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Old August 15th, 2011, 10:12 AM   #1
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best (free) intermediate codec for AVCHD

I currently use the XDCAM format to generate intermediates for AVCHD.
So far the workflow now is far better than using the AVCHD format directly.

Anyway, is there a better solution for this?

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Old August 15th, 2011, 11:48 AM   #2
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Re: best (free) intermediate codec for AVCHD

Hi

The best quality will always come from using the original file on the timeline, however if you have a good intermediate format then you may not really notice.

I go the route of proxies, so I encode MPEG2 HD from AVCHD 50p files and edit with ease on the timeline, then at the time of rendering out I revert back to the original files. So get the best of both worlds. :)

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Old August 16th, 2011, 04:54 AM   #3
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Re: best (free) intermediate codec for AVCHD

Avid DnxHD is great, really solid codec, prob the best unless you want to pay for Cineform.

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Old August 16th, 2011, 03:32 PM   #4
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Re: best (free) intermediate codec for AVCHD

there is a free version of Cineform that works with AVCHD if the camera produces .MP4 files:

CineForm Studio: Software Download

I use the NeoScene version myself so can't verify this limitation to .MP4 files, but i've read that merely renaming other containers to .MP4 does not work.

In any case, Cineform is an amazing codec - surely the best of the available intermediate codecs. I once tested repeated compression down to 6 generations, and saw absolutely no loss.

DNxHD is ok down to, say, a couple of generations. Better than XDCAM?
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