I wasn't sure where to look for this question so I'm posting it. I've been working on a documentary project which has DV footage and a lot of moving images. I want the images and text to look as good as possible. I've been editing it in a DV sequence this whole time, but will plan to move it to ProRes when I'm done for the graphics and text. I'm already starting to render graphics in After Effects in ProRes to prepare ahead of time for that.
My main question is the DV footage. I'm going to be confused at what I'm going to do when it's finished. It's going to end in a DVD format. I know there's only so much you can do with DV, so what should I know as far as touching up DV footage, like certain filters or effects I should put on all of the DV to make it look the most professional? Any quick tips as far as rendering or filters, or books I should consult? I have access to Apple Color and After Effects too..
Also, there's a lot of outdoor footage of nature. I wonder if I should put a certain effect on that to make the colors the best?
DV is DV. Can't improve that. Workin in a ProRes Sequence will make the graphics look better, but you cannot improve the DV footage. The compression it is in happened in camera.
[zeke meginsky]"Also, there's a lot of outdoor footage of nature. I wonder if I should put a certain effect on that to make the colors the best?"
It's called COLOR CORRECTION. If you want it to look the best, hand it over to a professional who's job is ONLY color correction. Or, if you want to tackle things with preset looks, there is Magic Bullet Looks from redgiantsoftware.com.