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David Kasper
Convert 3/4" NTSC to Apple ProRes at 24 fps
on Jun 9, 2015 at 8:01:27 pm

My client wants me to convert archival footage from 3/4-inch tape to Apple ProRes at 24 fps. Is this possible? How would I go about it?


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Mark Suszko
Re: Convert 3/4" NTSC to Apple ProRes at 24 fps
on Jun 10, 2015 at 3:58:11 pm

If you have a umatic deck, you need an interface/breakout box to trans-code the analog signal into a digital format.

Something like this:

http://www.markertek.com/product/bmd-int-shuttle/blackmagic-bintsshu-intens...


You say 24 FPS, is the three-quarter inch tape shot in PAL or NTSC? You'd need a PAL version of the umatic deck to handle the euro format.


There are numerous cottage services that maintain these old decks and make transfers for you. If the footage is short, they're usually more cost-effective than DIY solutions where you need to buy the deck and recondition it yourself.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Convert 3/4" NTSC to Apple ProRes at 23.976 fps
on Jun 10, 2015 at 4:03:17 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Jun 10, 2015 at 4:10:56 pm

And another thing: when you do the frame rate conversions, bear in mind that the actual film frame rate in NTSC-Land is 23.976, sometimes erroneouosly called 23.98. It's not 24... and those tiny fractional differences can come back to bite you later.

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


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