I mainly shoot 3 camera theatre / dance shows for dance / theatre schools on a part time basis. Final product on standard DVD, for a 2 hour show put them onto 2 discs. I am slowly migrating across to FCP X. I am just filming three 3 hour shows in 3 days so thought good time to try the multicam on FCPX . I was always happy transferring using Pro Res 422 Proxy on FCP7, so for example a 6Gb file size will transcode to 16GB approx and is saved as 1920x1080 . On FCPX I've noticed if Proxy media is 'checked' that 6Gb file size is transcoded a similar size to original size, but at half resolution 960x 540.
Is there a way to transcode Proxy media but at 1920x1080 with FCP X, to increase file size ?
The file size for optimized media on FCPX are 45GB for 6 GB file, so for these three shows we are talking approx 400GB per show.
That seems crazy and I would need to buy new hard drives most weeks! and can't afford that. We are not talking broadcast quality here just a good strong record needed of the shows which parents/performers buy.
The question I need answered is - if I edited a show at 960x540 proxy in FCPX, (I presume it takes the original file when exporting?) would the final product be of a similar quality to FCP7 1080 editing and exporting proxy ? or would FCP7 be better quality as they are bigger file sizes? A bit of a dilemma I need answering before the edit starts!
Sorry if this sounds naive but I appreciate any advice
Proxies are just there to improve performance during editing. As long as you keep the original files on your system and switch back to Original quality before the final export- you will get original quaility.