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Dave LaRonde
Re: ProRes 422 or HDV 1080/60i?
on Apr 18, 2012 at 6:53:51 pm

[Jim Murphy] "Should I capture in the HDV 1080/60i setting or should I use Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) setting?"

Neither of the above. Regular old ProRes 422 -- the non-HQ version -- is ideal for you. HQ gives you precisely zero additional image quality. HQ files are significantly bigger, and if large file size is your goal, you should pursue it.

[Jim Murphy] "Which is better?"

Hands-down it's ProRes 422. The reason: the image quality holds up when re-rendered, and HDV does not. HDV is very lossy and should only be considered as an acquisition codec. Since you don't reveal your normal workflow, I'm coming down on the side of preserving image quality.

[Jim Murphy] "if I do use the HDV 1080/60 setting for my captures, should I also set my Sequences to HDV 1080/60 or would it be better to set the Sequences to Prores?"

ProRes. The reason: any necessary rendering of the timeline is done the timeline's codec, and ProRes is far better for that based on the reasons above.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA

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