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Quality Issues with video footage
on Sep 14, 2007 at 1:54:00 am

Hello all

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum to post this question

I'm having trouble with the quality of my footage on export to DVD and I'm wondering if this is due to my settings in FCP or my workflow.

The proplem is that I am getting gradient separations in my footage. It looks like the Posterize effect in Adobe Photoshop.

I have 2 samples here....

When I start editing the problem in minimal when viewing in my output monitor but by the time I get my project to my DVD player it is very noticeable. Especially in disolves to black.

*This is my workflow*
Shoot on Sony Z1 in HDV format

Capture to FCP 5.1.4 using Decklink HD Extreme.
Connections are via the camera's component connections directly to the Decklink card via BNC
Codecs are Blackmagic DVCPRO HD 1080i50 or AIC



Export via Quicktime Conversion > 10 Bit Uncompressed resized to 720 x 576 Pal 16:9

Compress for DVD via Compressor 2.3
Settings: MPEG 2 - CBR 6.2 Motion Est=Better

Import to DVD Studio Pro 4.1.2

Then I cry

*My Mac*
PowerPC G5 Dual Core 2.0
2.5 Memory
GeForce 6600LE 128mb
2 X 500Gb sata drives
Sonnets Fusion 500p external inclosure with 4 x 500gb SATAII Drives
OSX 10.4.10

I can't seem to figure this out so if anyone knows this problem or can point me in the right direction I will be very greatfull


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