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Mark Vernon
Field Order Confusion - Any Advice!
on Feb 11, 2008 at 11:03:11 am

Wondering if anyone can offer any advice in relation to the world of field order.

I have recently spent some time learning about the importance of field order throughout production but I am confused as to what is the right thing to do in the situation of converting from DV footage (which I understand is lower field first) to a SD PAL file prepared for broadcast (which I understand is upper field first).

At what stage do I swap fields?
Should I swap fields?
Won't this lose me quality?

I produce low buget commercials on a regular basis but used to supply to the station on Mini DV, they would do the rest.

Now trying to improve workflow and quality we have started using dubsat mpeg2 distribution and just had problems with interlacing.

This is my first time on the cow and any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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