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Old August 26th, 2006, 02:15 AM   #1
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Redrock Micro and image flip, loss in quality in post?

it has been explained to me, and please correct me if i'm wrong, that any effect, transition, most anything other than a simple straight cut edit, involves a renderering (although today's g5's do it faster than real time), there's still mathmatical computations and truncating of data or rounding off of data - thus a minor loss in quality...

now my question is: with the Redrock Micro, obviously every frame has to go through the image flip in post, and therefore the above mentioned hoops, bells, and whistles, so is the quality loss just negligible of this type of "effect" (an image flip)...

any Redrock Micro people care to chime in...
(i originally posted with P&S, and it was suggested i come here...thanks)

your thoughts would be appreciated,
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Old August 26th, 2006, 12:15 PM   #2
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I've never noticed a loss in quality with 180 degree rotations.
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Old August 26th, 2006, 02:06 PM   #3
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In a way, you're right; unless your work files are uncompressed, which would be huge, you're going to have to stay inside the bounds of whatever compression you're working in (usually the 25mbit/sec mpeg-2 compression you imported in), so everytime you render an effect, your video gets run through the same compressor. That's why Cineform is great for HDV, because it converts your files to heftier, more flexible video that can be manipulated without "generation loss". But since rotating 180 degrees doesn't add or subtract data, the compressor has little effect if any on the resulting image anyway.
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Old August 27th, 2006, 01:46 AM   #4
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i'll start opposite words to Ben :). In a way You're wrong... re-placing pixels(or group of pixels) shouldn't generate any loss from itself. Theres no compression algoritm what says heads should be upper screen and be aware if You see a man with earring in his left ear.
...but it if You haven't habit to work with only uncompressed(or lossless compression) videodata then flipping evoke just another lossy compression step in between Your camera footage and Your final piece.
So, i don't have so huge storage to have habit to work with only losless codecs, thatswhy i worked out following workflow.

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Old August 27th, 2006, 05:15 AM   #5
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Just make sure you're onlining progressive footage. With FCP 4.5 I have noticed a difference. In general, it depends on a couple of factors, I think: recording mode, NLE and a Good Eye.

If you have the time and internal urge, I would try using Shake, which is a bargain these days. And it's good fun.
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