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Nick Peck
Highest quality codec?
on Jun 11, 2010 at 8:07:13 pm

I am making a feature combining film, RED and Canon 5d footage. Since this is a NO budget movie(!) I am posting myself on my FCP and using a 2k ProRes444 timeline (transcoding everything to that). At this time I'm assuming I will finish the film this way (using COLOR etc).

My question concerns the 35mm and 16mm neg. I have a telecine facility who are doing me a huge favor and will, and I quote:

"(transfer to) HDcam-SR in 10bit Log RGB 4:4:4. This flat pass will preserve the integrity of your film, by providing a D-min/D-max record, so that you will have the greatest latitude for the final color correction when that time comes."

They will then digitize to a codec of my choice - using their FCP. My question is what codec shall I ask them to use? The obvious answer would be PR444 of course - but I want to have the highest quality files available just in case I can later afford a proper DI finishing process for my film at a high-end facility, and isn't ProRes still compressed?

Thankyou,

Nick
Los Angeles


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