I am starting a new project with a Sony HD camera (capable of 4K).
I am using avid MC 8.8.5 and I have successfully linked to the video. Folks here have suggested that I TRANSCODE ALL THE footage. Fine with me. But I am wondering what codec to use? Avid gives me these choices: DNXHD 45;
DNXHD 100; DNXHD 145; DNXHD 220; DNXHD220 X; 1:1 MXF; 1:1 p 100 MXF. I have no idea, but my previous project was DNXHD 145.
You said CAPABLE of 4K. Did you shoot 4K? If so, why are you in an HD project setting? If you want this 4K (UHD) footage to remain UHD...then you should be in a UHD project setting. This way you get access to the higher than HD codecs, like DNxHR, DNxHQ....etc.
Now...what to transcode to. Do you want to work Full resolution? Offline resolution to save space and relink to later? What is your deliverable? Where will this end up?
What is your finals delivery, 1080, UHD, 4K? You can be in a 1080 project and transcode to native source XY and fps if you want. That will give you ability to reframe with FrameFlex. If you shot 4K for 4K, then work in a 4K project, FrameFlex is meaningless at this point so just use resize or 3D Warp.
Are you planning on an offline, work at a finishing resolution??? All that defines how you might want to work.
Dear Shane, Thanks! To answer your question: I am NOT shooting 4K. But the camera is capable of it.
No, I have linked to the HD footage that I shot, which has no time code on it. Therefore, it really needs to be transcoded as soon as possible. I want to work with excellent looking footage. The film will be made for PBS distribution and also BluRays, etc. What do the different transcode possibilities mean? Which one should I use?
If your goal is to not relink back for final conform to original sources and want to work at your finishing quality (for PBS, etc.) the transcode to DNxHD 175/220 (depending on frame rate). Do you have a PBS delivery spec?
I will not be relinking to original. I hope to make it into a HD show that is consistent with PBS needs. The footage is being shot at 29.970. What codec for transcoding? And can I transcode a bunch of clips at the same time?
Thanks Michael! 145 sounds fine. Sorry for my delay in reply -- I have been sick. Here's my next question: How do I transcode all this material? It's been a long time since I did it, and at that time I was using MC 4.5. Thanks for your help!!
If you don't mind letting Media Composer do it you can choose to do it as either a foreground or background process. A background process will need a bit beefier of a system so it transcodes and you can still do other editing operations.
Link to the folder level or clip depending on which camera/codec/folder structure being used. The bin will populate with the clips from the card/drive. Highlight all and select transcode. Select settings per your needs.