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Richard Kuenneke
GY HD200UB 720 v 1080
on Sep 12, 2009 at 4:16:51 pm

I'm shooting a visually stunning project and look forward to working with a DP who owns the HD200UB with an HD100.

If I shoot in 720 I can back everything up on tape while it records on the HD100. If I shoot in 1080, I lose the tape backup capability
because the camera records that rate to the hard drive only.

How do I decide if it's worth it to scrap the additional resolution in favor of a backup? I'm leaning in that direction - but am I really bothered that I have to let go of all those lines.

Is it worth the risk to go tapeless?



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Phil Balsdon
Re: GY HD200UB 720 v 1080
on Sep 12, 2009 at 8:59:14 pm

You won't be losing as many lines as you might think. The 1080 is interlaced meaning you are only seeing 540 lines each interlaced field. The 720 is progressive which equals 720 lines every frame (no fields with progressive).

Make your decision on the progressive versus interlace aesthetics, basically if you want "live television look" shoot 1080 interlaced, if you want a "filmic look" shoot 720p especially as your HD200UB is capable of 60p.

Cinematographer, Steadicam Operator, Final Cut Pro Post Production.
http://www.steadi-onfilms.com.au/


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Richard Kuenneke
Re: GY HD200UB 720 v 1080
on Sep 12, 2009 at 9:36:12 pm

Thanks for the insight Phil. This my first HD project. The camera in question does shoot 720p 60. What kind of workflow do you recommend with FCP? This project is going to broadcast and DVD.

Rich


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Phil Balsdon
Re: GY HD200UB 720 v 1080
on Sep 13, 2009 at 9:10:05 pm

I normally bring everything from tape in as Apple Pro Res, or material from from Firestore DR HD100 I convert to Pro Res straight away. This gives a smoother workflow throughout the whole process especially if you intend using Color and Motion.

Here's how I import the HDV from camera via firewire directly to Pro Res
http://www.steadi-onfilms.com.au/vlog/?p=61

Cinematographer, Steadicam Operator, Final Cut Pro Post Production.
http://www.steadi-onfilms.com.au/


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Richard Kuenneke
Re: GY HD200UB 720 v 1080
on Sep 13, 2009 at 11:23:09 pm

Thanks Phil - great. And you're able to export to Compressor from the Pro Res sequence? Or do you need to do anything else before you can deliver the project?

Rich


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Phil Balsdon
Re: GY HD200UB 720 v 1080
on Sep 14, 2009 at 9:16:23 pm

Once in ProRes the worflow is smooth through all the Final Studio Apps. Generally I use Compressor but I you need to consider your final output format.

It's difficult to give advice without more specific details and many others more experienced than I can help over on the Final Cut Forum.

Working with such a heavily compressed original format such as HDV can produce great results but it requires care throughout the process.
I and many others have discovered slightly different workflows for different input / output formats can preserve the quality in the end result.

Cinematographer, Steadicam Operator, Final Cut Pro Post Production.
http://www.steadi-onfilms.com.au/


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Richard Kuenneke
Re: GY HD200UB 720 v 1080
on Sep 14, 2009 at 11:29:13 pm

Thanks Phil - I really appreciate your help.

Rich


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