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Libby Austin
Using 1080i in an SD timeline
on Mar 28, 2014 at 7:04:49 pm

Hi-
I have a FCP7 timeline that is mainly composed of SD material, so it is an SD timeline. 720x480, 29.97, to be exact.
I have a few shots that are HDV- 1080i60 (1440x1080), 29.97 fps.
The timeline looks fine for all of the SD footage but the HD footage looks like crap. I have tried changing the field dominance in the sequence settings, because the sequence has upper field dominance and the HD has lower field dominance, but that didn't help so I changed it back.
Any suggestions on how to improve the look of the HD in my SD timeline?
thanks,
Libby

Libby


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jerry wise
Re: Using 1080i in an SD timeline
on Mar 28, 2014 at 9:35:09 pm

you could click on your HD clip and then click on Effects/Video Filters/Video/Shift Fields.


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Mark Suszko
Re: Using 1080i in an SD timeline
on Mar 28, 2014 at 9:55:08 pm

We could use a more detailed and technical description of what "looks like crap" actually means. That might help us figure out how to fix it. Describe the bad footage or post a still here if possible.


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Libby Austin
Re: Using 1080i in an SD timeline
on Mar 29, 2014 at 2:28:25 am

Well- hmm, summoning my powers of description…
it looks blurry, sort of low res, and the shot itself is a pan, so there's a jerky quality to it… plus there are some horizontal and vertical lines in the shot and they flicker during the pan. Hope that gives you some clues.
thanks,
Libby

Libby


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Using 1080i in an SD timeline
on Mar 28, 2014 at 10:06:19 pm

Hmmm..... there's something fishy about those field orders.

In my experience, 720x480 is LOWER field first, and 1080 footage is UPPER field first, not vice-versa. This could be causing you all sorts of grief.

And of course, you'll want to fix the inevitible squeezing that occurs when you put an HD 16x9 clip into an SD 4x3 FCP edit timeline. You might even want to scale it up a bit and re-frame the shot.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Libby Austin
Re: Using 1080i in an SD timeline
on Mar 29, 2014 at 2:32:01 am

thanks, Dave. I'll switch the fields around and see what happens.
How would I go about scaling up and reframing? Take the size up from the current 50 and move the shot around in the frame?
Libby

Libby


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Using 1080i in an SD timeline
on Mar 31, 2014 at 5:12:52 pm

You'll find the tools in FCP's Motion effects.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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