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Posted: Thu, 12th Aug 2010, 12:56am

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UnrealProductions

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can some one give me the details on how to get highest quality possible

i have a HV40 it shoots 1080p so im good with my camera just need to edit highest possible

thanks UnrealProductions
Posted: Thu, 12th Aug 2010, 1:30am

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Axeman

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Quality and resolution are entirely different things, for the most part. You can have all the pixels in the world and if they are compressed using a crap codec, you'll have a big image that looks like crap.

The codec the HV40 uses is NOT designed for editing, so you need to convert the footage to a better codec right away. To get the highest quality possible, when you capture the footage to your computer, convert it to uncompressed. Then keep in in uncompressed throughout the editing process. Once the whole project is completed, export it to a delivery codec that will get you a smaller file size.
Posted: Thu, 12th Aug 2010, 2:14am

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UnrealProductions

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ok well i have a stationary PC so is there any way that i can put it on my computer then edit it?
Posted: Thu, 12th Aug 2010, 5:37am

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Sure, just when you capture it to your PC, convert it immediately to Uncompressed. Ideally, you convert it during the process of copying the files from the camera to the computer, during capture. There are also lots of good intermediate codecs designed for editing that will maintain good quality while reducing file sizes somewhat, when compared to uncompressed, but with uncompressed you are certain to be retaining the maximum quality.

QuickTime Animation, Apple Intermediate, and ProRes are all excellent intermediate codecs for Quicktime. I don't know what's available for .avi.