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David Blumenfeld
editing mini dv tapes: looks terrible
on May 28, 2014 at 12:04:23 pm

Hi,

I have some mimidv tapes shot on Panasonic DVX 100A and trying to digitize them. They look very grainy and wondering what the best option for digitising. I have tried direct into fxpx and using Quicktime: Native, which looks very slightly better...Other options? Thanks.



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Gretta Wing Miller
Re: editing mini dv tapes: looks terrible
on May 28, 2014 at 9:13:35 pm
Last Edited By Gretta Wing Miller on May 29, 2014 at 9:30:24 pm

I've been doing a lot of miniDV tapes just lately, and have not found any of them to look bad: some are old and dropouty, and the frame size of the SD ones is small. Make sure your monitor is set to view 100% or they really degrade! I've been dropping them into a 720p timeline, and it looks good this way, even stretched to fit.
Import as ProRes direct into FCPX

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Craig Alan
Re: editing mini dv tapes: looks terrible
on May 29, 2014 at 5:19:03 am

Have you played the footage back directly from the camera on a monitor. Maybe the footage is grainy?

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