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Kiran Goldman
AVC-Intra Footage coming in as 1280 x 720
on Nov 22, 2010 at 8:16:15 pm

I'm brining in footage shot with the HPX-2000 using the AVC-Intra 100M codec. It is all coming in as 1280 x 720. Shouldn't it be coming in as 1920 x 1080? I looked at the meta-data associated with the MXF file and found that it was shot in AVC-Intra 100M 720p. Should the DP have shot it as 1080p since we want it to be 1920 x 1080?


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Rafael Amador
Re: AVC-Intra Footage coming in as 1280 x 720
on Nov 22, 2010 at 9:00:18 pm

Hi Kiran,
I don't work with that format, but I understand that they shot with the wrong in camera setting.
If you are delivering in 1920x1080, makes no sense to shoot 1280x720 when the 1920x1080 option was available.
rafael

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Kiran Goldman
Re: AVC-Intra Footage coming in as 1280 x 720
on Nov 22, 2010 at 9:04:10 pm

Hi Rafael,

Thanks for your reply. I'm bringing the clips in as Apple Pro Res Proxy, but they are still coming in as 1280 x 720. Is the only way to deal with them to put them through compressor to get the clips as 1920 x 1080 or is there something I can do when I am logging and transferring them to convert them to 1920 x 1080?

Thanks again!
Kiran


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Shane Ross
Re: AVC-Intra Footage coming in as 1280 x 720
on Nov 22, 2010 at 10:08:59 pm

If you shot 1280x720...then FCP brings the footage in as 1280x720. If you wanted 1080, you need to shoot 1080. THis is ALWAYS the case. FCP will bring in the footage in the format in which it was shot. Yes, you can use Compressor, or the Media Manager, to convert to 1080p, but it won't look as good as if you shot it 1080. Just know that. But it is workable.

Scold your DP.

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Rafael Amador
Re: AVC-Intra Footage coming in as 1280 x 720
on Nov 22, 2010 at 10:12:02 pm

Hi Kiram,
The best solution, I think, would be to play the clips from camera and upscale while capturing through an AJA or so.
If you have to do it by software, make a test comparing the results of your available options.
Your best options within FCS are Compressor and Motion, this one using the "Lanczos" filter.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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walter biscardi
Re: AVC-Intra Footage coming in as 1280 x 720
on Nov 23, 2010 at 1:30:18 pm

[Kiran Goldman] "Thanks for your reply. I'm bringing the clips in as Apple Pro Res Proxy, but they are still coming in as 1280 x 720. Is the only way to deal with them to put them through compressor to get the clips as 1920 x 1080 or is there something I can do when I am logging and transferring them to convert them to 1920 x 1080?"

Then your cameraman shot the footage in 720p. Quite honestly this is my preferred format for production.

This is why many of us use capture cards such as the AJA Kona boards. In your case, I would edit the entire project in 720p and then simply output it to 1080 in realtime at the end of the project. The Kona board does a realtime 720 to 1080 conversion so there's no need to go to Compressor or anything else like that.

This was our Post process for "Good Eats" on the Food Network. They shot everything in 720 / 30, we did the edit in 720 / 60 and once the show was done, converted it to 1080 / 60i in realtime as it was laid down to tape.

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Steve Eisen
Re: AVC-Intra Footage coming in as 1280 x 720
on Nov 23, 2010 at 1:35:38 am

[Kiran Goldman] "Should the DP have shot it as 1080p since we want it to be 1920 x 1080?"

That would be a question for the DP, not the people answering in this forum and the P2 forum.

Steve Eisen
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