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Juan Morales
Upscale/upres DVCPro HD 720p material to 1080p
on Nov 6, 2012 at 10:43:27 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm about to grade a feature documentary film this week, and have a bunch of shots that are filmed 720p (25fps by the way) in the DVCPro HD codec. What is the best method to upscale/upres this material? Should I use a plug-in like Red Giant's Instand HD using AE, or perhaps the BCC Uprez effect in MC before getting it into Davinci? Or should I just import the 720 "as is" in Resolve and just sharpen the image a bit there, also just stretching it right during grading? If so, what are the best settings for that?

Any ideas and thoughts are most welcome :)


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Sascha Haber
Re: Upscale/upres DVCPro HD 720p material to 1080p
on Nov 7, 2012 at 6:32:24 am

Resolve = meh
AE plug = ok
Teranex = Awesome

A slice of color...

Resolve 9.01 OSX 10.8.2

Colorist / Aerial footage nerd
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Juan Morales
Re: Upscale/upres DVCPro HD 720p material to 1080p
on Nov 7, 2012 at 9:56:56 am

I'm afraid the Teranex is not an option for me at the moment. But what's the best software solution for an upscale? Does Smoke do a good job perhaps?


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Bernhard Grininger
Re: Upscale/upres DVCPro HD 720p material to 1080p
on Nov 7, 2012 at 4:47:18 pm

Hello,

yes, give Smoke2013 a try. Choose the Lanczos filter.
Smoke has the very best software scaling I've seen so far.

Best regards,
Bernhard


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John Tissavary
Re: Upscale/upres DVCPro HD 720p material to 1080p
on Nov 7, 2012 at 7:49:10 pm

I'd go with Scratch or Nuke, Lanczos or Sync filter for the upres.

John Tissavary | colorist | owner
The Post Collective


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Joseph Owens
Re: Upscale/upres DVCPro HD 720p material to 1080p
on Nov 7, 2012 at 6:19:43 pm

[Juan Morales] "Any ideas and thoughts are most welcome :)"

Well, lets run this one up the flag pole. If you have a couple of SDI systems, Kona / Decklink, why not play out the DVCPro clips to the other system and capture wild 1080ProRes (simulates a Teranex hardware uprez)? I capture uprezzed from tape often and once did a 720P documentary playout-to-capture (48 minute show) with this technique. Passed QC... deposited the cheque.

The Decklink does a nice 2:3 cadence conversion for 23.98-->29.97 as well, and it takes (real time) as opposed to roughly 20 times program length for a (Compressor) software conversion.

jPo

"I always pass on free advice -- its never of any use to me" Oscar Wilde.


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Pepijn Klijs
Re: Upscale/upres DVCPro HD 720p material to 1080p
on Nov 7, 2012 at 6:34:31 pm

I'd go with Smoke as well, unless there are helicopters involved :)!

Editor/Colorist, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
http://www.pepijnklijs.nl


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Juan Morales
Re: Upscale/upres DVCPro HD 720p material to 1080p
on Nov 7, 2012 at 8:46:23 pm

Thanks everyone for the advice, I think I'll give Smoke a go!

@Pepijn: Hahaha, no helicopters this time. But come take a look at my setup if you're around Hilversum. Je bent van harte welkom.


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Pepijn Klijs
Re: Upscale/upres DVCPro HD 720p material to 1080p
on Nov 7, 2012 at 9:33:36 pm

Thanks! I'll do that one day!

Editor/Colorist, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
http://www.pepijnklijs.nl


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