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Old November 10th, 2010, 07:14 PM   #1
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Workflow for best end result when going to DVD when shot with DVCAM DSR250

Workflow for best end result when going to DVD when shot with DVCAM DSR250

Ok, I know that I donít have the best video camera for todayís standards, however I try to only spend on what is coming into my part time business from the revenue that it brings in (or at least trying to J) , as I do more, I have been buying more items and its not cheap to do it right!!!)
Some backround. Here is my normal workflow.
Shoot with a DSR-250 on DVCAM tape
Capture using firewire
Create a timeline to match my video DV/NTSC (Final Cut Sudio 2)
Send my audio to Sound Track Pro then round trip it back
Color correct my video
Edit video I want in the project
Create titles in Motion then round trip back to project.
Preview final project on NTSC Monitor using black magic PCI card
Export timeline to QuickTime file
Turn video in DVD mpeg & dts files using compressor
Build DVD menus, features and build on drive then output to DVD.

Ok, that is my work flow, it works fine have never had a problem with it. So why am I writing then, well here is my dilemma. Everything is fine when the video is played on a normal TV (Interlaced like my preview monitor). However when I play it back on my HDTV its not too bad (The DVD player stretches it to fit the TV, as most of my clients DVD would do), except the RED, GREENS looks blocky. My titles also donít look that good, I know that its progressive and I shoot interlaced and I did not deinterlace it (every time I have tried I donít like the look, it looks soft and fuzzy). I also tried DV50 same result.
Here is what I shoot, mostly Childrenís & High School Stage Performances, so the lighting is all over the place, I must control my camera manually and a lot of hot spots due to stage lighting. I have been shooting for 4 years now and have been learning allot, I just want to deliver the best product at a reasonable cost.
So I asked my question above (Workflow for best end result when going to DVD when shot with DVCAM DSR250) because I have been playing with ProRes 422, as a test I ran my newly captured video through ProRes 422 it and also deinterlaced it at the same time.I the burned it to a DVD to test on my HDTV, I do have to say ProRes 422 looks much better, everything in the video. Now my file is huge but I can live with that. I also ran a test by changing just the timeline to ProRes 422 in Final Cut and the end result did not look the same, it looked fuzzy or soft.
So what workflow will give me the best result for delivering the best quality on a DVD?
I know this question has most likely been asked many times over, but I could not find it on this forum (Maybe I didnít look the right way).
Thanks 
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