I am cutting a feature documentary shot in HDV 1080i with some SD archive for broadcast in Europe (we're based in Barcelona, Spain).
We are at the first stage of the cut which is to lock the picture in SD then recapture as HDV to build the master as uncompressed 10bit 4:2:2 PAL video, add graphics & grade.
Our system is Final Cut Pro 5 on a G5 quad with a Sony HVR-M25E deck & Lacie d2 external drives.
I would appreciate any advice on system configuration for the recapture & workflow - I have looked at many options including the AJA Io HD & Blackmagic Multibridge Pro with the HD-Connect MI for fast workflow & accurate color rendition with HD-SD realtime conversion. Your experiences would be invaluable.
Our budget is constrained as always & time is our most valuable, yet limited resource.
[shotcuts]"I would appreciate any advice on system configuration for the recapture & workflow - I have looked at many options including the AJA Io HD"
AJA Io HD will not be available until July so if you need it prior to that it's not an option.
I can't recommend the AJA Kona series enough for true and accurate conversions. Keep in mind that your SD cut will most likely still need some color tweaking no matter which way you go. HD allows you much more latitude in color than SD. So generally you will make a duplicate HD timeline and then probably pull back a little on some colors for the realtime downconvert / master to SD. We run the Kona boards here and the hardware up / cross / and downconverts are outstanding broadcast quality.
In addition to pulling back on the colors from HD to SD would you recomend pulling back on some colors more than others? I've read somewhere that HD outputs some colors stonger than others (I can't remeber if its Red, Green or Blue).