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John Cambell December 19th, 2008 09:42 PM

Best format??
I have final cut pro and a canon xh a1 and shoot all my footage either 24f or 30f. Which is the best import codec to use to get the best quality and overall results. I have been using the HDV 1080p24 or HDV 1080p30. Should I be using the apple ProRes or Apple ProRes 422 (HQ). Which preset is the best one?

Mike Barber December 20th, 2008 11:29 AM

I suggest you go to the Apple Discussion board for FCP and search for "HDV ProRes" and read the many informative threads. In fact, here's the link. Regular poster 'Studio X' puts it simply: Capture HDV, set the sequence renderer to ProRes.

One post I would like to quote is from Zak Ray:

ProRes does not make your HDV footage look any better than it if it was just HDV. The only advantages lie in ease of editing (Google "I-frames") and increased quality while color grading / adding graphics/ compositing. If you don't need these advantages, you don't need ProRes.

Mike Barber December 20th, 2008 11:33 AM

Another good post here from Jason Livingston.

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