1080i60 on iMovie via HV20

smitha96

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Jan 11, 2005
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I've been importing my new HD video (from the HV20) into iMovie. These are family videos that I store digitally on a hard drive (and backup). I then reuse the same HD DV tapes.

Some questions:
1. Do I lose quality storing the video in a digital format? If I want to save space and convert the material to MP4, would I lose quality? Is MPEG Steamclip a decent converter? It's what I've been using because it's so much faster than quicktime and appears to use my four cores more efficiently (~350% vs. ~250%).

2. Do I lose quality importing the media into iMovie? Does iMovie recognize it at 60fps? Should I instead purchase FCP and use that instead? Would I have a higher quality video with FCP?

3. What, if anything, should I do about interlacing?

Thanks!
 

LethalWolfe

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Jan 11, 2002
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I've been importing my new HD video (from the HV20) into iMovie. These are family videos that I store digitally on a hard drive (and backup). I then reuse the same HD DV tapes.
You might want to think about just buying more tapes as it's more cost effective and more reliable than using HDDs.

1. Do I lose quality storing the video in a digital format? If I want to save space and convert the material to MP4, would I lose quality? Is MPEG Steamclip a decent converter? It's what I've been using because it's so much faster than quicktime and appears to use my four cores more efficiently (~350% vs. ~250%).
If you transcode to make the files smaller you'll lose quality.

2. Do I lose quality importing the media into iMovie? Does iMovie recognize it at 60fps? Should I instead purchase FCP and use that instead? Would I have a higher quality video with FCP?
No
Yes, (1080i is 60 fields, not frames, per second FYI)
Only if/when iMovie and/or FCE stop meeting your needs
No

3. What, if anything, should I do about interlacing?
I wouldn't worry about it but if you watch your finished videos on your computer you can de-interlace them if the interlacing bugs you but it will be at the cost of image quality (which may or may not be noticeable to you).


Lethal
 

dusko

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Jan 16, 2009
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I don't think that iMovie support 60 fps.1080i 60 fields is actually 30 fps progressive which you can import in iMovie.