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Old December 5th, 2008, 11:28 PM   #1
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MXF (DVCProHD): Grainy Image. Please Help.

hello there...

i'm having this little problem when importing mxf / dvcpro hd files into a final cut pro 6 project. (working on a standard macbook with its onboard video card). the picture in the log and trasfer preview window is crystal clear, but once it's been imported and placed in the timeline, it looks very grainy both in viewer and canvas. is this a macbook video card issue or could my import settings be wrong? and generally, what are the correct project settings for importing mxf / dvcpro hd 1080p25 material?
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Old December 6th, 2008, 01:28 PM   #2
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What you see in FCP is a proxy image. You'd need to hook up an external HD monitor to see the true image which I'll bet is clean if you shot without gain in decent lighting.

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Old December 7th, 2008, 11:04 PM   #3
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but even when i export it to quicktime it's still grainy...

yes, i understand i need to hook it up to a decent monitor, but why would my hdv videos (shot with a sony v1 or z1) look much sharper and cleaner on the same macbook's display while this hd footage shot with a panasonic p2 (and i spent a looooot of money to rent it because of its acclaimed quality) looks obviously grainy and unclean?
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Old December 8th, 2008, 09:44 AM   #4
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Because it's a proxy. You want to see the actual quality you should be looking at a monitor not on your laptop's screen. Post a still if you'd like to because remember we can't see your computer from here.

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Old December 17th, 2008, 01:04 AM   #5
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I was running into the same issue with my MXF files in FCP on my big machine. Once off loaded, they were fine.
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