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dan crouch
Sony F5 conversion for Avid MC 8.
on Mar 16, 2015 at 10:39:55 pm

Hello all,
I have a job coming up working from home.
The rushes have been shot on a Sony F5 camera.
The production company only use Fcp so I have to ask them to convert the rushes to files I can ingest.

I'm using a Mac Pro and have just upgraded Avid MC to version 8.

Any help or advise would be very much appreciated.

Cheers,
Dan.


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Shane Ross
Re: Sony F5 conversion for Avid MC 8.
on Mar 16, 2015 at 11:24:26 pm

What version of FCP are they using? Because FCP 7 can't import footage from that camera. They'll have to be using some third party converter. Ask them what they have to convert the footage, and if it can convert to DNxHD MXF files, or DNxHD Quicktime files.

Also...what will you be required to deliver? What system will you finish on?

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dan crouch
Re: Sony F5 conversion for Avid MC 8.
on Mar 16, 2015 at 11:41:40 pm

Thanks for the post Shane.
It's just a promo idea for a Tv series.
The offline cut I deliver will be the final thing.

I shall ask them about the files you mentioned.

Which would be preferable?

Thanks again,
Dan.


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Shane Ross
Re: Sony F5 conversion for Avid MC 8.
on Mar 16, 2015 at 11:50:47 pm

DNxHD 220x MXF files. If they use Resolve to convert, it'll make these. That's why I ask what they are using. If they can only do QT, then DNxHD 220x QT, and just consolidate those into Avid and I'll make them MXF.

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John Pale
Re: Sony F5 conversion for Avid MC 8.
on Mar 17, 2015 at 2:37:19 pm

If the production company is using FCP 7, as Shane stated..they can't really be working native. If they are converting the raw footage to Apple ProRes (likely), you can easily work with that in Avid. Avid DNX is nice, but if they have to convert it for you, it just adds a level of complexity to the workflow. In my experience, many FCP only places don't usually know how to deal with Avid DNX and cause gamma shifts, etc. Just another thing that can get screwed up by an assistant working the overnight shift. Since you are on a Mac, Pro Res is considered fully native and you can AMA link and consolidate into Avid.

Find out what they are doing at their end.

If they are going through Resolve and they know what they are doing, maybe it's worth having them create Avid DNX media for you. If not, and they have to use Quicktime or Compressor to export, I'd rather just use Pro Res than take my chances that they will do the conversion correctly. Avid can ingest that easily.


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dan crouch
Re: Sony F5 conversion for Avid MC 8.
on Mar 17, 2015 at 3:41:57 pm

Thanks for the post John,
I think I agree with you on this.
Simplicity would be a better option here.

Can I ask which Pro res you think would be best?

Many thanks,
Dan.


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Shane Ross
Re: Sony F5 conversion for Avid MC 8.
on Mar 17, 2015 at 4:50:57 pm

ProRes HQ...if that is going to be the only and final conversion. You can Consolidate that, as Avid now supports ProRes and can convert to ProRes MXF.

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dan crouch
Re: Sony F5 conversion for Avid MC 8.
on Mar 17, 2015 at 5:12:46 pm

Thanks for the post,
The guys have started to convert the footage to DNxHD QT's.

I'll have to work with this.

That should be ok shouldn't it?

Cheers,
Dan.


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Shane Ross
Re: Sony F5 conversion for Avid MC 8.
on Mar 17, 2015 at 5:14:33 pm

That's perfect.

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John Pale
Re: Sony F5 conversion for Avid MC 8.
on Mar 18, 2015 at 4:08:21 am

[dan crouch] "That should be ok shouldn't it?"

Should be fine, if they handle it correctly. Check your levels on scopes or in the Color Corrector.


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dan crouch
Re: Sony F5 conversion for Avid MC 8.
on Mar 18, 2015 at 6:59:52 am

Thanks for your post's guys,
Much appreciated.
Dan.


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Neil Ryan
Re: Sony F5 conversion for Avid MC 8.
on Mar 19, 2015 at 1:00:50 am

John & Shane, why was Dan not advised to get the original rushes and ingest them himself? (I'm not saying that's the best/better/correct way; I'm just curious.)
Neil.


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Shane Ross
Re: Sony F5 conversion for Avid MC 8.
on Mar 19, 2015 at 1:30:47 am

Because he asked: "The production company only use Fcp so I have to ask them to convert the rushes to files I can ingest"

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dan crouch
Re: Sony F5 conversion for Avid MC 8.
on Mar 21, 2015 at 12:33:18 pm

Hi Guys,
I have successfully trans-coded the rushes for the project I am working on. But the time code doesn't seem to have made it across the conversion.

It had time of day code, two cameras, but has reset the start to zero for each clip.

Do you know why this has happened?

many thanks in advance.
Dan.


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