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Old July 31st, 2006, 09:55 PM   #1
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HD Workflow Order? (HD & interlace virgin here!)

Okay, I know that no question is a dumb question, but I am totally new to HD. I'm primarily a director and composer, and not an editor, so I previously have only someone else do all of my DV work in Final Cut while I watched/commented, so I want to make sure that I get this right.

I recently completed an HDV short that will likely be 14-18 minutes after final edit. (Although I have hours and hours of footage- I really wanted to make sure I got some good stuff in the can). I am overall extremely happy with the quality of the captured footage. We shot the project on a Z1-U/1080 50i. Beautiful colors. A lot of it looks rather filmic or close to true HD right out of the camera even before de-interlacing. (to me the Z1U's somewhat blurrier resolution as compared to the super-sharp HDW is a bit more natural-looking in some scenes and works with an intimate piece with lots of close-ups and few wide shots) Here are the basics:

Camera: Sony Z1-U
Original format: 1080 50i
Captured in: Premiere Pro (upgrading to 2.0) + Cineform AspectHD

Post tools that I have: Premiere Pro 2.0 w/ ASPECTHD, After Effects 7, (the entire Adobe video editing bundle), Magic Bullet HD Suite, RevisionFX fields Kit

As all of the previous DV experience I have was on the Canon DVX, I am unsure as to the correct editing workflow for a film shot interlaced and not progressive. I recently read the "HD to film" article by Rev. John Jackman


Perhaps I read it incorrectly, but it seems as though he chose to de-interlace after color correction. Of course, he is a n extremely knowledgeable man. there will be a moderate use of effects and interesting scene transitions. This is truly an 'artsy' film- a little experimental, (but not so overboard as to be shown by Dieter from Sprockets!). I was originally thinking that if time is not a major factor at the moment, that I would have the editor go the route of:

1. de-interlacing and fixing artifacting
2. Essential color correction and continuity
3. Adding effects
4. Final color correction (I may have this professionally done)
5. Magic Bullet tweaking and titles.

Is this the correct workflow order? I have a lot of time (will edit from Sept through early Dec), so it's not like this is a rush job at all. Any suggestions on what to do in order to make this the highest visual production quality? Sound and music are my forte, so I'm not as worried about that as the piece is predominately narrated and completely recorded in-studio.

I am primarily concerned about which workflow order will work best. I was simply going to choose the best cuts and then have my editor work with the rest after we have de-interlaced.

Any suggestions?
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