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Old December 15th, 2008, 10:58 AM   #1
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Procedure question - shooting for slow mo with 720p24 FCP timeline

Hey gang - thanks for your help in advance.

I'll be shooting this week, and I know that ultimately I want a 720p24 finished product. However, if I'm going to be including some slow-motion shots, what is the best way to acquire that material? If I shoot it 24, I know I can merely slow it down in FCP, but can I get better results by doing it differently?

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Old December 15th, 2008, 12:50 PM   #2
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Which camera? HD100,110 or the 200/250 series? Also which FCP Studio? 1 or 2?

If you have HD100/110 series. shoot either 720p 24fps/30fps with a high shutter speed of 1/100th or higher.... OR shoot Standard Definition SD-HDV 60p at at least 1/125th.. I think (I have yet to try) to capture via imovie and export to FCP. FCP still doesn't recognize (last I heard) the SD HDV 60p format. 720p HDV yes, not the SD 60p HDV.

Now the software question question. FCP Studio 1 doesn't handle (last I checked) the 720p HDV 60p so to make use of the 200/250 series camera you need the newer FCP Studio 2 with updates.

IF You say YES to both, then you can shoot 60p 720p HDV and then muck with it from there. If NO to either then you are I think probably best shooting 720p at 30fps or 24fps and play with the time (turn off frame blending in FCP)
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Old December 15th, 2008, 12:58 PM   #3
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Ok, here's the required info.

Final Cut Studio 2 and the HD200. Will I have to edit in a ProRes timeline so that the different timebases will get along?
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Old December 16th, 2008, 09:08 AM   #4
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Shoot 720p60 for 40% slow-motion.

Capture the 720p60 as ProRes422 or just convert your HDV media (via media manager) into ProRes422. The next step will only work with "all-I-frame" codecs and not HDV.

Open Cinema Tools (skip/cancel if it asks to open or create a database file.)

Select File-->Batch Conform... then choose the folder where your 720p60 ProRes422 media is located (or just select one of the files.)

Select 23.98 fps as the conform rate.

Cinema Tools will then modify the meta data in each of the 60p quicktime files to tell them to play back at 23.98fps. It may also create a new folder for the clips called "conformed" and move them in there.

Just relink back in FCP and your source clips are now all slow-motion 720p24.
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Old February 27th, 2009, 01:54 PM   #5
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ClipWrap

Has the recent update to ClipWrap changed this procedure any? (Ability to go to a different codec while converting the m2t files into mov???

THANKS!
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