find ways of speeding up my workflow in HD.

Is there any way to work with SD proxies and only go to HD for export, or do I just have to work in 1080 but with things like render quality set to Draft?



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Andrew Wilson
Re: Can you work in SD, then do final export in HD?
on Mar 16, 2011 at 1:09:46 pm

Always work in the environment that your final render is going to live in.

If you work in SD and then crank up the frame size at the end, your scaling settings will be off.

Do what your heart tells you and dial back the render settings in the viewer window. Turn off shadows, reflections and depth of field. You can also set your resolution in the view window to half or third.

Andrew Wilson
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Steven Plutte
Re: Can you work in SD, then do final export in HD?
on Mar 16, 2011 at 3:07:46 pm

I have a similar MBP and I can attest that it can be very painful to work in 1080p even with everything dialed down. I don't have any tech tips, but wanted to say as your project becomes more complicated it just might be very slow going. Good luck.


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Jeff Greenberg
Re: Can you work in SD, then do final export in HD?
on Mar 17, 2011 at 12:47:35 am

Go to 1080, set everything for draft.....

But proxy the video with stills until you're ready for your final render. Maybe 1 still per second or two.

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Gareth Randall
Re: Can you work in SD, then do final export in HD?
on Mar 18, 2011 at 8:04:36 am

Thanks guys. I guess I really need to find enough spare cash to buy a reasonable Mac Pro ;)



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