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grading HD footage

Posted: Sat, 4th Apr 2009, 3:51am

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FXhomer40781

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I have started capturing/editing in HDV, and was wondering the best file to save the movie in before I color grade in VL? Mpeg2 gives the highest quality, but I think it's an unsupported format for Visionlab. Also, I did some test grading and the resolution lowered noticablly once I finally output to DVD. I used "uncompressed" while rendering, too, not the cinepack or whatever it was called.
Any info would be appreciated, thanks.
Posted: Sat, 4th Apr 2009, 4:40am

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Axeman

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Mpeg2 by no means give the highest quality. It is a highly compressed codec, which works well for a final compression, but will degrade rapidly if used during the editing process. And you are correct, it is not compatible with VisionLab.

Using uncompressed will always ensure that the quality cannot degrade.
Posted: Sat, 4th Apr 2009, 4:55am

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FXhomer40781

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Axeman wrote:

Mpeg2 by no means give the highest quality. It is a highly compressed codec, which works well for a final compression, but will degrade rapidly if used during the editing process. And you are correct, it is not compatible with VisionLab.

Using uncompressed will always ensure that the quality cannot degrade.
Then which format should I save in before sending to VL?
Posted: Sat, 4th Apr 2009, 5:10am

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Axeman

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If you want the highest quality,possible, uncompressed. Whether you use uncompressed .avi or uncompressed .mov is up to you. A good option for keeping file sizes a bit smaller, while still retaining quality, is the Quicktime Animation codec.