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Apple Color Testing Part 2 - 1080i/60 DVCPro HD

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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.



Posted by: walter biscardi on Jun 22, 2007 at 6:32:28 amComments (1) editing, apple, final cut pro

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Apple Color 1080i/60 DVCPro HD with Color 1.01
by walter biscardi

Revised Tests using Apple Color 1.01

Test 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 could not render out a DVCPro HD File, the option to render out in “Original Format” is greyed out. I rendered in ProRes HQ.
3 - Send to Final Cut Pro. Video playback is jittery and looks like it is missing fields. Poor video quality, completely unusable.

Test Two:
Send To Color a 17 second timeline from FCP. 1080i/60 DVCPro HD timeline.

Frame Rate in Color – 29.97

Frame 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 – 29.97

Frame Size for the clips – 1280x1080. This is correct.

Image Quality – Pristine, works as it should.

 

Test Three:
Same as above, but this time Render out Export to ProRes 422 (HQ)

The Sequence that opens up in FCP is a 1080/60 DVCPro HD Sequence. This is strange because I chose ProRex 422 (HQ) as the export / Render option. Compressor is still DVCPro HD in the Sequence compression settings

Frame Size for the clips – 1920x1080 This is in-correct for a DVCPro HD timeline. It should be 1280x1080

Image quality - Clips are all stretched out, I have to put on a Distort of 50 to bring the clips back to normal. The requires a double render so it's not useful.

Workaround - Copy all the Clips from this timeline and Paste them into a ProRes HQ timeline, Remove Attributes and play.  Now the clips work fine. 


Conclusion:
This format works ok as long as you send from FCP to Color.  Rendering back to ProRes HQ requires a workaround in FCP to make it work correctly.



Professional Video Editor, Producer, Creative Director, Director since 1990.

Credits include multiple Emmys, Tellys, Aurora and CableAce Awards.

Creative Director for Georgia-Pacific and GP Studios, Atlanta. Former Owner / Operator of Biscardi Creative Media. The show you knew us best for was "Good Eats" on the Food Network. I developed the HD Post workflow and we also created all the animations for the series.

Favorite pastime is cooking with pizza on the grill one of my specialties. Each Christmas Eve we serve the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian seafood meal with approx. 30 items on the menu.

If I wasn't in video production I would either own a restaurant or a movie theater.

 




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