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Old August 8th, 2009, 07:57 AM   #1
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HDV looks good on Mac bad on PC?

I was editing a project on final cut pro one day and noticed that the HDV (it was definately HDV) footage looked considerably sharper than any HDV footage I have ever seen on my own laptop. It looked crisp, without much artefacting. On my laptop however, I can clearly see encoding artifacts on this sort of footage. My screen resolution is 1400X 900 is it possible that a 20inch mac moniter has a lower resolution than that?

Or is it because we captured in FCP and not Premiere?
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Old August 10th, 2009, 10:53 AM   #2
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It depends on what you are looking at it in. If it's quicktime, then you want to go to the preferences to select high quality playback.
On my computer I have high quality OFF intentionally. So when I make a quicktime I can go into the quicktime properties and select video and check high quality -then save. That way when I give it to PC users who rarely have their quicktime preferences set to high quality, it will still playback in full quality.
Also on my machine HDV looks absolutely awful in Final Cut, but fine in After Effects... I don't know what you are using to playback, but I suppose it's possible for you to have captured low quality.
In Final Cut you should change your sequence settings to ProRes after editing.
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Old August 11th, 2009, 04:52 AM   #3
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Definately captured in high Quality HDV. On FCP it looked great, Premiere However...
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Old August 11th, 2009, 06:57 AM   #4
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Are you viewing the footage on a broadcast monitor or on the little viewer within the app?
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Old August 11th, 2009, 07:07 AM   #5
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I expect that Davd is right on the money with his line of enquiry as the gamma between Mac and PC displays is different.

This can mean that footage / images that look good on your Mac screen will be too dark on a PC screen .... which is what your clients and the rest of the world will be watching with.

This is also true for web site work (which you may or may not be targeting for reproduction).

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