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Old April 11th, 2007, 10:56 AM   #1
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Don't Upgrade To Fcp 5.1!!!

DON'T UPGRADE TO FCP 5.1!!!

FCP 5.1 has SERIOUS banding issues when rendering footage that has Super White areas in the image!

I didn't want to upgrade to 5.1 because I was happy with 5.0.4 and wasn't going to be buying an Intel machine for awhile. But I made the HUGE mistake of letting a friend talk me into it.

Last night I set my system to render a new cut of my reel after making some tweaks and this morning I was shocked to discover that the new render has SERIOUSLY BANDING in the any area of the picture that contains Super White whites. I thought that perhaps IO didn't have the "Super White" box check in my sequence settings. But I did. I had my settings set to High Precision, Super White, Best Motion, 100%, Progressive, etc. Everything was set up correctly! I've been working with this footage for the last month as I tweak my reel and downconvert material for my DVD's. And I NEVER had a problem with 5.0.4. Now the same footage that looked great, looks like complete sh*t!!!

And just to be clear, this is footage shot in HDCAM with the F900R, captured as DVCPROHD 1080/23.98, and ALL of my settings were set correctly to handle Super White YUV etc, etc... Anything that I didn't touch from the reel before I switched looks great. But anything I touched since I switched is unusable!

DO NOT CROSS GRADE TO 5.1 UNLESS YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO!!! And even then, know that you'll be working with an inferior product than you had before!
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Old April 11th, 2007, 11:26 AM   #2
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FWIW, the "crossgrade" to 5.1 is no longer available. The only option now is an upgrade to FCS Studio 5.1 from earlier versions of FCP for $699.

Personally, I decided to sit this one out myself and am still happily using 5.0.4 on my dual G5. There are lots of rumors about a new version possibly being shown at NAB. Perhaps it will address this issue?
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Old April 11th, 2007, 11:55 AM   #3
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Indeed.

I should've said, if you cross graded but haven't loaded the new version, hold off on loading it! Continue to run 5.0.4! The renders in V 5.0.4 are noticeably superior!
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Old April 11th, 2007, 11:57 AM   #4
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Jon,

Have you downloaded OS X 10.4.9 and FCP 5.1.4? www.macfixit.com has some solutions, too.

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