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Mike Liguori
Mixing DVCPRO and XDCAM codecs... the best way?
on Oct 15, 2009 at 3:32:08 pm

Here's my challenge: find the right codec to convert the following footage to a common format for multi-cam editing in Final Cut:

DVCPRO HD 1080p30 1280x1080
DVCPRO HD 720p60 960x720
XDCAM EX 1080p24 1920x1080

I would like all the footage to resemble 24p as much as possible. Obviously, my XDCAM EX footage is already there and looking great. Unfortunately I had two HVX200 shooters who didn't follow instructions and shot in the other two formats listed.

I'm not familiar with the HVX formats. Both of them say they are progressive, but they appear interlaced to my eye (forking of motion in frame). Do I need to de-interlace them, and if so, what method do you recommend?

My hunch here is to convert everything to ProRes 1280x720, but was hoping to hear from some HVX people. Thanks for your help!

Mike
Visible Proof
Denver, CO


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Daniel Low
Re: Mixing DVCPRO and XDCAM codecs... the best way?
on Oct 15, 2009 at 4:57:24 pm

[Mike Liguori] "My hunch here is to convert everything to ProRes 1280x720"

You're hunch is correct except I'd go to 1920x1080 for all, but it really depends how how the production is going to end up.



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