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Mercedes Gonzalez
Doubts about format requests for submitting short to a festival
on Nov 14, 2014 at 10:47:24 pm

Hi everybody I have exported from FCP a quick time movie: Codec: Linear PCM H.264, 1920x1080, 23.976 fps, color profile: HD (1-1-1), and size 1.15 GB. When trying to submit it to Cinequest there is this column with several options to choose, and among others that obviously don't apply (blue-ray-NTSC, BetaSP…), there are these two that I am not sure which one applies to my short: DCP-NTSC or HDCAM-NTSC. I use the usual Apple Pro Res files to edit it, so I assume is HD but no sure. Thank you so much, your feedback is really appreciated. Have a great day. Mercedes

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Nick Meyers
Re: Doubts about format requests for submitting short to a festival
on Nov 15, 2014 at 12:59:41 am

Your file is neither a DCP, the current standard for delivery to cinemas, but maybe not for all film fests;
nor HD-Cam, an HD tape format, common for broadcast delivery, and for some film fests.

Nick


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Mercedes Gonzalez
Re: Doubts about format requests for submitting short to a festival
on Nov 15, 2014 at 3:18:19 am

Thank you very much for your response Nick, definitely helpful.

Saludos,

Mercedes

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Shane Ross
Re: Doubts about format requests for submitting short to a festival
on Nov 15, 2014 at 1:14:22 am

You need to talk to a post facility that can make a DCP (Digital Cinema Projection) file or an HDCAM tape output and see what you need to get to them in order for them to do this. Typically they will take a full res, ProRes output from you...but you need to confirm with them.

And no, this isn't something you can do yourself. HDCAM is a very high end tape format that requires an expensive deck and output card, and the knowhow to get it from FCP to the tape. And DCP...you don't have the tools to make that either. I hear that Adobe now makes that possible with Premiere Pro CC. But that's not something I myself would tackle without testing a lot. This is a high end delivery format.

I take my stuff to people who do this for a living.

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Mercedes Gonzalez
Re: Doubts about format requests for submitting short to a festival
on Nov 15, 2014 at 3:16:18 am

Hi Shane, thank you so much for the information, very helpful.

Actually I am starting to use Premiere CC 2014 too, so I will explore that when I have time, but I agree with you that if they are high end delivery formats, a post facility should take care of it.

Saludos,

Mercedes


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John Rofrano
Re: Doubts about format requests for submitting short to a festival
on Nov 17, 2014 at 2:08:39 am

Before you spend a few hundred dollars getting your footage converted to HDCAM, I thought you said they listed Blu-ray NTSC as an accepted format. Why not render them a Blu-ray compatible file from Apple Compressor?

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Mercedes Gonzalez
Re: Doubts about format requests for submitting short to a festival
on Nov 17, 2014 at 8:12:06 pm

Hi John,

Thank you so much for your response and the buck savings tip, that is a great option that it did not cross my mind at all. Also I work with the Adobe Creative Cloud so I can use Encoder too for that.

Have a great evening back in the east coast,

Mercedes

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John Rofrano
Re: Doubts about format requests for submitting short to a festival
on Nov 18, 2014 at 2:09:57 am

Hi Mercedes, You're welcome. Glad I could help out.

~jr

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