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Anmol Mishra
FCP7 workflow HD to SD scaling with zoom
on Dec 8, 2011 at 6:50:59 am

I have to make a showreel for some dancers. I filmed them in 1080p25.
I converted it to cineform using Remaster (I'm working on OSx Snow Leopard). I can use Prores using MPEG streamclip if needed.

I setup a project with custom 854x480 (for youtube 480p). I deselected User Preferences -> Editing -> Always scale clips to project size

I used the wireframe to resize the clips and move them so the dancers were filling up the frame (that was requested of me).

Now I hit the various problems that FCP has with scaling - aliasing artifacts.
People have posted that its better to use the scaling algorithms from MPEG Streamclip and other tools.

Unfortunately as I am doing a zoom and move in the same frame, I am stuck using FCP as an editor - unless someone shows me another tool where this could be done.

So how do I avoid FCPs crappy downscaling algorithms and manage to finish this frustratingly long project ?


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Chris Tompkins
Re: FCP7 workflow HD to SD scaling with zoom
on Dec 8, 2011 at 1:31:07 pm

You are better off editing @ the full res.
Shot 1080 - edit 1080
Export a "Current Settings" master.
Use that file to drop into your compression program to create your various deliverables.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Anmol Mishra
Re: FCP7 workflow HD to SD scaling with zoom
on Dec 9, 2011 at 4:35:37 am

I am using the extra resolution for framing, and using 100% would get me too close.
Is there another option ?


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Jeff Meyer
Re: FCP7 workflow HD to SD scaling with zoom
on Dec 10, 2011 at 5:44:10 am

Did you change the Motion Filtering Quality in the Video Processing tab of the Sequence Settings to Best?


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