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rona lee
Capture/Transcoding HDV to Pro Res what settings in FCP 7 - Sony HVR - A1E/A1P camera?
on Jul 3, 2012 at 7:29:00 am

Hi All

I've done quite a bit of reading around on this and I'm still somewhat confused. I am working in the UK and intending to project my video in a gallery, using a 4,000 lumens HD projector connected to a media player. I am working on a Mac Book Pro with Firewire Drives and FCP 7. My material is recorded to tape using a Sony HVR - A1E/A1P camera (HDV1080i). I want to preserve the highest possible quality, while keeping render times manageable. At present I am intending to output the finished work using H264 (unless you have other advice?).

Am I correct in thinking that my camera records in HDV and that my best option is to transcode this on on capture to HD or Pro Res (is Pro Res the better option ?)

When I open a FCP project if I choose easy set up it asks me to set the format - HDV / HD / or Pro Res. Depending which I choose this sets up up different parameters

If ignore this and go into audio video settings I have options for

sequence preset
capture preset
device control

Does anybody have any advice on how to set these ? I'm also not sure which version of pro res would be best Proxy 422, LT 422 , 422, HQ422 or Pro res 4444.

I guess its play off between render times / disc space and quality . Might a reasonable option be ?

sequence preset - Pro Res 422 - 1920 x 1080 25p 48kHz (or should it be 24p)?
capture preset HDV - ProRes 422
device control Sony HDV Firewire
render control apple pro res

I would really appreciate a second opinion on this.

Many thanks


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