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Christopher Targia
Whats the best HD Codec to use for TV quality that transcodes quickly?
on Nov 6, 2009 at 7:37:29 pm

So footage is being shot in the morning, and we need half an hours worth editing and exported onto laptops to play on Plasma Screens as soon as possible, what is the best codec that can produce high quality HD footage very fast?


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Shane Ross
Re: Whats the best HD Codec to use for TV quality that transcodes quickly?
on Nov 6, 2009 at 7:39:53 pm

[Christopher Targia] "So footage is being shot in the morning"

What format? SD? HD? And then what specific format? HDV? DVCPRO HD? AVCHD? DV?

[Christopher Targia] " we need half an hours worth editing and exported onto laptops to play on Plasma Screens as soon as possible"

Connected to the plasmas how? DVI from the laptop? Capture card? DVD player? What?

DETAILS!


Shane



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Christopher Targia
Re: Whats the best HD Codec to use for TV quality that transcodes quickly?
on Nov 6, 2009 at 7:51:57 pm

"DETAILS!" - DUH!

sorry

HD DVCProHD 720p 29.97

Im not worried so much about editing it, its the trans-coding time that's freaking me out. These will be 30 minute clips. They footage needs to be exported into a file, then copied onto a Harddrive and then copied over onto a laptop that is connected up to a plasma screen. Just going to be played in Quicktime or something, whatever works best. It will be DVI or RGB from the Laptop.


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Shane Ross
Re: Whats the best HD Codec to use for TV quality that transcodes quickly?
on Nov 6, 2009 at 7:54:38 pm

Does that laptop have FCP? If not, best to convert to H.264. Getting the Elgato Turbo.264 speeds that up threefold! As does the MXO2 Mini with MAX. The Turbo is cheaper...



Shane



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Christopher Targia
Re: Whats the best HD Codec to use for TV quality that transcodes quickly?
on Nov 6, 2009 at 7:56:08 pm

No, this will be windows laptops with quicktime I will look into this Elgato Turbo.264, thank you


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Greg Booth
Re: Whats the best HD Codec to use for TV quality that transcodes quickly?
on Nov 6, 2009 at 8:40:18 pm

Hi,

I've never used the product but you could try Flip4Mac and render out a WMV HD file and play that on your Windows Laptop to the TV using Windows Media Player.

http://www.telestream.net/flip4mac-wmv/overview.htm

Anyway - just another option - good luck on your project!

Cheers,
Greg


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Adam Smith
Re: Whats the best HD Codec to use for TV quality that transcodes quickly?
on Nov 7, 2009 at 2:32:53 am

I found that the Turbo.264 only works with the supplied built-in presets... which may be just fine for your project considering you probably don't need any specific settings to play off the laptop.

It's a cool device, it just wound up mostly useless for our project which had tens of hours of media to compress, but also detailed specs we had to meet. At least the thing was only a hundred bucks or so - not a huge loss.

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Video Photographer / Avid & Final Cut Editor


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Christopher Targia
Re: Whats the best HD Codec to use for TV quality that transcodes quickly?
on Nov 30, 2009 at 8:50:43 pm

Just letting everyone know the elgato Turbo.264HD is the best $150 I have spent, it works great!

Word to the wise, elgato has not tech support number WTF!

And you can change the built in presets, however its not as specific as quicktime exporter, but damn its fast!


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