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.