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Jaysen Wynn
HD & SD footage in FCP
on Nov 23, 2009 at 1:41:37 am

Can anyone help? I recently shot a short film using two cameras: a Panasonic DVX100a shot in 24p and a Sony Z1U shot in 1080i/60i.
I am editing using FCP 4.5
I have captured all the SD footage.
Do I downconvert the HD footage?
How can I marry these two formats?


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: HD & SD footage in FCP
on Nov 23, 2009 at 3:59:31 am

As I recall, 4.5 won't work with HDV. Upgrading to the latest software is the way to go here, and if your deliverable is SD, then capture the HDV as ProRes, then transcode it to SD...

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Raymond Tuquero
Re: HD & SD footage in FCP
on Nov 23, 2009 at 6:29:52 am

Jerry's technique is real good .... but if you are on a short deadline I would recommend DownConverting.

I have found the quality difference isn't major enough to take the time in converting ProRes to SD.

My workflow usually goes from my Sony HDV Deck Hardware downconvert into FCP, but then again I have demanding deadlines.

I agree with Jerry in upgrading your system would be very wise and less of a headache down the road.

Since you have an Intel Machine ... FCP 7 would be find to upgrade too and it's not to costly either to jump up to FCP 7 either.



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Zane Barker
Re: HD & SD footage in FCP
on Nov 23, 2009 at 6:37:35 am

[Raymond Tuquero] "Since you have an Intel Machine"

We don't know that nether his post nor his profile tell us what type of machine he is on.

Besides v4.5 will not run on an intel machine.

There are no "technical solutions" to your "artistic problems".
Don't let technology get in the way of your creativity!



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Zane Barker
Re: HD & SD footage in FCP
on Nov 23, 2009 at 6:31:59 am

[Jerry Hofmann] "As I recall, 4.5 won't work with HDV"

Correct

[Jerry Hofmann] "if your deliverable is SD, then capture the HDV as ProRes"

Pro Res was not introduced until v6 so he cannot capture to Pro Res.

[Jaysen Wynn] "Do I downconvert the HD footage? "

I would yes. Set the HDV camera to down convert and capture as SD.




There are no "technical solutions" to your "artistic problems".
Don't let technology get in the way of your creativity!



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Jaysen Wynn
Re: HD & SD footage in FCP
on Nov 23, 2009 at 5:03:07 pm

Okay gentleman I have upgraded to FCP 6. Now what will be the best setup to capture the HD footage? I have a few weeks, so not a tight deadline.


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: HD & SD footage in FCP
on Nov 25, 2009 at 1:54:53 am

What I suggested in the first place.

Jerry


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Jaysen Wynn
Re: HD & SD footage in FCP
on Nov 25, 2009 at 4:10:47 am

I captured all my HD footage in the ProRes 422 like you advised. I am new to the HD world so bear with me. Based on reading the manual and other forums I am doing what is refered to as a mixed-format sequence (using HD & SD). But what I can't determine is how to transcode or down convert the HD footage. Is it as simple as using a standard DV easy setup and 29.97 sequence and dropping the footage onto the timeline? then not automatically adjusting the sequence to the footage? Or is there more to this? I want to make sure my work flow is correct now before I hit a wall later by using 2 formats. My final output will be on standard DVD. Thanks for all your help so far.


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