I do a half-hour TV show and I need some advice. Currently I shoot HDV footage (Sony Z7U) and edit in Final Cut Pro on an SD timeline. I output to DVCam tape and send to a production house for closed captioning and a dub to Beta SP before it goes to the network.
It has been suggested to me to actually export a hi-res quicktime movie to a hard drive, then send it instead of the DVCam tape. When I spoke to the production house, they said I might as well keep sending tapes, because they would have to make a master tape as a source, then use that source to make closed captioned tape. They said I really would not notice any difference in quality (plus it costs an extra $150 for them to take my hard drive).
My question is: Shooting in HDV, and editing in FCP, what would be my best bet for delivering a SD show, and it look as good as possible on the network?
you don't control what is "best" for delivering the show. If you are shooting and editing for Outdoor Life Network, they will have delivery requirements, and specifications - they tell you, not readers of Creative Cow.