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david soriano
DV firewire capture looks horrible
on Nov 16, 2010 at 6:39:56 pm

i am running FCP 7.03 and, for the first time, captured some DV footage shot on PD-170. The playback quality in FCP viewer/canvas is horrible. Of course there's the interlacing, which is to be expected, but the resolution is bad. Soft, uber-compressed footage is all i see. Nothing like what i get when editing same DV-type footage on Leitch Velocity 8. Of course there i can set compression rate, which i normally have set at 5-7Mb/sec. Here, in FCP, we are locked in to 3.6, right? Anyway, with the DV preset that gives 3.6 i am getting horrible results. It's like worse that S-VHS, down there with VHS quality. Will it look better once output to DVD/.mov file, or am i looking at what i am going to get? Also, is there a way to change the 3.6 Mb/sec data rate to something higher, or am i stuck with this preset?

What gives, am i doing something wrong?

thanks for any help.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: DV firewire capture looks horrible
on Nov 16, 2010 at 6:46:32 pm

I'll bet you a zillion dollars that your canvas size is not set to exactly 100%. Wanna bet???

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david soriano
106%
on Nov 16, 2010 at 6:59:48 pm

it helped, a bit. Have i been looking at HD footage (EX-1) for so long that i forgot how DV looked? Is 3.6 standard rate for DV? That's kinda low, no? Is there no way to customize the capture rate?


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David Roth Weiss
Re: 106%
on Nov 16, 2010 at 7:04:15 pm

You can pay with a check or with Paypal...

DV is set in stone. You are capturing the digital information as stored on tape, it's not a reduced bitrate.

David Roth Weiss
Director/Editor/Colorist
David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles
http://www.drwfilms.com

POST-PRODUCTION WITHOUT THE USUAL INSANITY ™


A forum host of Creative COW's Business & Marketing and Apple Final Cut Pro forums. Formerly host of the Apple Final Cut Basics, Indie Film & Documentary, and Film History & Appreciations forums.


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david soriano
Re: 106%
on Nov 16, 2010 at 9:15:21 pm

that's right...i knew that. With Velocity i never captured via firewire, only component using a DV deck, so i could set bit rate.


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Rafael Amador
Re: DV firewire capture looks horrible
on Nov 16, 2010 at 7:19:28 pm

[david soriano] " Nothing like what i get when editing same DV-type footage on Leitch Velocity 8. Of course there i can set compression rate, which i normally have set at 5-7Mb/sec"
That sounds to DV50.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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