I am a newbie trying to get some info for a HD digital film.What I got from net in summary is :
1. Shoot the film on HD camera (Sony Cinelata or Varicam or Sony XDCAM) in 24p.
2. Digitise the footage Kona 2/3 card (uncompressed HD) or XDCAM files into FCP.
3.Do the edit
4. Send the output by creating TGA seq files to the processing lab for DI ie colour grading,Digital opticals etc and final print.(Audio as wav file)
But what I read from Kona site :
"The KONA 3 2K path offers significant cost and labor savings over a tape-based approach to 2K. In a unique development for customers on the Macintosh platform, you can go straight from telecine to disk with 2K media and eliminate the steps of using tape stock and then digitizing those tapes for the nonlinear editor. The added 2K support in KONA 3 v2 will benefit large, full-service facilities as well as boutique facilities entering the 2K
[Harcharan]"Does this means that we can do the necessary colour correction,colour gradation using FCP Studio 2 tools and generate DPX files and send then for Final print...(No Reverse Telecine reqd. as we shoot 24p..Just a film mask)"
Absolutely using Color. That's what it was designed for in it's original incarnation as Final Touch.
[Harcharan]"just missed out..Will Sony XDCAM 350 give me a decent result for a 355mm blowup...."
That's a question for a film lab. May labs will test new cameras as they come on the market to see what the characteristics are when transferred to film. If you speak to some labs, you may be able to arrange a screening comparing some of the cameras that you're considering.
Also, be aware that every lab has its own way of doing things, and a particular lab may do a better job with a particular camera or format. It's worth speaking to labs in depth about this very early in preproduction.
Du Art in New York runs a regular screening program for film makers to view transfers to 35mm from different digital cameras. It's well worth attending a few of these screenings, since you need to learn how to look at the material over time.
Now in post: Peristroika, a film by Slava Tsukerman
[Harcharan]"Thks Walter...Can u please elaborate on the process?"
Nope, I haven't worked with DPX files here in the shop, just played with it at NAB while I was working in the AJA booth. But I've been working with Final Touch / Color almost two years now and Export to DPX is one of the options.
I would suggest you post this question in Color forum as we have some really good folks there who can explain the process. Or better yet, search the Color forum for DPX as someone may have already posted the process.