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Old June 27th, 2007, 10:49 PM   #1
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hello,

i have been using Premiere 2 for about 2yrs now and until 2 months earlier, I noticed that i was getting very disappointed with the way premiere handled my video. I recently purchased a camera thats HD and down converting in premiere to dvd has resulted in some very blurry video thats lacking that hd sweetness.

Color Correction in premiere is a pain to say the least and my final product on h264/quicktime always ends up looking hazy/smoky and lacking that colorful picture. Today at work i found myself seriously contemplating getting an apple system just for the editing and color correcting the videos.

I'm I alone in this thought or are there other people here that found or keep finding themselves in the same situation?

i use premiere and adobe media encoder just plainly disappoints in quality. so now i use premiere-> debug_frameserve-> TMPGEnc express then to high quality h264 file, then to quicktime and i bring the quality of the video/audio down for final product. This is extremely painful and i think paying $799 for a product that ditches you at the end is unacceptable.

anyone find good ways to color correct in premiere? what options do you use? outputting for web/dvd, what solutions do you use?
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Old June 28th, 2007, 08:32 AM   #2
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You just need to learn the tricks. The trick for the HD to is to edit HDV and then import that into a standard definition project, resize the scale parameter to fit the frame, then export. That improves quality quiet a bit.

The color correcting I never had a problem with it. It just takes practice. I find RGB Curves pretty useful.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 11:07 AM   #3
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The scaling down issue is apparently fixed in Premiere Pro CS3 so the extra woraround (which works just fine) will no longer be necessary.
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Old June 28th, 2007, 09:04 PM   #4
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You just need to learn the tricks. The trick for the HD to is to edit HDV and then import that into a standard definition project, resize the scale parameter to fit the frame, then export. That improves quality quiet a bit.

The color correcting I never had a problem with it. It just takes practice. I find RGB Curves pretty useful.

isnt that the same thing as just exporting the dvd. i mean you have a project thats HDV and it moves it to DVD and you will still end up with the same picture wouldnt you?
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Old June 29th, 2007, 08:20 AM   #5
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You would think it would be the same but there is a bug with Premiere on this issue. It will be fixed in CS3 but for 2.0 you need to import the project into a new SD project.
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Old June 29th, 2007, 09:31 AM   #6
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Kalulu, there are alternatives that will yield a much better picture compared to the "import into SD project" method. Trust me, I tested them all.

See http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=70792. All you need in addition to what you already have (PremPro and TMPGEnc) is a freeware, VirtualDub, for resizing.
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