I have shot a typical, well-lit studio interview in SD Mini-DV (Panasonic HVX-200 to tape) which needs to be presented as a decent quality Quicktime Sorenson 3 movie at 640x480. I am using Final Cut and Squeeze 4.3. I'm having a little trouble getting the compressed image to be snappy and bright enough. I've used the FCP 3-way CC to boost up the highlights, the midrange, and the saturation very modestly while observing for clipping of any sort on an analog waveform monitor. This helps a lot. In Squeeze, I have added 10-15 to the gamma. With those settings, it's about the best I've achieved so far. I have read Ben's book, but wonder if I know just enough to be dangerous at this point.
Couple or three questions:
Should my FCP sequence be set to process white as Superwhite or White?
Should I export from FCP with "Current Settings" (DV NTSC in this case), MotionJPEG-A or something else?
Am I doing anything really wrong in my attempt to exploit the full 0-255 tonal range of digital 8-bit RGB by CC-ing the highlights and raising the gamma in Squeeze?
I'm also wondering now whether I should have shot the whole thing with hotter highlights, short of clipping, since it's only presentation is via the Web.
Thanks a ton for your tips.