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Kevin Kerwin
Prepping DV NTSC film for release in an HD world
on Sep 14, 2010 at 6:39:09 pm

HI everyone,

Thanks ahead of time. I have an independent film which languished with a distributor for 4 years and which we finally stowed away the capital and bought back to release ourselves. It was shot back in DV Land on a DVX100 (a camera I still love) and cut on 4.5, and now we are back in the system preparing it for a "new" final master. Some initial issues: the titles now look super-shoddy on an HD screen. The image doesn't look so hot either. I assume most will be viewing the film on an HD set or a computer. So...

1. Is there a preferred QT compressor setting for the sequence that might improve image and titles?

2. Is it worth the expense to upres to 720p and what would that look like?

3. Should I remove titles and rework them?

4. Any other suggestions? Yes, sorry, I'm fishing...

Feel free to contact me off-forum if need be. I am not an expert on mastering and prepping files, and since we are doing this low-budget I, thus, have taken on this role...

Thanks again.
Kevin


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Prepping DV NTSC film for release in an HD world
on Sep 14, 2010 at 9:53:26 pm

[Kevin Kerwin] "3. Should I remove titles and rework them? "

This usually the case. Take the final footage out to a place that has a Teranex for professional upconvert, then redo all the titles/graphics in HD at a matching resolution.

Jeremy


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Kevin Kerwin
Re: Prepping DV NTSC film for release in an HD world
on Sep 15, 2010 at 2:19:59 am

Can anybody recommend some houses that do this? Or do most transfer places do it....? haven't had a need for it up until now. Thanks, K


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Prepping DV NTSC film for release in an HD world
on Sep 15, 2010 at 3:22:35 am

Call Stuart at Timecode Multimedia in Santa Monica.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Prepping DV NTSC film for release in an HD world
on Sep 15, 2010 at 1:58:52 pm

Where are you located?


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