HDV and FCP advice needed!

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Alucardx03, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Alucardx03 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Sony HDR-HC7 HDV camera. I'm looking to archive the footage that is on these tapes (and also keep the tapes, as they lend themselves very well to archiving). I just purchased Final Cut Studio, so I have all of those options available to me.

    What is the absolute best capture codec and best way to output this footage? What kind of files? I want it as near to the original content as humanly possible. Hard drive space is not an issue, considering I have about 3.5 TB and only about 6 tapes. If more space is needed, I'll just buy some more.

    I should also mention, I'm not even looking to cut the videos much, just into large chunks. I'm not going to be doing a lot of fine editing or anything. For example, if a tape has both a vacation and a party on it, I'll separate the two events. That's it.

    So, all you FCS 2 pros out there, I need your advice.
     
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Capture the tape as native HDV. The quality won't get any better than the native codec on the tape.


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  3. Alucardx03 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, Lethal. How would you recommend outputting it?
     
  4. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    Output like back to HDV tape? DVD? A QT to keep on a HDD? What kind of output were you thinking about?


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  5. Alucardx03 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I want to output to a HDD at the highest quality possible, regardless of space. Would you recommend outputting it as an HDV file, or something else?
     
  6. tcgjeukens macrumors regular

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    Log and Capture as MOV file

    Alucardx03,

    To transfer the video from HDR HC7 to FCP, connect camera to Mac using Firewire.
    Start FCP.
    Select "Easy Setup"
    • Format = HDV
    • Rate = 29.97 (in case you are US based)
    • Use = HDV - 1080i60
    Create a new project.
    Under file choose "Log and Capture"
    Start the tape and press the "Now" button.

    Your footage will transfer to Mac without conversion at native format.
    One hour tape will be around 11 - 13 Gb.

    Regards
    Coen
     

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  7. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    If you want to output a finished product to store on a HDD then 10-bit Uncompressed is the highest possible quality and will run a bit over 550GB/hr. Of course that is a ridiculous amount of over kill for the situation. Apple ProRes will run about 60GB/hr which is a bit more manageable. DVCPro HD would also be an okay choice and comes in at about 48GB/hr. DVCPro HD will playback be the easiest to play back on your machine.


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