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: Apple Color Testing Part 2 - 1080i/60 DVCPro HD
My tests on DVCPro HD 1080i/60 MaterialTest One:I opened Color and brought in a 1080i/60 DVCPro HD clip to a timeline.1 - The clip shows as 1920x1080 DVCPro HD and not 1280x1080 like it should.2 - I cannot select DVCPro HD for the codec anywhere.3 - I cannot set the Frame Rate to 29.97. It is greyed out in 23.98.
UPDATE - This was operator error, frame rate needs to be set before adding a clip.4 - I could not render out a DVCPro HD File, the option to render out in “Original Format” is greyed out.Now for this test I simply brought in a single clip, I did NOT export a timeline from Final Cut Pro. BUT I should be able to work with a single clip or clips correctly in Color without having to come in from an FCP timeline. So again, for this test, poor performance from Color.Test Two:Send To Color a 17 second timeline from FCP. 1080i/60 DVCPro HD timeline.Frame Rate in Color – 29.97Frame Size – 1920x1080, this is wrong. Should be 1280x1080 but there's no way to change this.Render out the project and Send To Final Cut Pro.Sequence Settings – DVCPro HD 1080i/60. This is correct.Frame Rate – 29.97Frame Size for the clips – 1280x1080. This is correct.Image Quality – Quality is perfect. Same pristine image that went into Color. Test Three:Same as above, but this time Render out Export to ProRes 422 (HQ)The Sequence that opens up in FCP is a 720p/60 DVCPro HD Sequence. This is strange because I chose ProRex 422 (HQ) as the export / Render option. Compressor is still DVCPro HD in the compression settingsFrame Size for the clips – 1280x1080 This is correct.Image quality – Quality is perfect. Same pristine image that went into Color. Conclusion:Rendering to DVCPro HD and ProRes 422 is pristine in 1080i/60, this is the only DVCPro HD format in my three tests I was able to use correctly.