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Old July 25th, 2009, 10:21 AM   #1
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ProHD for Blu-Ray Release?

Hi there --

Is ProHD footage shot in 720p of sufficient quality for BlueRay DVD? What's a good way to upscale the footage to 1080p? Can this be done with FCP or is specialized equipment needed?

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Old July 25th, 2009, 12:37 PM   #2
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Hi there --

Is ProHD footage shot in 720p of sufficient quality for BlueRay DVD? What's a good way to upscale the footage to 1080p? Can this be done with FCP or is specialized equipment needed?

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720p24 (and 23.976) is part of the Blu-Ray standard.

There is a chart on Wikipedia:
Blu-ray Disc - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old July 25th, 2009, 11:51 PM   #3
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Yes, it is good enough.

Yes, Pro-HD footage is plenty good enough for BluRay IMHO. As has been said many times before, resolution is only a small part of image quality- there is lighting, technique, editing, many, many things that go into producing a quality image.

For projects that demand the highest possible quality I edit in Edius (FCP works fine too) then I export the EDL. Then using a free After Effects plugin I found somewhere(don't remember where) I import that EDL into After Effects. I increase the bit depth to 32bit and my resolution to 2K. Then I do all my color correction, dissolves, graphics, and effects. From there you can send the whole project over to Encore and put together the BluRay.
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Old July 26th, 2009, 04:11 AM   #4
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Since Blu-Ray can use H264 or Mpeg2 you don't even need to re-encode during the authoring process. The mpeg2 transport stream files just need to be demuxed and converted into program stream files, and it would be a good idea to convert the audio into Dolby Digital AC3.
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