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David Waugh
4K to 1080 workflows
on Nov 22, 2014 at 11:40:39 am

I'm producing fairly low end corporate work with a Sony RX-10 and Final Cut X. I'd like to stay in the 1080 space for now but would like to upgrade to one of the consumer-based 4K cameras. The consensus seems to be that downscaled 4k footage has many advantages, and I was wondering what the general workflow would be converting 4K to 1080 for use in FCX.

Thank you.


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Paul Figgiani
Re: 4K to 1080 workflows
on Nov 22, 2014 at 5:29:20 pm

David,

You can drop the 4K footage right into a 1080p timeline. If the res. is 4096x2160 - that's 1.90:1. So you'll have slight letterboxing before any scaling.

-paul.


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John Davidson
Re: 4K to 1080 workflows
on Nov 22, 2014 at 9:04:10 pm
Last Edited By John Davidson on Nov 22, 2014 at 9:47:28 pm

When you drop it in, if you want to reframe, etc., without accidentally going in too far, change spatial conform of the dropped in clips to "none" instead of "fit". Then when you go to 100% you know you're at maximum resolution/zoom.

I got that from Jeremy Garchow, so I'm not taking credit for it.

John Davidson | President / Creative Director | Magic Feather Inc.


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Craig Alan
Re: 4K to 1080 workflows
on Nov 24, 2014 at 3:25:54 am

Forgive the ignorance please. If 4 k is 4 times the resolution of 1080 p why would increasing scale to over 100% be a red flag?

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David Waugh
Re: 4K to 1080 workflows
on Nov 22, 2014 at 9:19:21 pm

Thanks guys - much appreciated.


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