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Old April 23rd, 2009, 05:47 PM   #1
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HQ or SQ żLess processor intensive?

Hi there. Next week I will be working for the first time with my EX1 on a high pressure enviroment. I will need to deliver 4 two minute videos a day on H264 at Standard Definition, so it doesn't matter the original definition. So what I'm wondering is which is the best way to do it with the EX1.

I will be editing on a MacBook Pro w/ 2Ghz Intel Core Duo and 2 GB RAM.

What I'm wondering is which format is less processor intensive, is it VBR 35mbps 1080P, 720P or 25mbps 1080i ?

Since I have to deliver 480 then it's ok to shoot any format

Hope you guys can help
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Old April 25th, 2009, 06:35 PM   #2
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25mbps is going to be less processor intensive regardless of 1080 or 720. Most suggest shooting in 720 if you are purposing for NTSC/DV. I agree with this approach. Unless the footage is valuable and can be sold for millions of dollars down the road.

If it is only 2 minutes in length I wouldn't be worrying about render time. Even if you are rendering several hours of 1080/35mbps it is still doable on your machine.

Hardrive space may be your biggest concern.
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Old April 26th, 2009, 03:35 AM   #3
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720P is less processor intensive and I use 720P50 (720P60) if I need to produce an interlace SD output. For progressive output such as web movies I shoot 720P25.
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