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Old June 19th, 2008, 05:43 AM   #1
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Can someone tell me if one uses an intermediate codec for capturing HDV footage is there a loss of quality as oppossed to just editing in native hdv or is the only draw back of intermediate codecs the extra space one needs. Sorry i know this is worded badly. i hope there is someone who understands what I'm asking. thanks in advance, tim
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Old June 19th, 2008, 06:29 AM   #2
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When you capture to an intermediate codec (assuming it is a lossy codec, not uncompressed), there will be a degradation of the image. With a codec like Cineform's the loss is not significant (visually lossless). A big advantage to using a codec like Cineform's is that you can re-compress several times with far less degradation to image quality (compared to HDV MPEG2 compression).
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