I am hoping to submit a short film recently completed to a film festival. It was shot in SD on a Sony PD 150 but they require a pro res version for the festival- supplied on hard drive- if selected. How would I go about converting to Pro Res and should I expect good results or not? I have final cut pro x and compressor available and no budget left whatsoever.
Thanks for your advice,
If it was shot with a PD150 then it's DVCAM. Since FCP can handle DVCAM natively, there'd have been no need to transcode it to ProRes before editing.
To convert it to ProRes you can simply export it from FCP and choose "ProRes 422" as the export codec. Alternatively, if you already have an exported QT file of the finished project, you can open it in QT Player or MPEG Streamclip and export it as ProRes. Or you can use Compressor, but that's a little more involved since its interface isn't necessarily all that intuitive.
Quality-wise, ProRes will look identical to the original.
The original was shot on DVCAM (720x480). If edited in DV, export a QT Movie, drag that file into Compressor and choose a ProRes preset. Do not change any dimensions. The file size will be significantly larger than the DV file.
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Edit in native DV, and when you have everything ready to export, change the sequence setting by Prores and set "Render in High Precision".
Avoid exporting to DV (recompression) and then converting somewhere else to Pores.