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Old December 17th, 2005, 03:36 AM   #1
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HDV and DV together in the same project...

HDV and DV together in FCP 5.03

Ok if I want to use both HDV and DV in the same project;
what is the "smartest" way to do this?

I still want to have as high resolution as possible but at the same time
find a nice workflow between the formats.
The end product is going to be a SD-DVD.

Looking forward to a smart workflow.

Thanks.

Carl

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Old December 17th, 2005, 09:01 AM   #2
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What kind of camera did you use? If it was one of the Sony's then the simplest approach would be to set i.Link downconvert and just capture the HDV footage as regular DV.

I haven't yet tried scaling HDV down to 720x480 with FCP 5, but have read that it doesn't do any better job than the in-camera downsampling. Maybe there's some other Mac software that can do this better?
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Old January 8th, 2006, 03:42 AM   #3
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HDV and DV in the same project...

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What kind of camera did you use? If it was one of the Sony's then the simplest approach would be to set i.Link downconvert and just capture the HDV footage as regular DV.

I haven't yet tried scaling HDV down to 720x480 with FCP 5, but have read that it doesn't do any better job than the in-camera downsampling. Maybe there's some other Mac software that can do this better?
Thanks,

Yes maybe a simple way is to let the cams downcovert everything to DV,
but listening to comments around; that it should be better to stay HDV
in Final Cut all the way through Master; and then downconvert the final film
to SD/DVD for better and cleaner result...?

Questions;
1.) Is it best to stay HDV all the way and let the NLE do the downcoversion to SD for the way for best looking result?

2.) If I have some DV that I want to ad in the HDV sequence before downconverting to SD in the end; should I resize the DV for the HDV project, and when final film is done, downconvert the whole film to SD for DVD distribution? ( the DV material is only 5-10% of the film )

Looking forward to hear from some smart workflow.

All the best

Carl

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Old January 8th, 2006, 04:20 AM   #4
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i recently had to intermix DV 480i footage with HDV 1080i in FCP5. I just upressed the DV to HDV size in FCP, then used compressor to downres for DVD output straight from the timeline.

works really well, i couldnt tell that the DV footage was screwed around with.
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Old January 8th, 2006, 04:25 AM   #5
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i recently had to intermix DV 480i footage with HDV 1080i in FCP5. I just upressed the DV to HDV size in FCP, then used compressor to downres for DVD output straight from the timeline.

works really well, i couldnt tell that the DV footage was screwed around with.
Thanks for your quick answer,
Did you just drag/resize the DV 480i material in the FCP Sequence window to match the HDV 1080i size?
Which Compressor way did you go?

Thanks

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Old January 8th, 2006, 04:29 AM   #6
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Thanks for your quick answer,

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Old January 8th, 2006, 05:45 AM   #7
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Thanks for your quick answer,
Did you just drag/resize the DV 480i material in the FCP Sequence window to match the HDV 1080i size?
Which Compressor way did you go?

Thanks
yep. typed in the resize amounts manually instead of using the wireframes.
as for compressor, i had a 10 minute film, so i just outputed "DVD: Best Quality 90 min".

i'm sure i could have gone at a higher bit rate but i havent tested any other settings other than the included presets for fear of incompatiblities. DV looks untouched, and HDV looks amazing (in SD of course).
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Old January 8th, 2006, 06:07 AM   #8
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yep. typed in the resize amounts manually instead of using the wireframes.
as for compressor, i had a 10 minute film, so i just outputed "DVD: Best Quality 90 min".

i'm sure i could have gone at a higher bit rate but i havent tested any other settings other than the included presets for fear of incompatiblities. DV looks untouched, and HDV looks amazing (in SD of course).
Thanks! Looking forward to try that!

All the best

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Old January 11th, 2006, 08:48 PM   #9
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Theoretically an HDV project downrezzed to SD at the end looks better than an SD project made from HDV footage downrezzed in the camera upon capture, but my experience shows me that there is very little difference between the end results of work done these two ways. Either way looks better than shooting SD.

On the other hand there is one real advantage to working with HDV footage on an SD project and that is that you can zoom all the way in to 1/4 of the screen without loosing resolution! Now that is cool!

Another advantage is you can render a number of formats quite well from 60i HDV: 30p, PAL, 4:3 & 16:9. As far as getting better 16:9 NTSC 16:9 goes, it's a whole lot more space, CPU and rendering time requirement for a miniscule difference that you are lucky if you can see!
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