I'm doing my first ever HD job.
We've got lots of lovely footage on XD CAM EX (1080i/50) and it looks GREAT on the computer screen but it looks AWFUL on the 625/50 PAL broadcast monitor. We are using the LHe for real-time HD to SD down-conversion.
For this part of the job the client wants output to PAL Digibeta, so I had thought of just feeding the other SDI output of the LHe to the DigiBeta and letting the card do all the work, but not if it looks like this!
I tried converting some of the footage to ProRes 625 and it looked fine on the broadcast monitor, so the issue is with the down-conversion. Is there something I'm missing regarding why this looks so bad? By bad, I mean ... it's hard to describe .... like only every second line of resolution is being used. And the image is sort of shimmery and unstable, almost like there's a field problem, but reversing the fields does nothing. People look like they're badly keyed against the background (in real life, non-keyed shots!)
I know I can simply render the project to a 625 based codec before output, but the client will want to conduct the editing session while he watches along on the broadcast monitor.
Thanks Jeremy - Aja support got to me as well and you were both right. I wasn't sending 1080 to the card. I was directing FCP to feed 625 to the card, thinking (or rather NOT thinking) that the down-convert would happen because I had 625 selected with the AJA Control Panel.
Of course this is obviously dumb. I need to feed 1080 to the card from FCP and THEN direct the AJA Control Panel to down-convert. Now it looks great! Thanks for chiming in.