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Sabreena Peters
Transcribing for P2
on Feb 12, 2008 at 5:30:05 pm



Hi,
I'm working on a documentary film right now, and we're shooting with the HVX-200, and I was wondering what other people have done in terms of transcribing the footage. Normally, with Mini-DV, we would make DVDs of the footage, but with HD stuff, I think that we would have to make way too many DVDs to hold all the footage, and compressing it to fit on the DVDS would take way to long. Anyone want to share what they have done in this situation? It would be much appreciated.

Thank you




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Noah Kadner
Re: Transcribing for P2
on Feb 12, 2008 at 6:17:15 pm

Great question, here's a couple of solutions:

http://www.nch.com.au/scribe/index.html

http://dvcreators.net/qt-movie-notetaker/

http://www.bartastechnologies.com/products/transcriva/

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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Transcribing for P2
on Feb 12, 2008 at 7:10:12 pm

Are you sending this out or doing it yourself?


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Sabreena Peters
Re: Transcribing for P2
on Feb 12, 2008 at 7:58:18 pm

We are doing it ourselves.



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Rennie Klymyk
Re: Transcribing for P2
on Feb 12, 2008 at 7:21:15 pm

Sounds like you are sending it out. Do you have an AJA card or anything that will play out the time line as SD. If so you could plug that into a cheap dvd recorder and record to dvd off the timeline.

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Shane Ross
Re: Transcribing for P2
on Feb 12, 2008 at 10:23:04 pm

String out your clips on the timeline, add the TIMECODE READER filter. Export a reference QT Movie. Take that into compressor, use a QT 7 Compression codec, adjust the dimensions to be 16:9, like 640x360, or less. Then compress. That is what I did...and I sent it out of house.



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Sabreena Peters
Re: Transcribing for P2
on Feb 12, 2008 at 10:28:40 pm

How much footage were you converting? How long did it take?



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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Transcribing for P2
on Feb 12, 2008 at 10:40:45 pm

Sabreena, Shane's method, while a good method, takes forever. not only do you have to render the tc reader filter, you then have to compress. What kind of machine do you have and how much footage do you have?

The less time intensive way is to take all the raw footage clips and use compressor to put the tc on the clips using the "timecode generator" in the filters tab of the Compressor Inpector. this is dependent on Compressor v3 (Final Cut Studio 2). You will end up with a bunch of different clips, but it makes it easy to divide and conquer between multiple people that way. I also suggest compressing to Sorenson3 and not H264 as it is much faster.

Jeremy


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Michael Sacci
Re: Transcribing for P2
on Feb 13, 2008 at 5:19:06 pm

Why not play out of the camera into a DVD recorder with the TC playing on screen.



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John Fishback
Re: Transcribing for P2
on Feb 17, 2008 at 12:52:04 am

You can use Raylight which reads the mxf data directly. You can instantly open the clips in fcp, add the timecode reader and play out to a DVD recorder in real time. I've also just exported the aufio, converted it to mp3 and sent that to the transcriber if t/c notes don't matter.

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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Transcribing for P2
on Feb 17, 2008 at 1:05:12 am

[John Fishback] " I've also just exported the aufio, converted it to mp3 and sent that to the transcriber if t/c notes don't matter."

That's what I do and name the Mp3 the same name as the clip. Sounds like Sabreena needs video as well, though.




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Dan Montgomery
Re: Transcribing for P2
on Feb 22, 2008 at 5:08:37 pm

If you're doing it in house, and the MXFs will be accessible on disk, you can use a product like HDLog to do this.

HDLog was the first Mac P2 viewer. It imports the P2 virtual cards into a template of your choosing. So, for your example, simply add a "Transcription" field to your P2 template and type away. There's also a handy "Jump Back" button (and keystroke) to allow going back a few frames and playing from that point...it's meant for those of use whose hands can't keep up with realtime conversations.

Use "SAVE AS...ALIAS" to save the log file and text with just small pointers to the MXFs. This saves disk space by not converting the large full resolution QT files.

Once all the clips have been logged and transcribed, use the "Multi-File Search" function under the Clips menu to search for clips of interest. Drag and drop into an output list and export to FCP, etc, etc.

To setup, start with the "Panasonic P2" template which has all the matching fields to the camera. Click Edit View. Remove fields you don't use/need, and add the Transcription field. In the field properties you can limit the text entry in a field if desired, otherwise leave it as "0" and you may type unlimited text.

Hope this helps. Try out the demo: http://www.imagineproducts.com/hdlog.htm

Video logging is just the beginning...


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