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Old October 30th, 2005, 10:52 AM   #1
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The new AIC in Final Cut Pro 5

How's the new Apple Intermediate Codec in FCP 5? I didn't mind the one in iMovie HD too much, but the artifacting wasn't too good. Is it cleaner?

I'm thinking about editing in a DI because of the long GOP structure of HDV (one I frame every 15 frames) and color correcting, seeing the footage via scrubbing, etc., is a nightmare.

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Old October 30th, 2005, 06:58 PM   #2
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How's the new Apple Intermediate Codec in FCP 5? I didn't mind the one in iMovie HD too much, but the artifacting wasn't too good. Is it cleaner?

I'm thinking about editing in a DI because of the long GOP structure of HDV (one I frame every 15 frames) and color correcting, seeing the footage via scrubbing, etc., is a nightmare.

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heath

Heath,

If you put enough memory in your G5, HDV editing in FCP 5.0 is great. As far as the MPEG nature, it's a non issue reagarding compositing and color correction. The edits go into a 4:4:4 color space before the final render so it's just as good as converting everything to uncompressed and then rendering the final product.

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Old October 30th, 2005, 07:02 PM   #3
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So editing native HDV is okay? What about cutting on non-I frames? I'm guessing the AIC isn't as good in FCP 5 then?

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Old November 7th, 2005, 01:38 PM   #4
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Heath - FCP5 does something called split GOP editing, which means if you cut in the middle of a GOP (which 14 times out of 15 you probably will) then FCP iserts a NEW i-frame inside. Obviously this isn't HDV anymore as there are now going to be irregular I-frames all over the place, but the advantage is when you send the stuff back to the camera/deck in HDV it only needs to render any split GOPs (plus effects, CC, etc), rather than the entire timeline, which I think other NLEs do have to do when exporting HDV to tape.
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Old November 7th, 2005, 03:09 PM   #5
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AIC has improved a lot, but there's no batch capture or deck control with it, which makes it painful.

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Old November 7th, 2005, 11:56 PM   #6
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But, as I've tested, AIC still captured darker.

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