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Declan Smith
Roundtrip to windows
on Apr 6, 2010 at 10:58:40 pm

I am working on a project with a 3D artist who is on windows and doesn\\\'t support QuickTime ( I guess he means his app is not tuned to work with QuickTime). I have fcs3 and have a number of ingested files that I need to send him. His preferred container is avi but I am struggling to create avis that retain the quality ( as the codec options are cinepak or dv).

Is there a tried and tested way to roundtrip files between mac and pc?



Declan Smith
http://www.madpanic.tv
FCS3 / After Effects CS4 / Combustion / Canon 7D / Canon XL2


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Arnie Schlissel
Re: Roundtrip to windows
on Apr 6, 2010 at 11:18:13 pm

Why not send him an image sequence? That's what's commonly used to move between platforms in much of the VFX world. TIFF sequences, for example, are readable by pretty much any platform.

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Robb Harriss
Re: Roundtrip to windows
on Apr 7, 2010 at 1:45:00 am

Yes on the image sequence, I've done it for years. But I'd recommend Targa files, which are actually video files and work better in that color space. And have him work in progressive, no interlacing and let that happen when you drop it into your timeline. That usually eliminates some problems. Unless he really has to do field rendering, then make sure he's using the same you are.

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Declan Smith
Re: Roundtrip to windows
on Apr 7, 2010 at 6:09:59 am

We were trying to keep file sizes down so we could do this over the Internet, however, we have wasted enough time doing this and the quality drops too much for my liking.

Excellent advice, image sequence is what I used to move stuff in and out of combustion. I should have thought of this before but sometimes you just can't see the wood for the trees!

Thanks for the help.



Declan Smith
http://www.madpanic.tv
FCS3 / After Effects CS4 / Combustion / Canon 7D / Canon XL2


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Robb Harriss
Re: Roundtrip to windows
on Apr 7, 2010 at 11:16:42 am

Combustion? Bingo. It's not at all bad, just the same as their distributed processing. How about using DropBox or Sugarsync to sync a directory to the two machines and link them over the internet? A free account should (used to anyway) accommodate 2 gigs worth of files? I've been using a shared DropBox directory to keep an entire FCS studio project in sync on two machines for a few months now.

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