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Chip Hess
Mixed Rez on Editing Reels
on Jun 3, 2013 at 10:59:37 pm

I have a lot of both SD material and HD.
How do you all deal with this?

Separate reels?
Uprez the SD?
Letter/Windowbox the SD
in a HD frame?

Thoughts, anyone?


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Mixed Rez on Editing Reels
on Jun 4, 2013 at 1:29:55 pm

I have separate reels for SD and HD. But there's a good reason for my doing it this way - from 1994 to 2009 I worked exclusively in SD, since I was at a broadcast facility which was SD. After that, nearly everything I've worked on has been HD, so it was easy to base my separate reels on format.

I see documentary work all the time on PBS and other stations which mix SD and HD, windowing the SD stuff center screen. I've also seen some interesting approaches where the SD was in multiple windows, some with color or opacity effects on them. I would base my personal decision on the content - creativity is just fine on a demo reel.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Jonathan Ziegler
Re: Mixed Rez on Editing Reels
on Jun 4, 2013 at 2:38:23 pm

I think it can also depend on the reel you're making. You can make a creative reel using SD footage on an HD reel. I love the way SD footage loses rez in an HD timeline - I deliberately blur it, oversharpen, mess with colors, zoom way in, etc. If you're worried about resolution, look at how you're presenting it. I've used several SD clips as tiny, layered fly-by clips in AE or Motion. You could also put 6 SD clips on a single HD frame and show 6 clips all at once.

I don't feel you have to lose your footage when the formats change, but you need to get creative about what you do.

I'm already seeing whispers of 4K TVs and how to integrate HD and 2K footage into a 4K timeline. Take it as a given that the formats will remain long enough for you to make your money and long enough for the manufacturers to make theirs and then they will all embrace a new format and we have to change everything all over again and then we'll be having this conversation again. ;)

Save early. Save often.

Jonathan Ziegler

http://www.electrictiger.com
520-360-8293


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Nick Griffin
Re: Mixed Rez on Editing Reels
on Jun 4, 2013 at 6:59:27 pm

I've just done what I assumed to be the norm. Up-rez the SD and add pillars. This then inter-cuts quite nicely with the HD material.

The best looking method I've found so far for the up-rez is to play out the material from one editing system into the other via SDI and then have the receiving machine (in this case an AJA Kona 3) perform the up-rez conversion.

For the pillars I've used Digital Juice JumpBacks with the 4x3 hole cut in After Effects. I've selected a few JumpBacks for their coloration, relative to the SD clips and for their simplicity. I've then de-saturated and darkened them so there's some motion going on, but nothing that will distract from the SD shows.


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Emre Tufekcioglu
Re: Mixed Rez on Editing Reels
on Jun 5, 2013 at 6:40:33 pm

"I've just done what I assumed to be the norm. Up-rez the SD and add pillars. This then inter-cuts quite nicely with the HD material."

To add to what Nick recommended; I would fill the pillars with the original video blown up 130% and out of focus (and slightly darker, maybe 80%).

Emre Tufekci
http://www.productionpit.com



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Shane Ross
Re: Mixed Rez on Editing Reels
on Jun 5, 2013 at 6:40:37 pm

Being Native American, "mixed rez" has a different meaning to me. But as an editor...I know what you mean. Just put a picture in my head.

Shane
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