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Re: Very confused about interlace now

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Robert BrownRe: Very confused about interlace now
by on Nov 23, 2011 at 10:28:54 pm

Well "P" or progressive is one of those words like non-drop frame. The name wouldn't exist if there wasn't this other thing out there as non-drop would be just called time code, and and I guess we would just say fps and there would be no I or P if interlaced had been invented. But AE treats video or frames as P which just means every pixel in the frame gets output at the same time vs interlaced where half goes out as a chunk then the other half right after.

The reason I always thought FCP was weak in this was just from coming from a linear background where vendors who really knew video set the bar. FCP as far as I can tell when doing a slo mo processes full frames and doesn't break apart the fields. I haven't cut sd a while in FCP but I remember having to turn frame blending on for any slo mo which was pretty bad in comparison to Beta SP and Digi Beta and if you turned frame blending off they were totally unacceptable. Yeah there were fields kit, and Twixtor etc but all of that stuff seemed really slow. Avid which I've never been a huge fan of at least gave you different modes for slo mos and they got the closest I'd seen to the way VTSs were before. I always wanted AE like controls in FCP and so the Adobe suite to me is the best for all of that as you can deal with 3:2 pulldown or whatever and it's spot on.

But like I mentioned before progressive works great in FCP. And since here at Fox were 720P we don't have to deal with all of that anymore.

Robert Brown
Editor/VFX/Colorist - FCP, Smoke, Quantel Pablo, After Effects, 3DS MAX, Premiere Pro

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