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Iain Wilson
Capturing IMX tape from J-30 deck into Final Cut Pro
on Jun 28, 2010 at 6:10:29 pm

Hi, I'm attempting to capture 75 hours worth of IMX tape from a J-30 deck into Final Cut Pro.
I'm using the ilink DV output into my Power Mac capturing on FCP version 6.06.

I am able to capture footage but really not happy with the quality of it, when I view the footage strait from the deck on my TV it looks really crisp, but when I play my captured footage in FCP it looks very poor.

Could someone help me with my capture settings, I have never used IMX tape before I really need led through it step by step.

Also not sure what the best Sequence settings should be

This is what I can tell you:
It was shot in 16:9 but it shows up squished so I think it's anamorphic 16:9
The tape is 525i

I really dont know anymore than that.

Hope someone can help

Thanks

Iain



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Shane Ross
Re: Capturing IMX tape from J-30 deck into Final Cut Pro
on Jun 28, 2010 at 7:23:00 pm

Well, you are converting the IMX format to DV...the lowest end broadcast SD format out there. That's really ruining your footage. It would be far better to have a Capture card connected to this chain and to capture as DV50, or ProRes NTSC, or uncompressed 10-bit.



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Iain Wilson
Re: Capturing IMX tape from J-30 deck into Final Cut Pro
on Jun 28, 2010 at 7:47:59 pm

Hi shane,

Thanks for your advice, The only other piece of hardware I have is a canopus ADVC-300 would I be better using this?




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Shane Ross
Re: Capturing IMX tape from J-30 deck into Final Cut Pro
on Jun 28, 2010 at 8:33:32 pm

[Iain Wilson] " The only other piece of hardware I have is a canopus ADVC-300 would I be better using this? "

SOrry, that converts to DV too. You'd be better off with something like the Matrox MXO2 LE or Decklink Intensity Pro, or AJA Kona LHi.



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walter biscardi
Re: Capturing IMX tape from J-30 deck into Final Cut Pro
on Jun 28, 2010 at 7:39:13 pm

[Iain Wilson] "I am able to capture footage but really not happy with the quality of it, when I view the footage strait from the deck on my TV it looks really crisp, but when I play my captured footage in FCP it looks very poor."

That's because you're capturing into DV. Capture to ProRes or Uncompressed 8bit and that will improve the quality of your footage.

Also, you are monitoring this on a proper external monitor, you're not judging the quality by the FCP Canvas, correct?

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Iain Wilson
Re: Capturing IMX tape from J-30 deck into Final Cut Pro
on Jun 28, 2010 at 7:45:57 pm

Yes I Authored a dvd of the footage to check the quality on the TV still poor!!!
So to capture in progress do I still use the iLink output from the J-30 Deck?
Or do I need another piece of hardware?

Thanks for all your advice!!!

Iain


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walter biscardi
Re: Capturing IMX tape from J-30 deck into Final Cut Pro
on Jun 28, 2010 at 7:51:00 pm

[Iain Wilson] "Yes I Authored a dvd of the footage to check the quality on the TV still poor!!!"

Ok. You took compressed IMX footage, you compressed it again when you captured it via DV and then you compressed it again to make the authored DVD. Of course the video still looks poor, in fact it's worse than what you captured using your method.

You need to connect an external monitor directly to your Final Cut Pro system to be able to judge quality.


[Iain Wilson] "So to capture in progress do I still use the iLink output from the J-30 Deck?
Or do I need another piece of hardware?"


I would recommend an AJA Kona LHi so you can capture to ProRes and you'll be able to monitor the output from the card directly to a proper monitor.

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