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Old May 4th, 2010, 07:01 AM   #16
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Old May 4th, 2010, 07:24 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Alister Chapman View Post
One of the issues with the EX1R is that it is primarily an HD camera and all the picture settings are tailored for HD, not SD. The requirements for good HD are quite different for good SD, for example if you have a 2 pixel wide detail correction edge in HD and scale that down to SD it will pretty much disappear altogether leaving you with a soft looking SD picture. In addition it is traditional to use a lot of detail correction in SD to make up for the lack of resolution.

I spent some time working with a couple of SD broadcasters looking at this issue and created a picture profile for the EX1R for SD applications, aimed at matching some older SD DVCAM cameras. You can read details of this here: EX1R SD Picture Profile (Old SD Camera)

I would use these settings as a starting point and then adjust the black gamma depending on the type of look you are after.

I shoot full HD and record as 1080/25p on both my EX1 and the nanoFlash almost exclusively, but sometimes I need the SD version of my footage as well. There are 2 options to get it without using any software (ClipBrowser/NLE) down-conversion:

1. Either set my EX1's SDI to SD (squeezed), and record the 50 Mbps, 422 IMX SD on the nanoFlash
2. OR, having recorded both SxS and nano in fullHD, play the footage back from the EX1 with SDI set to SD
and record SD on the nanoFlash (real-time conversion).

Of course, the first method should give a higher quality SD material - the only downside being that I'm not getting any master quality HD the nanoFlash is capable of. Te great advantage is speed (no need for down-rezzing at all).

Basing on your experience, which PP settings (especially those influencing Detail rendition) should I be using as the best compromise ?
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