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Old September 5th, 2008, 01:12 PM   #1
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Broadcast safe filter

2 questions:

My first 2 ski instructional projects are almost complete. I'm now finishing them and getting them ready to burn to DVD. I have a number of drawings, etc., in them. Should I put a broadcast safe color filter on them? If the answer is yes, is there a way to drop it on the entire project in a single step? So far I'm struggling to find a way to do anything but highlight groups of individual clips, then apply it to the group. Each project is over 1.5 hours long, with countless clips. I could go through and highlight each clip, but yikes what a job, there must be a better way.

BTW, the way I did the project was to build a number of individual sequences of the specific drills/chapters, then compile them into a final project sequence. Seemed an easy and organized way to work throught the project. Are their negatives to this approach, or a better way?

Thanks ahead of time for the help.

Oh yeah,,, I'm using final cut express, in case it makes a difference.
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Old September 5th, 2008, 02:49 PM   #2
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The question is if the drawings are coming in over 100% video on the video scopes. FCP treats all imported graphics as 0 to 100% video so I make the rash assumption that FCE does the same.

The broadcast safe filter does just what it says, clips the signal so that a broadcasting system doesn't transmit an overly powerful signal. This is important for over-the-air broadcast as well as satellite transmission and even cable TV transmission. DVDs are less of an issue and DV recording will clip the signal at safe 115%.

If you feel that the drawings are too intense for the viewer at 100%, you will have to treat each drawing individually in some way, the 3-way Color Corrector filter is my recommendation. If you apply a filter to the whole project (nest the sequence in a new sequence and apply the filter to the clip), you are going to adversely affect the other video in the project as well.
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