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Sacha Sojic
Pan and Scan from 2K (2:40) to HD (1:78)
on Feb 4, 2011 at 3:07:30 am

Hello to all,

We're thinking of doing a pan and scan version of a theatrical movie in-house and were considering using FCP equiped with a Kona LHe to do it.

The digital master will probably be an anamorphic 2K DPX sequence, for which we will render a ProRes proxy. For each reel of the film, we will drop this proxy into a 1080 timeline and notch the clip using an EDL to facilitate the pan & scan. Of course, the proxy will be resized inside the 1080 timeline so that it fills the frame vertically, leaving only the panning work to be done, shot by shot. Once panned, we'll reconnect to the master (via Automatic Duck and After Effects) and render the 1:78 HD version to an image sequence.

The question is the following. Using the Kona LHe, will the 1080 timeline containing the 2K ProRes proxy play back in realtime while we're working on the pan & scan? We'd hate to tackle a job were every shot of a 2-hour movie needs to be rendered to check the work. I know that the Kona LHe does NOT play 2K out to 1080 (only the Kona 3 does that), but will it play 2K nested in a 1080?

Tests have been planned, of course, but I'm looking for a quick opinion before we decide to tackle the job.

The machine is a 2x2.8Ghz Quad-Core Xeon Mac Pro with 10GB of RAM.

Thanks,

S. Sojic
Montreal, Quebec


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Pan and Scan from 2K (2:40) to HD (1:78)
on Feb 4, 2011 at 3:17:40 am

[Sacha Sojic] "Using the Kona LHe, will the 1080 timeline containing the 2K ProRes proxy play back in realtime while we're working on the pan & scan?"

If you play it off a single Firewire 400 drive the answer would be no, but if you have a RAID it shouldn't be a problem.

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

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Sacha Sojic
Re: Pan and Scan from 2K (2:40) to HD (1:78)
on Feb 4, 2011 at 3:25:04 am

We do currently have an empty RAID that sustains an average of 550 Mb/s. I take it we should be ok.

Thanks David,

Sacha


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Pan and Scan from 2K (2:40) to HD (1:78)
on Feb 4, 2011 at 3:26:12 am

[Sacha Sojic] "We do currently have an empty RAID that sustains an average of 550 Mb/s. "

You'll be just fine...

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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