Sorry if this is a basic workflow question....but I'm a little confused on something and keep coming up with mixed answers from older posts.
Question: in FCP, I have always log and capture all my standard DV tape, and set the sequence compressor codec to 422. But as I have recently learned, shouldn't any footage be converted to 422 before it even gets into FCP for editing? I have been converting my HD iPhone footage to 422 first, then putting it into FCP with perfect results. But that's not tape. That's put into the computer with a Nikon Transfer program.
So do I get my tape footage into the computer first with log and capture....then drag it out of FCP into Streamclip or something to convert it? Then put it back into Final Cut again...?? You certainly can't use Streamclip or Compressor to import raw tape footage can you?
Thanks once again for all the great answers in here...and sorry for the confusion.
Capture/Ingest/Conversion of SD footage will yield no additional production value. To add insult to injury it'll increase files size and boost bit-rate.
Don't be confused. You transcode footage from iPhone into ProRes because it was captured as H.264 which is no way codec for editing.
Although 422 is capable of better quality than DV, it won't make any difference to your DV footage because the extra information that it would have isn't there on the DV to start with. It's good to have your sequence in 422 when you render it out as any text or effects that you add in the editing will be better quality than if you have the sequence at DV though.
I think I was confused more about the h.264 thing concerning my iPhone and 422. From my recent research, I got myself under the impression everything should be converted first... then put into FC.
It's clear to me now....