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Benjamin Reichman
Mixing HPX500e (DVCPRO HD) and EX3 (XDCAM EX) in the same project: best workflow?
on Apr 6, 2012 at 4:47:07 pm

I'm about to start work on a half-hour documentary that mixes some EX3 footage with a lot of HPX500e DVCPRO HD footage. It's all 1080i60. We'll be cutting in FCP 7 and delivering for broadcast (we hope).

What's the best workflow? Should I transcode everything to ProRes? If so, what quality level? Or should I convert the EX3 footage to DVCPRO HD?

I have 700GB of DVCPRO HD footage and about 30GB of EX3 footage. I've never worked with footage from the HPX500e (or any DVCPRO HD) camera before. Any tips or suggestions I should keep in mind?

Also, a test import of one clip (through Log and Transfer) of the DVCPRO HD footage resulted in a clip with a reported resolution of "1280x1080." What's that about? Is that some kind of thin-raster HD resolution?


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Shane Ross
Re: Mixing HPX500e (DVCPRO HD) and EX3 (XDCAM EX) in the same project: best workflow?
on Apr 6, 2012 at 5:16:16 pm

Bring in both native...edit on a ProRes sequence.

[Benjamin Reichman] "Also, a test import of one clip (through Log and Transfer) of the DVCPRO HD footage resulted in a clip with a reported resolution of "1280x1080." What's that about? Is that some kind of thin-raster HD resolution?"

Yes. DVCPRO HD at 1080p is even more thin raster than normal (1440x1080). It expands to fill the 1920x1080 space. But yes, it is an anamorphic compression.

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Benjamin Reichman
Re: Mixing HPX500e (DVCPRO HD) and EX3 (XDCAM EX) in the same project: best workflow?
on Apr 10, 2012 at 9:05:06 pm

Thanks, Shane. It's working well, and the HPX500e footage looks amazing, by the way. Beautiful colors. I don't know what lens was used, but it frankly makes the very, very good EX3 footage look bad in comparison.


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