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Help! ... Drop in final quality!

Posted: Mon, 20th Jun 2011, 1:33pm

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Bazorca

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Apologies if this already been covered, as I'm new to FXhome.

I recently experimented with my first film using Fx home Visionlab Studio, filming my two boys fighting with their lightsabers! The footage was filmed on a Canon semi pro camcorder with mini dv tape and edited on final cut express.

Despite taking me a few days to produce the 2 minute film, everything seemed to be going well. However, it wasn't until I'd burnt the project to DVD that I noticed the drop in quality. The clarity is not as good, and there is a 'shuddering' to any movement (arms, legs etc) - almost as if I've added a slight strobe / ghost effect!

The problem is not related to the DVD burning, it just wasn't that obvious until I watched it on a larger screen.

Please help!
Posted: Mon, 20th Jun 2011, 8:06pm

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Mike Q

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What codec did you render to when you rendered the file out of visionlab?
Posted: Wed, 22nd Jun 2011, 11:30am

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Bazorca

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Thanks for replying to this Mike!

I'll be honest my computer knowledge is pretty limited! ... I exported it from VisionLab back to Final Cut as follows...
Aspect Ratio: D1/DV Pal Widescreen (1.42)
Scan: Interlaced (Even)
Sampling: 4:2:0 (mini DV Pal / HDV)

Render Settings: Quicktime (.mov)

I did notice on the rendering tutorial that there were far more options than I have, but the demo is on a PC and I have an Apple IMac - so I guess that's why it's different!

I initially exported the film from Final Cut Express using Quicktime Conversion as follows...
Compression Type: DV-Pal
Compression Quality: Best
Scan Mode: Interlaced
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

The film was then imported to VisionLab as...

Aspect Ratio: D1/DV Pal Widescreen (1.42)
Scan: Interlaced (Even)
Sampling: 4:2:0 (mini DV Pal / HDV)

Hope that's enough info!
Posted: Wed, 22nd Jun 2011, 4:08pm

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Axeman

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That's all good, but the main bit of relevant info is what compression type you used, which is selected in the screen that pops up after you select "Render" from the menu. You name the file and choose your codec (compression type). The codec is what will affect the final quality of the scene.
Posted: Thu, 23rd Jun 2011, 11:36am

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Bazorca

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I'm pretty sure it was DV-Pal!