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Old June 24th, 2008, 07:39 AM   #1
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How to extract the best quality from Z1 footage to match EX1?

I had posted this same thread a couple of days ago in the Z1 forum, but as nobody there seems to be interested in it, I'll ask to you, dear EX1 users...

I have to edit a video that has been shooted with two cameras, a Z1 and an EX1. The EX1 was set to 1080/25p and the Z1 had the Cineframe mode on. I will edit it on a Final Cut Pro station.

My question is: how to handle the Z1 footage to give it maximum sharpness and make the color artifacts invisible?

Here's what I have found after plaing with FCP for a while:
- The Flicker filter gives away with the color artifacts, but it makes the Y channel a bit soft (obviously).
- If I put the Z1 clips in a 25p sequence with Prores 422 codec and no fields, FCP save the Y channel information, but the aliasing in vivid colors is still evident.

Anyone knows how could I work on the YCbCr channels separately and then put them together again? This is to put different filters in the CbCr channels without affecting the Y channel. The different composition modes that FCP provides cannot do this (at least I haven't discovered how to do it).
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Old June 24th, 2008, 11:37 AM   #2
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Anyone knows how could I work on the YCbCr channels separately and then put them together again?
Combustion, Shake, After Effects and even Photoshop CS3 Extended? Any decent compositing software should do the trick
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Old June 24th, 2008, 06:16 PM   #3
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Yes, I know, but I don't have anyone of these programs, except Photoshop. But there's more than 2 hours of footage to work with, so converting them to stills to work in Photoshop is out of the question.

Is there any way of doing this in Final Cut, with a plug-in filter or something?
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Old June 24th, 2008, 08:30 PM   #4
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Well I've only read briefly about this, but there is a $199 plugin for FCP called Conduit http://www.dvgarage.com/prod/prod.php?prod=conduit2

Check this video: http://69.36.12.13/samples/conduit15...nnels_v150.mov

Also for Photoshop, if you have CS3 Extended version, there is no need for converting to stills. You can open, edit, render video clips... link http://tv.adobe.com do a search for Layers TV - Episode 40... it may shed some insight.
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