I've read past COW posts and answers, but I still need a little more glimmer of understanding about at what point I should to be working ProRes HQ vs. ProRes standard.
The original multitudinous camera clips are 8-bit 1080 23.98 mp4 and will all be converted to a ProRes format prior to edit. The project is straight documentary, but with some dramatic dissolves, and occasional selective focus and vignette effects. We'll do simple color correct as we go, but wait until a locked fine cut before grading.
I know the 8-bit original images are what they are, but will HQ make a difference in terms of banding with dissolves to/from black or white color solids? With blurs and gradations in vignette outer areas? For simple but important color correction like improving tungsten / daylight balances decently enough so the client does not worry?
We'll go the extra distance in conversion time and sequence rendering if the HQ work space would confirm, as we move forward, which shots work best for the above needs.
I know the original clips will see no improvement to their quality, they are what they are. Here I'm asking whether new elements that I layer with those clips will render cleaner in an HQ workspace-- a slow fade to a black or white color solid will often create banding, as might a blurred area within the frame. I mean elements or changes that are generated on the sequence and mixed with the clips.
That goes for color correction as well- does adjusting the values on an HQ sequence yield different results than a standard PR sequence?