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Richard Walton
DV Tape to FCP
on Jan 10, 2012 at 2:32:58 am

I have some SD MiniDV archival tapes that I want capture video from and ultimately process in FCPX for online use. I have begun the process and am capturing and doing a rough cut edits in FCP 6 (Leopard). I have noticed some of the captured clips (NTSC 720x480) have a narrow vertical black margin on the left and right. Using the Motion Tab and increasing size to 102% is enough to eliminate these margins.

-Motion Tab at 102%, Crop, or another method?? - which method will degrade the video the least?

I plan to bring clips into Tiger and use "Encode Selected Video Files"
480p, Higher Quality (xxx.mov encodes to xxx.m4v) to preprocess clips for final edits, audio & color balancing in FCPX

-Is there an alternate means of processing the clips that will result in better quality clips?

Thanks!

Dick Walton
Natural History Services
http://www.rkwalton.com


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Steve Eisen
Re: DV Tape to FCP
on Jan 10, 2012 at 3:41:56 am

Capture and edit in DV-NTSC. You not going to get any better quality by doing anything else.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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Richard Walton
Re: DV Tape to FCP
on Jan 10, 2012 at 5:14:57 am

Thanks Steve -

Any thoughts on my first question - how to remove black edges?

Dick Walton
Natural History Services
http://www.rkwalton.com


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Chris Tompkins
Re: DV Tape to FCP
on Jan 10, 2012 at 11:06:22 am

If you're going out to DVD or Tape, you will not see those edges on the final.

But you got it right, you can zoom in a little to hide it. Like if you're playing it back on a comp...

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Richard Walton
Re: DV Tape to FCP
on Jan 10, 2012 at 12:49:49 pm

Steve:

Many thanks for your ideas.

Dick

Dick Walton
Natural History Services
http://www.rkwalton.com


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