Converting Standard DV to HDV Project Workflow Question at

Go Back   DV Info Net > Apple / Mac Post Production Solutions > Final Cut Suite

Final Cut Suite
Discussing the editing of all formats with FCS, FCP, FCE

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old February 1st, 2007, 01:48 PM   #1
Major Player
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Brisbane, California
Posts: 530
Converting Standard DV to HDV Project Workflow Question

Hello All;

I'm producing a documentary. We have about 50 hours of Standard definition mini-dv footage shot with a DVX100. I have dozens of hours of B-Roll as well shot on HDV with a Sony HC1 and now a Sony V1U and plan to shoot many more.

The picture quality on both HDV cams is quite remarkable especially when compared to the standard definition. However since the standard Def stuff that we are going to use are talking heads and don't necessarily need the detail of HD we are thinking of producing the entire project in HD (or HDV to be specific). The reason we think we can get away with uprezing the standard-def material is that HD can be detrimental for interviews as it reveals too much detail of the subject's faces. From then on we plan to try to keep it in HDV until final output (onto a good HD codec or other mastering formats.)

So this is going to require an up-rezing of the standard-dev DV video. Of course we want this upsampling to be of the highest quality possible. I suppose we could just have FCP render it or even use compressor on the DV clips prior to use in FCP, but I don't know if this will result in the best quality or smoothest workflow.

Does anybody have a recommendation of the Mac based product and workflow you think is best for this situation?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Keith Moreau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 1st, 2007, 01:59 PM   #2
Major Player
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Posts: 325
I would look into RedGiant Software's InstantHD - I just did a review of the plug in on UWDV.COM and it's pretty slick - might be exactly what you're looking for.

Cliff Etzel - Photographer
Website | Blog
Cliff Etzel is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

(800) 223-2500
New York, NY

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Texas Media Systems
(512) 440-1400
Austin, TX

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

(800) 323-2325
Mineola, NY

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Apple / Mac Post Production Solutions > Final Cut Suite

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:13 AM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2018 The Digital Video Information Network