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Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders
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Old May 6th, 2010, 12:06 PM   #1
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Importing Footage Question

I'm trying to figure out a problem I've been having and also trying to put together a solid workflow for myself for the highest quality output. I'm currently working on a commercial that will be mainly for web delivery but DVD will come a little down the road. I've edited my project and exported it using the following settings:

Using Quicktime conversion: Compression: H.264 Bitrate: 5000 kbits :Dimensions: 1920x1080.

When I review the exported copy I'm noticing some noise and pixels.

The footage was imported onto the system from the camera to FCP using the HDV capture preset then I use a sequence preset of Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).

So my questions: Is the process listed above the best way to go for absolute best output?

Another question: How should I be importing from tape if I plan to output to DVD or Bluray? Using the HDV preset or anything else?
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Old May 6th, 2010, 01:31 PM   #2
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Using Quicktime conversion: Compression: H.264 Bitrate: 5000 kbits :Dimensions: 1920x1080?

Man, 1920x1080 needs more than 10.000 kbits. At 12k-15k you can get good quality.
Remember that AVCHD works at 24k, and more or less the same to Blu-ray.

For DVD you can get good quality at 6.500 VBR with 192 AC3 (audio). More or less 1 hour and 20 minutes on single layer DVD.
Best quality at 9.000 (CBR or VBR) but not all the players can get this speed (stops, hangs).
More safe is 8.000 or less.
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