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Old November 18th, 2008, 12:00 PM   #1
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Simple FCP question about desktop preview

Does anyone the exact meaning of the video playback options in Audio/Video Settings in FCP i.e. Digital Cinema Desktop Preview, Digital Cinema Desktop Preview - Raw, Digital Cinema Desktop Preview - Full Screen etc. I use Full Screen but raw is a strange size and different (better?) quality. What is the best to use for an accurate representation (I use an external HD monitor)?

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Old November 18th, 2008, 02:10 PM   #2
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Raw is actually not an odd size, it is the full frame size (whatever that might be, NTSC SD, HD, etc.) and thus not stretched, so you retain full quality. I would output to Raw if you have a 1080 monitor and 1080 footage.
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Old November 18th, 2008, 02:13 PM   #3
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Does anyone the exact meaning of the video playback options in Audio/Video Settings in FCP i.e. Digital Cinema Desktop Preview, Digital Cinema Desktop Preview - Raw, Digital Cinema Desktop Preview - Full Screen etc. I use Full Screen but raw is a strange size and different (better?) quality. What is the best to use for an accurate representation (I use an external HD monitor)?

Cheers all,

Geoff
I am not infront of my final cut system so if any of these are the wrong names, I apologize, but it is what they do .

Digital Desktop Preview: Will put your timeline on your preview monitor through your graphics card
Digital Desktop Preview - RAW : Will shot your edits, but using the raw footage (sans filters, motion tab changes, down resing or up ressing shots, etc.)

Digital Desktop Main: Same as preview but will go out your main display, not your secondary monitor.
Digital Desktop Main - RAW: Again, same as above, but on your main monitor.

The other options all go out your firewire, or io.
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Old November 18th, 2008, 02:31 PM   #4
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Geoffrey,

I already answered this question at your other location.

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/non-linea...p-preview.html
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Old November 19th, 2008, 06:51 AM   #5
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Thanks Edward and Louis for your responses. I'm clearer now though I do find that the 'raw' output does include filters and motion effects.

Apologies for the double posting - it was due to sheer incompetence (and the seeming inability on the forum to able to delete a post).
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