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: Apple Color Testing Part 3 - 720p/60 DVCPro HD
My tests on DVCPro HD 720p/60 MaterialTest One:I opened Color and brought in a 720p/60 DVCPro HD clip to a timeline.1 - The clip shows as 1280x720 DVCPro HD and not 960x720 like it should.2 - I cannot select DVCPro HD for the codec anywhere.3 - I cannot set the Frame Rate to 59.94. 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 14 second timeline from FCP. 720p/60 DVCPro HD timeline.Frame Rate in Color – 59.94Frame Size – 1280x720, this is wrong. Should be 960x720 but there's no way to change this.Render out the project and Send To Final Cut Pro.Sequence Settings – DVCPro HD 720/60. This is correct.Frame Rate – 59.94Frame Size for the clips – 960x720. This is correct.Image Quality - I'm seeing bad rasterization on any vertical or horizontal lines and an overall degradation in quality from Color. Video has taken a bad image quality hit with a lot of compression artifacts visible during playback and especially when in pause. 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 – 960x720. This is correct for 720p/60 DVCPro HD.Image quality – Identical to the DVCPro HD render, which is quite surprising because in the 1080i/50 test, the Pro Res render was very sharp.I'm seeing bad rasterization on any vertical or horizontal lines and an overall degradation in quality from Color. Video has taken a bad image quality hit with a lot of compression artifacts visible during playback and especially when in pause. Conclusion:Rendering both in DVCPro HD and ProRes 422(HQ) yielded the same bad, unusable results in image quality. The results of my 720p/60 tests are nearly identical to the issues I was seeing in Final Touch HD 2.6.