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Steven Austin
Color correction: MXF vs. Pro Res???
on Sep 17, 2013 at 8:04:00 pm

Hi.
The DP on my project shot on the C300 which generated MXF files. Normally, I transcode those to Pro Res 422 and color correct that footage.

This time, to save some storage space I transcoded to Pro Res LT. They look the same to my eye, but the DP wants to color correct the MXF files. How is this achieved? It's a direct to DVD project, standard def. No Blu Rays being pressed, to my knowledge. Thanks!

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Shane Ross
Re: Color correction: MXF vs. Pro Res???
on Sep 17, 2013 at 8:38:57 pm

He wants to color correct the camera originals? Can't do that with any of the tools in Final Cut Studio. FCP doesn't work with MXF, nor does Color. You'll have to export an EDL or XML or something that'll link to the originals in Scratch or Resolve.

You can media manage and reimport those files as ProRes HQ, and use COLOR. IF they insist on going to the originals, you'll have to look to alternative software.

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Steven Austin
Re: Color correction: MXF vs. Pro Res???
on Sep 18, 2013 at 1:08:23 am

My understanding is that he wants access to all the raw data on MXF, grade on DaVinci or Resolve. In any case, I am not a colorist.

What do I need to do to make that info available to him? Literally every project I've worked on in FCP7 stayed in FCP7, so I'm not familiar with EDLs. Advice? Thanks!


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Shane Ross
Re: Color correction: MXF vs. Pro Res???
on Sep 18, 2013 at 1:15:42 am

Well, who will be the colorist? That's who I'd ask. Workflow depends on what they use, and they will know how to make it work.

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Rainer Wirth
Re: Color correction: MXF vs. Pro Res???
on Sep 19, 2013 at 2:55:05 pm

MXF is just a container, not a codec!
MXF containers can hold any video/audio format. In FCP you have to unload the MXF container, more modern editing systems don't need to unwrap the video/audio files. If you do CC I would always use a proper editing Codec such as Prores or Avids Dnx codec.

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