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Don Cobble
what Best codec to go between MAC n PC in davinchi Studio 16
on Jul 17, 2020 at 7:11:41 pm

I do work on DR 16 both on MAC n PC, But the files I edit start from DR in a PC thus cannot be rendered out to ProRes. That would be the preference. DR will edit Prores on a PC but not Render out. So I have been Experimenting.
Tried
Cineform.MOV (Blacks are crushed?)
DNXHD.MOV (Blacks are Crushed?)
GV HQX.MOV (Blacks are much closer to reality) (not sure how this works on a MAC yet)
XAVC.MFX ( Blacks are crushed?)
Any recommendations on BEST codec to render out FROM PC DR that will be good on MAC DR and the blacks not get crushed? or is there a fix for these black all being crushed?
Any help would be appreciated.
Don

PC 1
I7 7820X 3.6Ghz
32 GB Ram
SSD 850 Pro OS drive
2x 850 EVO Raid 1TB
Win 10 Pro 64bit OS
WX 7100 8GB

PC 2
I7 3930K 3.2Ghz
32 GB Ram
SSD 850 Pro OS drive
2x 850 EVO Raid 1TB
Win 10 Pro 64bit OS
GTX 1080 8GB


IMAC Retina 5K 27in
4.Ghz i7 32gb Ram
AMD R9 M395X 4Mb
Mojave 10.14.1

S Vegas P13 & Vegas P17 - Adobe Production Premium CS6 - Edius WG Pro 9 - Sony Catalyst Production Suite - FCPX 10.4.3 - DaVinchi Resolve Studio 16.2

Camera's
Sony EX1 shoot in 1920x1080 30P


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Marc Wielage
Re: what Best codec to go between MAC n PC in davinchi Studio 16
on Jul 18, 2020 at 10:20:09 am

The blacks don't have to be crushed. Check Data Levels -> Video vs. Full and fix it.

It often helps to export a second or so of SMPTE Color Bars as a reference with any file, because then you can later check levels and make sure nothing has changed. This goes for Resolve or Premiere or Avid or Baselight or anything.

Also, read these articles on how and why levels change in different applications (even Resolve) and how to compensate for them:

"Grading for Mixed Delivery: Cinema, Home, and Every Screen in Between" by Cullen Kelly
https://blog.frame.io/2019/10/14/grading-mixed-delivery/

and
"How to Deal with Levels: Full vs. Video" by Dan Swierenga
https://www.thepostprocess.com/2019/09/24/how-to-deal-with-levels-full-vs-v...

and I think both cover the issues and the solutions very well. Understanding color management is also helpful:

"Color Management for Video Editors"
https://jonnyelwyn.co.uk/film-and-video-editing/colour-management-for-video...


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Don Cobble
Re: what Best codec to go between MAC n PC in davinchi Studio 16
on Jul 18, 2020 at 2:10:23 pm

Thank You so much Mr Wielage!

Don


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