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phoebe brush
h.264 to digibeta ... ok? or major quality loss
on Mar 2, 2013 at 11:00:34 pm

So I am in a terrible situation where my system crashed and my back-ups are not cooperating. My film is finished and I have a back-up of it on h.264 but was planning to make a few more small changes before calling it final. Now that looks unlikely. Obviously I am an idiot for not having better back-ups.

I have a festival screening coming up and they require a Digibeta. A. is it possible to use the file compressed as h.264 for the transfer and B. if so, will I lose a lot of quality? THANK YOU for ANY thoughts you have.


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Shane Ross
Re: h.264 to digibeta ... ok? or major quality loss
on Mar 3, 2013 at 1:01:47 am

Depends on the data rate of that H.264, and frame size. I've delivered high quality H.264s for news delivery.

The H.264 will have to be converted again...to ProRes, so that FCP can play it out to the Digibeta deck. Or converted to an Avid codec...however you get it out to tape. It won't look as good as the original...but it might not look bad. Again, depending on how compressed it is.

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Rafael Amador
Re: h.264 to digibeta ... ok? or major quality loss
on Mar 3, 2013 at 5:03:04 am

Don't you have your Final Cut project with the original footage?
rafael


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phoebe brush
Re: h.264 to digibeta ... ok? or major quality loss
on Mar 3, 2013 at 8:33:14 pm

no, that's the problem. i have the footage but the most recent project file is tied up. I'm working on retrieving it from crashplan but i'm up against some deadlines. since i have the h.264 version i was hoping there was a chance i'd be ok. thanks for asking.


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Simon Modery
Re: h.264 to digibeta ... ok? or major quality loss
on Mar 4, 2013 at 8:25:40 am

Will you transfer a 1080 H264 onto a SD Digibeta?

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