My apologies if I'm repeating a post, but couldn't find one on this topic. My workflow for an upcoming job will be to edit in 8-bit or 10-bit uncompressed and send a file to our dub house for transfer to tape and submission to stations. Should I be working in 8 or 10-bit? I thought I read somewhere that NTSC, standard def., should only be in 8-bit. Although 10-bit gives you the better color range and quality. Is this true or do some stations except 10-bit?
Also, I work with ProRes sometimes in HD and it is considered mastering quality, but is ProRes in SD a broadcast quality for mastering? If so, aren't both ProRes and ProRes HQ both 10-bit codecs?
OS 10.5.5, Mac Pro 2 x 3 ghz quad-core intel xenon, 9 gb ram, with BM Intensity Pro card
no one cares, and no one will check. You can shoot with the cheapest Z1U, and use a Sony HVR-10MU
to shoot your video. If you go thru a converter and transfer to a Sony SRW-5500, even Discovery Network will play your tape. It's all a big game. All that matters is your delivery requirements, and every station has a different one. No one has ever rejected a job done in 8 bit.