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Chris Borjis
For quick work is capturing HD-SDI Really that bad?
on Sep 23, 2008 at 12:43:04 am

I've been doing some testing, capturing a clip from the HD-SDI
out 720P 59.94 as uncompressed. These were played out from the memory cards.

I took the same .r3d files, processed them through redcine as .dpx
at 720P then imported (maintaining 16-bit/10-bit) into after effects
and rendered to 10-bit uncompressed.

when looking at them both on an HD CRT, I'm not seeing any resolution
difference at all.

Naturally the HD-SDI image has a more colorful wysiwyg look to it
by comparison to the flatter looking but more tweakable (through redcine) .r3d files.

Aside from an intermittent signal interruption that happened once on a few clips.
(the screen just went black for a second or 2 on the capture card, but was
good on the red lcd.) and if embedded audio is in the signal, it doesn't seem
all that bad of an option for quick HD only jobs that can be done on G5 hardware
using a BMD or AJA capture card.

Anyone else tinkering around with this work flow?

I realize its not the ultimate best way of doing it, but it sure shaves
off a lot of time, works on G5 hardware and looks damn good.

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