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Shane Ross
Re: FCP/HDV, to broadcast submission Digibeta format?
on Nov 11, 2009 at 10:24:32 pm

[Chris Simpson] " Can you easily convert the finished content assumingit ticks all the other boxes to digibeta? "

Yup. Get an HD capture card and it is as simple as just outputting to tape. Have the card downconvert the footage as you play out, in real time. Very easy.

[Chris Simpson] "accepting how difficulty is involved in editing a programme in a codec in FCP, adding the slate, countdown clocks, bars and tone, etc etc. "

Edit in HDV, output to Digibeta. Easy. Better yet, edit as ProREs...but HDV works fine. Adding a slate...simple TEXT. Countdown, also easy. Bars and tone...all there in the Viewer, just add to the timeline. This is the EASY part. Prepping the show for broadcast, making sure it fits broadcast specs in terms of video not going over 100IRE nor under 0 IRE, and that audio on CH 1 and 2 are a stereo mix, and 3&4 are mix minus narration (or whatever the requirement is)...this is a touch more difficult.

[Chris Simpson] "I mean could I turn up with a mac book pro with the finished programme in an intermediate codec dvc pro HD or some high end codec, at production house, and plug the laptop into a digbeta deck and see it finished for submission, and be acceptable?"

No. You need to be able to connect the MBP to a deck...for that you'd need a capture card. But it would be VERY easy to export a Quicktime movie and take THAT on a hard drive to a facility with FCP that can output to tape. But you need to make sure that QT file already has the video in broadcast specs, the audio in broadcast specs...because all they will do is output. Unless you hire someone to online the show...color correct and finish it to make it fall within broadcast specs.

[Chris Simpson] "And no one the wiser, Or bothered, that it was shot on HDV?"

Very few people care about what format it was shot on. Only high end networks and high end cable networks really have a say in that.


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