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David Blumenfeld
Digitize MiniDV Tapes
on Oct 26, 2015 at 4:56:02 pm

Hi. I have borrowed a friend's Sony DSR 25 and have a bunch of mini DV Tapes I want to digitize to work on in the future. I need the highest quality and wondering the best method of digitizing...Quicktime seems to do OK, or is it better to do it in FCPX? Thanks.



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Jason Jenkins
Re: Digitize MiniDV Tapes
on Oct 26, 2015 at 5:27:27 pm

[David Blumenfeld] "Hi. I have borrowed a friend's Sony DSR 25 and have a bunch of mini DV Tapes I want to digitize to work on in the future. I need the highest quality and wondering the best method of digitizing...Quicktime seems to do OK, or is it better to do it in FCPX? Thanks."

If you are using a firewire cable then it is essentially just a data transfer, so the term "digitizing" is a misnomer in this case. No way to increase or decrease the quality of the files.

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Mark Suszko
Re: Digitize MiniDV Tapes
on Oct 26, 2015 at 6:30:09 pm

Well, don't save them as ProRes HQ; that's like putting a gallon in a three-gallon bucket. Prores422 will be more than sufficient to convert that 25 megabit DV stuff.


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Craig Alan
Re: Digitize MiniDV Tapes
on Nov 1, 2015 at 4:27:22 am

I think the best quality is to stay with the original aspect ration and codec.

https://support.apple.com/kb/PH12743?locale=en_US

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Doug Metz
Re: Digitize MiniDV Tapes
on Nov 3, 2015 at 8:26:33 pm

[Craig Alan] "I think the best quality is to stay with the original aspect ratio and codec.

https://support.apple.com/kb/PH12743?locale=en_US"


+1

You're not going to gain anything by transcoding to ProRes, since the tape is already a digital stream. In fact, it's possible that an incorrect transcode setting could hose your freshly-ingested files.

Doug Metz

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