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Old May 20th, 2008, 07:12 PM   #1
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Best Workflow - in / out of FCP and Color?

I see that Color will export PRO RES HD - does that mean, that it will automatically convert the XDcam footage to pro-rez and then render and then export back to fcp for the best quality?

OR does it render in XDcam and export in pro-rez (thus lower quality)?

Otherwise, do I need to convert all my Sequence to PRO-REZ, then goto color and then re-import a 2nd copy of pro-rez? (twice the disc space, plus the xdcam copy of the sequence)

Or can I get away with one exported copy of XDcam and one imported Pro Rez from color? Thanks.
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Old May 21st, 2008, 03:59 AM   #2
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1. In FCP select SendTo->Color
in Color you automatically will be working on the native xdcam-footage.
2. In Color select your export-format (default is ProResHQ) and render it.
It will process the frames and then compress them with the selected format.
3. select SentTo->FCP
in FCP you then will have a generated sequence with the files generated by Color.
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Old May 21st, 2008, 01:47 PM   #3
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So, to be clear here - when Color processes the XDcam footage from final cut, it will convert it to 4:2:2 colorspace prorez, then process (in the better color space) and then save it as prorez?

I'm just making sure it is NOT processing it in XDcam in 4:2:0 colorspace and then saving it in prorez. (That would seem rather a dumb option) - but I just want to make sure this is true. So I do not have to convert my sequence to Prorez first (an extra copy) then export to color, and reimport the new seq into fcp. Thanks.
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