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Aryn Leigh
DVCPRO 59.94 export settings?
on Dec 12, 2013 at 8:00:47 am

It's the eleventh hour here and I'm exporting a bunch of our films to be professionally authored by our DVD vendor back east.

Now- We're editing in a DVCPRO 59.94 720p timeline, in FCP 7, and I was told by our DVD guy that "Either DVCPro or ProRes is fine" to export for him.

When I export an uncompressed QT file, then compress in compressor to DVCPro, (I'm essentially just stripping the file of it's FCP container, right?) the final clip looks extremely degraded.

But when I export straight out of FCP using "quicktime conversion", things look pretty crisp. Is this the correct way to export and retain maximum quality? And why is this?

I also have ProRes 29.97i 1920x1080 footage that I've exported as Self-contained, then compressed in compressor, and the results look surprisingly clean, with no generation loss.

Why does the DVCPro file look so lossy when taken into Compressor, but ProRes does not?


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