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Ben Cheng
Premiere Pro: SD media in a HD timeline
on Oct 23, 2006 at 3:21:13 pm

Hi All,

I like to seek your advice on the following.
We have a customer who requested for an on-site evaluation for Xena LH. We got a BOXX+Xena LH system there now.

1 application is to mix SD media with HD media, in a HD timeline, in Premiere Pro 2.0.
The SD media is PAL, and the HD media is 1080/25P or 50i.
The customer is looking at blowing up the SD media, to match the size & aspect ratio of the HD media.
Wonder if you have experience with the above?

I tested the above & rendered the SD media. The rendered media looks really bad, interlacing & motion is slow.
Applied the anti-flicker filter & field interpolate (under the clip settings), onto the media & doesnt help much.

The customer told me another video card system he tested, is able to achieve the above, without all the motion artifacts.
So he feel that its not Premiere Pro 2.0 causing the problem.

As I'm not familiar with Premiere Pro, hope you can share any experience you have.
Thanks again!

Ben Cheng
The Media Village

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Jeron Coolman
Re: Premiere Pro: SD media in a HD timeline
on Oct 23, 2006 at 7:35:40 pm

I'd try using this software to uprez the SD to HD...

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AJA Sales Department
Re: Premiere Pro: SD media in a HD timeline
on Oct 23, 2006 at 8:04:26 pm

Hi Ben,

Is the SD media already digitzed on disk? If so, was it done with a XENA, and with what file type (QT, AVI, etc.)? If not, what card digitized it, and what codec is it in?


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Ben Cheng
Re: Premiere Pro: SD media in a HD timeline
on Oct 24, 2006 at 5:35:19 am


Thanks for Jeron & AJA for the replies.
The media is QuickTime Uncompressed 10-Bit.
The media is already digitized onto disk, using a Xena LH.

What they like to achieve is to put existing SD media into a HD timeline, without re-capturing the SD media.
They are working in SD now & this is something they wish to do in future.
I spoken to them about the Xena 2K & its up-conversion/cross-conversion features.
They like that feature, but the main concern is to mix SD & HD media on a HD timeline.
They understand rendering will take time & compromise visual quality.

But we were puzzled with the quality & motion of the rendered media.
As they told me, another system is able to render them, without any motion artifacts.

The Instant HD plugin looks good, but for interlaced source, the media needs to be de-interlaced 1st.

Ben Cheng

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