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Natasha Paulson
Pixelation when Capturing HD footage
on Feb 23, 2010 at 4:29:34 am

Hello!

We recently shot a film with a Panasonic DVCPro HD P2 Camera. I believe we shot in 24p. We're having lots of issues capturing the footage and are concerned that our settings are wrong.

The only setting where our footage shows up in the preview window (in the log and capture window) was DVCPro HD 1080i50. The footage looked fine as it was being captured, but once it was in FCP it looked incredibly pixelated.

We have tried so many different settings combinations and we're just confusing ourselves. We have Final Cut 6.

Any help would be very very appreciated!

Natasha


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Shane Ross
Re: Pixelation when Capturing HD footage
on Feb 23, 2010 at 5:14:05 am

#1 - you can't shoot 24p when you choose 1080i50. That is a PAL format. You can shoot 1080i 25p. Is that what you meant?

[Natasha Paulson] "The only setting where our footage shows up in the preview window (in the log and capture window) was DVCPro HD 1080i50."

If this is a P2 camera, why are you using Log and Capture? With P2 you use LOG AND TRANSFER. Here's a tutorial:

P2 Workflow with FCP 6

[Natasha Paulson] "The footage looked fine as it was being captured, but once it was in FCP it looked incredibly pixelated. "

Are you judging on the computer monitor? That is not the place to judge. Only an external HD monitor connected via an HD capture card can show you what it really looks like.

[Natasha Paulson] "We have tried so many different settings combinations and we're just confusing ourselves. We have Final Cut 6. "

Use the DVCPRO HD 1080i50 Easy Setup. When you drop your clip into the sequence it should ask if you want it to conform to the settings of the clip. Click YES.



Shane



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Natasha Paulson
Re: Pixelation when Capturing HD footage
on Feb 23, 2010 at 5:21:33 am

Well we didn't use a hard drive to film, we used miniDV. Isn't the transfer only if you record on a hard drive?

Thanks for all the advice. We finally were able to capture on the 1080i setting that you recommended. We're thinking now that it's just the film grain. The monitor might be part of the issue too, although we've never had HD footage look this bad in the past. Do you know anything about this particular camera? We're wondering if we had it on the wrong setting and that caused the quality to be less?


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Shane Ross
Re: Pixelation when Capturing HD footage
on Feb 23, 2010 at 6:38:42 am

[Natasha Paulson] "Well we didn't use a hard drive to film, we used miniDV. Isn't the transfer only if you record on a hard drive? "

Ahhhh... Yes, it is. And if you used DV, then you shot 720x480. The tape drive isn't HD...it is SD only. DV. So if you take that DV file and put it into a 1080i timeline, thus blowing it up over 5 times it's size..yeah, it'll be pixelated.

You need to use a...oh, PAL dimensions...720x576 DV PAL timeline.



Shane



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Roli Rivelino
Re: Pixelation when Capturing HD footage
on Feb 23, 2010 at 8:49:41 am

I have the same camera Natasha and the only time I use the tape part of it, is if I'm doing a job that the client absolutely needs the tape as soon as I've finished filming; otherwise stick with HD if you're using an FS hard drive then set it to quicktime 720p for nice easy headache free editing.

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Richard Cooper
Re: Pixelation when Capturing HD footage
on Feb 23, 2010 at 8:10:36 pm

OUCH!!

Richard Cooper
FrostLine Productions, LLC
Anchorage, Alaska
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