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Old July 12th, 2010, 04:54 AM   #1
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New setup so re-thinking Workflow.

So just for fun (read totally non-professional) I shoot with an EX1 mostly 1920 x 1080 30p. Edit using Vegas 9e on a Dell i7 920 @ 2.67 GHz 4 GB memory Windows 7 64 bit. Render off to mxf for computer playback (new 24” Dell top-of-the-line monitor), and archiving. I save the project files and burn as data to DVD’s.

I don’t do a lot of fancy editing mostly just cuts, occasionally brightness and contrast adjustments and sometimes color correction. I am not making a full length feature movie and printing to film is not in my future.

Seems to be just fine. Might want to burn blu ray discs at a future date
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So my questions is am I doing good or is there a better work flow approach given this cool hot new gear setup I now have?

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Old August 6th, 2010, 02:49 PM   #2
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Hi John

Seems like if it works for you that's where it's at. I burn to MP4s for computer viewing myself
If I ever want to burn a DVD to playback I have a cookbook process I follow to render.....

I'm experimenting with the best BluRay workflow now.
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Old August 6th, 2010, 07:09 PM   #3
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Thanks Harry, appreciate your comment. So many options, and with this new computer setup the render times are mercifully mind bogglingly short. My approach is to edit and render a master (if thatís the right word) file that is used on a day-to-day basis to play on this computer and archived and is then used as a point of departure to produce a file for web publishing, DVD and or Blu Ray creation and so on. In the past one struggled to maintain the highest possible quality (minimum compression) with acceptable file size. Now with storage at a penny a gig and computer processors that resemble rocket science the game has changed hugely, for the better. Anything goes, as you say.

I read somewhere that Douglas Spotted Eagle recommends MXF as a good format to render to for creating a master file, I think thatís what he said, and in as much as I have found his comments can be taken without salt thatís what I have been doing.

But here is something I donít get:

I pop a file directly off the EX1 (MP4) onto the Vegas 9 Pro time-line, size is 140,566 KB.
I render to XDCAM EX1 (*.MP4) no re-compression required, file size 140,025 KB
I render to MXF no re-compression required, file size is 110,305 KB

Now given that there is no re-compression happening in either case the reduced file size is a good thing, I think, even though the render time to MXF is slightly longer, but not a lot.

Would I be better off to convert the EX1 files to MXF files before dropping on the time-line? Does it make a difference in any way? An extra step but not a big deal.

Or would I be better off dropping the EX1 files right off the camera as is then after editing render back to EX1 MP4 format and not go MXF at all?

Or is there another approach better yet?
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