We have a few projects that were shot in hdv but down converted and edited in standard definition using final cut pro. Is there an efficient way to recreate an hd version from the original sd fcp file?
You will need to recapture the footage at high definition. You will have to use the Media Manager. Use the CREATE OFFLINE option to create a sequence with the settings you want. Warning...trying to online HDV via firewire is VERY problematic. Getting frame accurate recaptures is pretty difficult.
Why did you do this? Did you not know that DV and HDV have EXACTLY THE SAME data rate? Both are 3.6MB/s...take up exactly the same amount of space. Hard to believe, but they do both use the same digital tape format. HDV is heavily compressed to fit onto that tape. So capturing HDV as DV took up the same amount of space as if you captured HDV to begin with.
The only successful onlines I have done with HDV is via a capture card and a deck with RS-422 deck control, or with a Convergent Design box between the firewire only deck. I only hear of heartache and pain with people trying via firewire.
Thanks for the insight. The projects are nearly five years old. Our machines struggled with it then and most clients weren't asking for it. Now that HDV is more common, demand has increased and the machines are more capable. Thanks for saving us the hassle.