I'm mastering out a 12-hour series. Since the import material was all analog from beta sp/DVD/Vhs/Mini DV sources is there an advantage to mastering SDI vs Analog at this point. (ie Kieran pointed out that Analog signal is clamped legal and SDI is full range) It is going to a sony 500 digi beta deck as the master. Kind Regards, Chris K. P.S. I worked out the SDI signal question from the earlier post. My synapse were misfiring due to sphinctoral humidity that temporarily enveloped my cranial lobes.
Speaking from a purely technical standpoint, SDI is the better option as it is digital and so represents the highest quality, however as media 100i is compressed it is hard to spot any real difference between analogue component using good quality, short, timed length leads and SDI.
If you are mastering a tape to send to another edit facility for further processing then it is handy to preserve the extra out-of-range detail (in clouds for instance) that is often lost via the rather brutal clamping in media 100, by going out SDI. If the master is for broadcast and you have no external legaliser, then analogue is often just a safer option.
As for SDI vs Analogue, you have probably made up your mind by now and that is great, but if I had SDI out from my M100, I would be using that, no question, but I would run a quick test recording onto my DB deck first. I would not expect to find any problems though.