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Matthew Sonnenfeld
Convert HPX170 footage for Apple's Color?
on May 4, 2010 at 5:00:37 pm

Hey all,

So my question is this... If I am planning to do some reasonably heavy color correction in Color, is it a good idea to convert the DVCPRO HD files to ProRes422 so that I am color correcting in a 10 bit environment over 8 bit DVCPRO HD, or will it hurt me due to adding an extra level of compression, or will it just not make a difference?

Thanks for your help!

- Matt

Panasonic HPX170 P
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Noah Kadner
Re: Convert HPX170 footage for Apple's Color?
on May 4, 2010 at 5:23:17 pm

I'd go to ProRes HQ so you have more latitude and less noise to work with...

Noah

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Shane Ross
Re: Convert HPX170 footage for Apple's Color?
on May 4, 2010 at 6:19:10 pm

[Noah Kadner] "I'd go to ProRes HQ so you have more latitude and less noise to work with..."

ProRes HQ is for 10-bit codecs, and for workflows above 1080 (2K, 4K). ProRes 422 is for 8-bit formats, like DVCPRO HD. But I wouldn't convert before I color corrected. I'd stick with sending DVCPRO HD to Color, then rendering out as ProRes. Then you get the benefit of the 10-bit color space, but don't need to waste time converting.



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