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Patrick Ainslie
Kona LHe hardware downconvert in FCP
on Apr 22, 2009 at 4:23:05 pm

Hi all -

I'm working on a project in China. We shot on P2 - DVCPRO HD 720pN but we're delivering to a Chinese TV station and outputting to Beta IMX. We have to output 4:3 for Chinese television and downconvert to SD through the SDI out on our Kona LHe.

How do I get the best quality of my downconvert to SD through my Kona card. For my first output, I changed our video out setting within FCP and did not change the settings on the Kona control panel. Does this mean I'm doing a software downconvert when I should be doing a hardware downconvert with the Kona card?

Also - We are subtitling the project in the letterbox that we create from the conversion to 4:3 from 16:9. Should we adjust our sequence settings in FCP (maybe drop the HD sequence into a 4:3 PAL frame at ProRes 422 (HQ), thus allowing us to control what we put in the letterbox? Will this affect our quality substantially?


Patrick in Shanghai

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Chris Borjis
Re: Kona LHe hardware downconvert in FCP
on Apr 23, 2009 at 5:25:29 am

just do it all through the aja control panel, set it manually.

it doesn't always conform to the fcp settings when outputting
to a broadcast monitor, but you have other settings in the aja
panel you must set to do what you want with it.

its all there for ya.

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